I have a wide assortment of various cookbooks..........I love them all................
but the ones that I hold dear to my heart are those that have been handed down to me and not in entirely cookbook form. I love cookbooks that are formed out of some kind of empty notebook or other...........whose pages are no longer needed and were used for clippings gathered over the years from magazines, newspapers, and the back of boxes or labels.
I have such a cookbook, that my dear Aunt Winifred sent to me, when she heard that a I was putting together a small cookbook for family and friends one year for Christmas. She had told me she was sending a few recipes, instead I got a package with this wonderful "put together" cookbook inside.
She had used an old weekly planner, as you can see from 1967-1968. I received this in the 90's.
There are some wonderful recipes that she clipped and saved inside and I will share those with you later. The one I want to share today...........is because of a light snow that came in the wee hours of the morning, making the woods look like they had been sprinkled with powdered sugar.
It has been very cold today and old fashioned hot chocolate to sip by the fire sounds so good right now........dont' you think?
It is very old fashioned............no mixes, no Nestle's quick.............just simple good ingredients.
Old Fashioned Hot Chocolate
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
1 cup water
3 tbs. sugar
3 cups milk
whipped cream (optional)
In saucepan, over very low heat, melt chocolate in 1 cup water, stirring constantly until blended. Stir in sugar and salt. Bring to boiling, stirring. Reduce heat and simmer 3 minutes.
Gradually add milk, heat thoroughly. Just before serving, beat with rotary beater. Serve at once, topped with whipped cream.