This past Saturday night for our Sabbath Dinner, I was looking for something simple (coming right on the heels of the Winter Feast the night before). So I turned to what has become one of my favorite cookbooks (right behind Hot Providence). It’s called Perfect Recipes for Having People Over by Pam Anderson.
It is organized in a simple, helpful fashion, with tips on what beverages or side dishes to serve with the main dish (with the recipes for them), how far ahead to make it, what to do with the leftovers, and when to serve it. For example, a few weeks ago I made her recipe for a very simple stew, and it was delicious. Not your average stew at all, and it only bakes for an hour and fifteen minutes (at 450 degrees). Earlier this winter, I tried her recipe for Boneless Coq Au Vin, something I had never tried before. It’s more challenging and engaging to be in the kitchen when I’m trying out something new, especially when I have been leaning a little too heavily on the old tried-and-true.
So this week I flipped through the pages looking for inspiration, and this is what I found:Â Grown-Up Sloppy Joes. And I made them! Of course I warned the family ahead of time, so that they would come prepared (and they all still came). And, it was actually quite a yummy dinner. Some of the grandkids loved it, and some were not as enthusiastic, but it was a general overall hit. The thing that particularly blessed me was that Sloppy Joes happened to be my childhood specialty, straight out of Betty Crocker’s Cookbook for Boys and Girls.