When Jasmine at Confessions of a Cardamom Addict invited me to join in her event, A Day that Really Schmecks, in honor of Edna Staebler, I was delighted to join. Due to a post office problem (I never got Edna's cookbook), I wasn't able to join part one, but Jasmine graciously held a second event for latecomers like me. Now, until Jasmine mentioned the book, I had never heard of Edna. Born in Ontario, Edna was a prolific author and best known for her book, Food That Really Schmecks, recipes based on Mennonite home cooking.
The book is full of Edna commentary, a warm, folksy touch here and there about the origin or a memory of a particular recipe. I must confess that when I first read through the book looking for a recipe to make for the event, I wasn't struck by anything in particular, until I hit the cookies section. And maybe it was the particular mood I was in but her one line comment for that most plebian of all chocolate cookie desserts -- the Brownie -- was something of a challenge and something of an enticement: "The best I've ever tasted." I'm deeply fond of brownies. For Christmas my nieces sent us a box of Fat Witch Brownies and we very quickly devoured those.
Still, for an event in which the first set of participants made
desserts as delicious sounding as Coconut Cloud Cake and Maple Syrup
Cake with Soft Maple Icing, I thought I needed to try something more
complex. I eyed the tapioca pudding based on Hubby's preference for
the stuff; but nixed that seeing as how I wanted to eat what I
made too and tapioca pudding just doesn't do it for me. I dog eared
the book and circled various recipes, but I kept coming back to the
brownie recipe. And ultimately, the point of Edna's cooking is summed
up in the title -- food that really Schmecks...that is, food that
really tastes good.
And is there anything that tastes better than a warm brownie with a tall glass of cold milk?
Was Edna right? Were these the "best I've ever tasted?" Well...there's not much left in the pan. And we're out of milk.
Heaven in 30 minutes: that really Schmecks.
Jasmine will have the second round of posts on her site soon so go and see what other food bloggers chose to make from Edna's wide repertoire!