Literacy Cook Book

When you buy the Literacy Cookbook in addition to having 211 new recipes to enjoy, you also help an adult in the HBPL literacy program learn to read and write.

200+ Favorite Recipes from the HB Library Literacy Volunteers and Adult Learners

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Sample Recipe


Grandma Goldie’s Honey Cake

3 cups flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup sugar

16 ounce honey

16 ounce strong, brewed coffee (cooled)

1/2 cup oil

3 eggs, separated

Almonds and/or raisins are optional

My grandmother, Goldie, used to bake this cake for special family gatherings. She’s 99 years old now and I bake one for her every time I visit.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend all dry ingredients. Make a well in the center and mix in all wet ingredients except egg whites and beat well. Beat egg whites in separate container until stiff then fold into mixture. Pour into bundt pan (can be made as a loaf). Bake approximately one hour (center should be cooked but moist). Tip: The better the quality of honey the better the cake will taste!

Cathy Parsa

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Table of Contents

Breakfast & Brunch                                                                                                            

1. Agg Pankaka (Swedish Oven Pancakes)
2. Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast with Blueberry Syrup
3. Brunch Blintz Souffle
4. Chili Cheese Casserole
5. Easy Brunch Dish
6. Homemade Granola
7. Lyn’s Omelet Filling
8. Susan’s Easy French Toast

Soups, Salads, Sauces

9. 3 Bean Salad
10. Anna’s Chinese Cabbage Salad
11. Another Zucchini Salad by Lyn
12. Apply Cole Slaw
13. Corn and Three Bean Salad
14. Fiesta Bean Salad
15. Green Pea Salad
16. Grilled Mushroom Potato Salad with Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette
17. Hand-Shredded Chinese Chicken Salad
18. Hot Pea Salad
19. Lasagna Tortilla & Chicken Salad
20. Lyn’s Zucchini & Cabbage Salad
21. Manhattan Clam Chowder
22. Marinated Squash & Arugula Salad
23. Minty Pineapple Sauce
24. Portuguese Bean Soup
25. Somen Salad Dressing
26. Spinach Pasta Salad
27. Spring Salad
28. Susan’s Simple Taco Soup
29. Wade’s Frosted Cranberry Salad
30. Waldorf Salad

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31. Artichoke Dip
32. Baja Seafood Cocktail
33. Black Bean and Corn Salsa
34. Caponata
35. Cheese-Filled Endive Spears
36. Corn Relish
37. Dressing the Cheese Plate
38. Egg Rolls
39. Ham and Cheese Ring
40. Hot Crab Dip
41. Parmesan Chicken Bites
42. Quichlets
43. Quick Easy Dip for Vegetables
44. Salami Squares
45. Seven Layer Dip
46. Stuffed Mushroom Appetizer
47. Stuffed Mushroom Caps
48. Susan’s Cheese Ball
49. Sweet and Sour Meatballs
50. Vegetable Boboli
51. Vietnamese Egg Rolls
52. Walnut Mushroom Pate
53. Warm Gorgonzola Stuffed Figs with Balsamic Glaze

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Meats, Main Dishes & Sandwiches

54. Apple-Walnut Turkey Sandwiches
55. Asian Stir Fry
56. Cebiche De Pejerreyes
57. Chicken Artichoke
58. Chicken Leone
59. Chicken Mar Bella
60. Chicken Pariseanne
61. Chicken Parmesan Pasta
62. Dave’s Meatballs
63. Easy Teriyaki Marinade
64. Ellie’s Enchiladas
65. Epifania’s Sopes
66. Flame-Broiled Chicken
67. Fried Salmon
68. Garlic Asian Chicken
69. Halibut with herb Almond Crust
70. Joe O’Brien’s Secret Spaghetti Sauce
71. Lemon Chicken Piccata
72. Lithuanian Zeppelins
73. Lyn’s Chicken Sonora
74. Lyn’s Italian Mess
75. Maple-Glazed Turkey Roast
76. Mrs. Trzynka’s hot Dish
77. Nancy’s Tuna Casserole
78. Old European Casserole
79. Orange Glazed Ribs
80. Orange Honey Ham Glaze
81. Pakistani Chicken
82. Pecan-Orange Crusted Salmon Fillet
83. Plumed-Pepper Grilled Salmon
84. Poached Fish
85. Pork Tenderloins in Bourbon Marinade
86. Rio Grand Stew
87. Samantha’s Spaghetti Ala Carbonara
88. Sate Chicken, Beef, Pork or Shrimp
89. Shepherds Pie
90. Shrimp with Garlic and Herb Butter
91. Spaghetti Pie
92. Susan’s Beef Taco Bake
93. Susan’s Chicken Enchiladas
94. Susan’s Seafood Scampi
95. Susan’s Surprise Chicken
96. Toy’s Tuna Casserole
97. Tuna Noodle Casserole
98. Turkey Lasagna
99. Turkey Ranch Wraps

