The pleasures of treasures
They're old, they're new, they're borrowed but they're never blue - we're talking recipes here, not wedding charms. Specifically, we're talking about the 200 prize-winning recipes from America's hometowns gathered in Better Homes and Gardens Treasured Recipes. The food editors at Better Homes and Gardens magazine started their Prize Tested Recipe Contest in 1923 and, over the following decades, millions of home cooks have come to look for that red plaid seal of approval when choosing dishes to make for their families. The treasures here come from all over the country and cover every meal from breakfast to dinner, with extra helpings of cookies and candies (great for the holidays) and a bountiful bevy of breads. Part of the fun is discovering what we were cooking way back when, what pleases our palates today and what happened along the way. Whether it's mushroom-topped, marinated Somerset Steak from 1930, feathery light Banana Cream Cake from 1961 or superbly spiced Indian-Thai Basil Chicken in Coconut Sauce, the 1997 grand prize-winner, these timeless recipes, shared with pride by their creators, form a treasure chest of the best, all tested and endorsed by the renowned Better Homes and Gardens test kitchens.
Sybil Pratt has cooked up this column for more than five years.