Community Cookbooks

I love old community cookbooks.  Especially ones from the 50’s…the recipes tend to be “whole food” (read:  no prepared soups, dressings, boxed stuff).  They are usually from scratch, easy, fast,  and good.

Say what you want about the 1950’s and earlier (…and there is a lot to be said, and a lot to be grateful for the changes since then…), but when it comes to food–we spent more time, effort, had skill and fed our families better than we are now.  “Whole food” wasn’t a trend–it was just food.  Real people, eating real food.  Every Day.  Imagine…

So…cook like your Grandma, cause she had it going on.

Yesterday my sweet little baby girl turned 11.  Wow, how time flies!  Her favourite cake is cheesecake.  Here is my take on cheesecake, inspired from a community cookbook, of course!

raspberry almond cheesecake torte Raspberry Almond Cheesecake Torte

1 cup soft butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp pure almond extract
1 3/4 cup flour

Cream butter almond and sugar together.  Add flour and mix until well combined and it comes together.  Press dough into the bottom of a 9″ spring form pan and 2″ up the sides.

Filling:1 pkg (block) room temp cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
Combine cheese and sugar, mix well with beaters.  Add egg-beat well and pour onto dough base.

3/4 can raspberry pie filling
toasted almond slicesCarefully spoon raspberry over cheese mixture, spreading evenly to the edge.

Place pan onto a cookie sheet with edges (as sometimes it will drip butter from the base) and bake at 425 degrees for 10 min the reduce heat to 375 degrees and continue to bake for 35 minutes more.  Loosen pan and cool well and top with almond slices before serving.  
Tip:  This should be stored in the fridge–bring to room temp before serving.



5 Responses to “Community Cookbooks

  • Hi there,
    I’d like to invite you to join the site where users can search through hundreds of thousands of recipes from Canadian food sites and blogs.

    We noticed that you have a great number of tasty recipes on your blog and would like to suggest you have a look at our Top Food Blogs section here:

    If you want to add your food blog to the list and have your recipes indexed on all you have to do is follow the instructions here:

    Warm regards,

    • Thanks so much for stopping in, and for your kind words! I’ve checked out your site, and added my blog to your top blog list!–thanks so much for connecting with me 🙂

  • Hi, I’m Ana from It is a site in which users vote recipes from 1 to 10.

    There is a ranking of the best recipes and a profile with your voted recipes. Each recipe has a link to the blog which belongs the recipe. This way you will get traffic to your blog.

    It’s easy, fast and fun. The best Photo recipes will be here.

    You are invited to enter, add your blog and upload a recipe with a nice photo.

    You are able to see your stats:

    -Number of visits to your blog from
    -Number of votes received every day
    -Number of votes received by each category
    -Number of votes for each grade (1-10)
    -Number of votes for each recipe.

    You can watch how its works here

    We would love that you participate with some recipe. Looks Amazing!

    Best regards

Leave a Reply