Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Visiting the Kitchen of Margaret Caso!

Cranberry Ring Mold
If the front cover of this book doesn't get you interested...in eating... if you enjoy browsing through recipes, looking for something to have for dinner... if you especially like quick, easy recipes that are not all "from scratch"...then this book is for you...

Braciola Rolled Beef
When relatives started asking Margaret Caso for her recipes, she responded by providing not only hers, but those from friends and family. The book immediately reminded me of those church-created recipe books from many years ago, when the ladies would create such a book for the women's groups... And you knew the food was going to be good, because you'd already tasted it at a family dinner, or a church or social event!

To illustrate the format, I picked out a recipe that even I could do--not being someone who does wonderful things in the kitchen.

Magic Bars


1. 2 cups (12oz) Nestles toll house semi-sweet chocolate morsels
2. 1 can (14 oz) Carnation sweetened condensed milk
3. 1 cup chopped walnuts
4. 1 tsp vanilla extract


1. Line 8 or 9 inch square baking pan with foil.
2. Combine morsels and sweetened condensed milk in medium, heavy-duty saucepan.
3. Warm over lowest possible heat, stirring until smooth.
4. Remove from heat, stir in nuts and vanilla.
5. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Lift from pan.
6. Remove foil; cut into pieces.

What could be easier?

Meatballs and Sauce
The book contains appetizers through the entire meal with multiple options of meat and pasta and other side dishes, and then finishes with several recipes for sauces...

Shepherd's Pie
The book includes pictures for some of the recipes (though the ones included here are not from the book)... So, though I may not have yet tried any of the recipes, I did pick out a number that I either already had eaten  or that sounded like something I'd like to taste! Then there were foods I'd seen in the many novels I read, not knowing what they were exactly... One, Shepherd's Pie, really sounded like my kind of meal! You?

I recommend you check out the Table of Contents and I'm almost positive you are going to be  intrigued by the variety of options that you can take into your kitchen...Maybe Tonight!


Editor at Branden Books
Teacher at Reading Memorial High School

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