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100. Baby Carrots with Fresh Dill
101. Baked Beans
102. Barley Almond Casserole
103. Best Bean Casserole
104. Black Bean Chili with Tomatillos
105. Carrots Your Kids Will Eat
106. Chicken Wild Rice Casserole
107. Chile Rellenos Casserole
108. Corn Casserole
109. Creamed Corn
110. Fon’s Ham Fried Rice
111. Fresh Garden Salsa
112. Lyn’s Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
113. Lyn’s Vegetable Chicken Rice Casserole
114. Marinated Zucchini
115. Mashed Sweet Potatoes
116. Nana Leal’s Boston Baked Beans
117. Pine Nut and Basil Rice
118. Potatoes A La Huacaina
119. Rice Mushroom Casserole
120. Roasted Asparagus with Lemon

121. Roasted Potatoes with Garlic & Rosemary                                                                
122. Roasted Red Bell Peppers
123. Sauteed Green Beans with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Onions

124. Scalloped Potatoes with Asiago Cheese & Sage
125. Scalloped Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Herbs de Provence
126. Squashed Cherry Tomato & Smashed Olive Bruschetta
127. String Beans with Potatoes
128. Stuffed Baby Eggplant
129. Stuffed Mushroom Caps
130. Tangy Mustard Cauliflower
131. Wild Rice Casserole

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Breads, Rolls & Pastries

132. Banana Tea Bread
133. Blueberry Angel food Muffins
134. Bread Boats with Artichoke Filling
135. Citrus Nut Bread
136. Corn Pone
137. Fabulous Focaccia
138. Famous Turron De Dona Pepa
139. Garlic Bread
140. Irish Soda Bread
141. Orange Date Bread
142. Pineapple Zucchini Bread
143. Pistachio Biscotti
144. Pull-Apart Garlic Bread
145. Sizzler Cheese Toast
146. Zucchini Bread

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Cakes, Cookies, Desserts

147. After Your Own Heart
148. Almond Cookie Recipe
149. Anna’s Cranberry Torte
150. Apricot Bars
151. Baghlava
152. Banana Bread
153. Banana Drop Cookies
154. Blueberry Fool
155. Brilliant Candy Slices
156. Cake Brownies
157. Carrot Cake
158. Carrot Cake by Freda
159. Cheesecake
160. Chocolate Almond Cheesecake
161. Chocolate Bundt Cake
162. Chocolate Chip Cake
163. Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
164. Chocolate Meringue Cookies
165. Chocolate-Cherry Cake
166. Congo Squares
167. Cranberry Bars
168. Cream Puffs
169. Diana’s Apple Cake
170. Dump Cake
171. Glutinous Rice Cake
172. Good Southern Cobbler
173. Grandma Goldie’s Honey Cake
174. Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert
175. Ice Cream with Orange-Praline Sauce
176. Jell-O Ice Cream
177. Laura’s Cheese Pie
178. Mandelbrot Cookies
179. Maria’s Gelatina Yell-O
180. Mocha Sheet Cake with Pecans
181. Noodle Pudding
182. One of Everything Peanut Butter Cookie
183. Peach Delight
184. Peach Pound Cake
185. Peanut Butter Pie
186. Peggy’s Better Than Sex Chocolate Stack
187. Potato Chip Cookies
188. Pumpkin Dessert
189. Quick Cherry Cobbler
190. Red and White Cookies
191. Rum Cake or Lemon Cake
192. Strawberry Mousse
193. Sugar Spot Banana Muffins
194. Swedish Apple Pie
195. Teresa’s World-Famous (Almost) White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut
196. Tiger Balls
197. Toffee Butter Crunch
198. Tomato Soup Cake
199. Trifle
200. Wade’s Pumpkin Roll
201. Yule Cake

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Seasoned Nuts & Butter

202. Black Pepper Almonds
203. Chocolate Coated Pecans
204. Flavored Butters
205. Honey Crystal Almonds
206. Roasted Spice Almonds
207. Spice in a Snap
208. Sugared Pecans


209. A Toast to Eggnog
210. Famous Peruvian Drink
211. Low-Fat Date Shakes
212. The Fresh Smoothie

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Price $6.95 (tax deductible donation)

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