All time favorites: Recipies from family and friends

Judith’s cookbook, All-Time Favorites, began as a way to preserve for her children a small collection of recipes from her grandmothers. Thanks to the generosity of many friends and members of her family who contributed recipes, photographs and personal stories, the collection took on a life of its own, evolving into this treasury—culled from Judith’s favorites as well as those of her children.

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Open Face Peach Pie

3/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
sour cream
6-8 large fresh peach halves (preferably peaches with pink centers)
1 unbaked piecrust

Mix sugar, flour, and cinnamon and add just enough sour cream to make a thin paste. Place peach halves cut side up in unbaked pie shell. Fill in the cracks with small peach pieces. Cover with sour cream mixture. Bake 450° for 10 minutes; then 350° about 30 minutes or until cream mixture becomes slightly brown.

*This recipe dates back to my husband’s grandmother.

Summer Blueberry Cake

1/2 cup butter
1 cup plus 1 Tbsp. flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cups fresh blueberries
2 eggs, separated

Cream butter and 3/4 cup sugar. Add salt and vanilla. Add egg yolks, beat until creamy. Sift 1 cup flour and baking powder; add alternately with milk to egg yolk mixture. Beat egg whites until stiff, adding remaining 1/4 cup sugar.

Coat berries with 1 Tbsp. flour, add to batter. Fold in egg whites. Pour into a greased 8″ square pan. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes.

Judy’s Easy Gazpacho

1 English cucumber
1/2 mild red onion
1 avocado
1 tsp. dried oregano
3 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. wine vinegar
4 cups tomato juice
Tabasco sauce to taste
fresh oregano or cilantro
Dice cucumber and onion. Put in large bowl with everything else except avocado. Stir, add Tabasco sauce to your liking (approx. 10 drops). Chill.

When ready to serve, top with diced avocado and garnish with fresh oregano or cilantro.

Raves for All Time Favorites

“A German tour book states: The proverbial German gemütlichkeit is difficult to explain. But you won’t go far wrong if you think of good food, good company, a drink or two and plenty of time to enjoy it all!

Judith Whitmore’s cookbook is the epitome of gemütlichkeit. a warmhearted fusion of recipes, family photos, and tradition. The recipes are simple and clearly written, the variety is amazing, and there seems to be love in every dish, as if prepared by a grandma. It even has a recipe for Orange Julius, a juice drink I guzzled all through my youth on the West Side of Manhattan. I thought Orange Julius had disappeared into history, like the Pennsylvania Station, but it has returned in this wonderful book. To put it simply, this book is really cookin’!”

Walter Marks

“Great cookbook! I bought it because my friend recommended it. I love that so many of the recipes don’t require a lot of prep time. I’m sending one to my daughter who is always on the go. Not only is it a cookbook, it’s a family album too!”

Mrs. G

“This cookbook has lots of great (and easy) old fashioned recipes. I loved the photos and the little stories about the contributors. And the fact that all the proceeds from this book go to a children’s charity make it a real winner!”