Glenn “Buddy” Westbrook thinks there should be an endangered-species list for food. Like the gray bat or the red-cockaded woodpecker, boiling-water corn bread and dried apple pies just might become extinct.
Westbrook is dedicated to saving and preserving old-fashioned, time-consuming recipes. He has written A Collection of Heirloom Kentucky & Southern Recipes, Featuring How Kentuckians Really Fry Chicken at Home. He hopes it will revive interest in and appreciation for treasured recipes.
Westbrook grew up in London, where home-cooked foods were prepared with great care from the rich tradition of Kentucky and Southern hospitality, he said.
While serving in the Korean War, Westbrook visited Paris and Provence, France; Monaco and the Riviera in Italy; and Würzburg in Bavaria, Germany.
“Food was literally a passport to friendship with people in each country,” Westbrook said.
Before retirement, Westbrook designed kitchens for homes, horse farms, schools, hospitals and Kentucky resort parks. His sampler cookbook is available for $9.99 at www.buddywestbrook.com. Printed copies also are available online.
Share a mid-week recipe
Often, preparing healthy mid-week dinners is a chore. We’re looking for recipes to help busy mothers make smart choices. If you would like to share recipes that work for you, post yours at www.bluegrassmoms.com. Names will be entered in a drawing for a copy of my cookbook, Flavors of Kentucky, in its third printing.
A Favorite open house
My Favorite Things, 2721 Old Rosebud Road, near Garden Ridge in Hamburg, will have an open house Friday and Saturday. Barbara Harper-Bach will autograph copies of her newest cookbook, My Mother’s Kitchen: Five Generations of Mothers Cooking in Horse Country. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (859) 264-0837.
Eat the chips, then turn bag into compost
If you’re a midnight snacker, you might have to take your SunChips outdoors to open them — or you’ll wake the entire household.
The 10½-ounce package of SunChips is designed to fully break down when placed in a hot, active compost bin or pile. Because it’s made with plant-based materials, it makes a loud crackling sound when you touch it. The manufacturer’s Web site, www.sunchips.com, explains how the package is made and includes tips for composting.
Lean, but with fiber
If your New Year’s diet is now the spring swimsuit diet, rejuvenate it with some new items from Lean Cuisine. The Spa Cuisine dishes contain five to six grams of dietary fiber in each serving.
The new entrees are apple cranberry chicken (grilled chicken in an apple reduction with cranberries, French cut green beans and whole wheat pilaf), with 6 grams of fiber; roasted honey chicken (roasted chicken in a sweet honey sauce with snap peas, yellow beans and whole wheat pilaf), with 5 grams fiber, and Thai-style noodles with chicken, green beans and carrots in a creamy chili peanut sauce, which has 5 grams of fiber. They sell for $3.59.
If you bake a special Betty Crocker cake for Easter, you can help the Make-A-Wish Foundation grant wishes to children.
Betty Crocker’s Stirring Up Wishes Program is donating 10 cents to the foundation for every specially marked package bought through the end of May. Products include cake, frosting; muffin, cookie and brownie mixes; and select Warm Delights and Bisquick items. Go to www.StirringUpWishes.com.
You can use a Betty Crocker yellow cake mix to make this Easter cake.
Easter basket cake
1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist yellow cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
1 container Betty Crocker rich & creamy chocolate fudge frosting
1 cup shredded coconut
Green food color
Candy Easter eggs
Heat oven to 350 degrees (325 degrees for dark or non-stick pans). Make cake as directed on box for two 8-inch or 9-inch round pans. Let cool.
Place 1 cake layer, rounded side down, on serving plate. Spread with about 1⁄3 cup frosting. Top with second layer, rounded side up. Frost side of cake and spread a thin layer of frosting on top of cake. Make a basket-weave pattern in frosting on side of cake by drawing inch-long horizontal and vertical lines with tines of fork. Shake coconut and 3 or 4 drops food color in tightly covered jar until evenly tinted; sprinkle on top of cake. Place candy eggs on coconut. Store loosely covered.