Three area women are sharing their love of cooking with cooks from across the nation. Debra Amunrud of Glencoe, Nancy Burlinson of Horseshoe Bend and Matilda McLane of Cave City each have a recipe published in the newest cookbook from American Profile - Hometown Recipes for the Holidays.
The cookbook features 250 reader submitted recipes that include tips from the American Profile test kitchens. This book also features holiday icons with each recipe that denotes which holidays the recipe is most appropriate.
"Hometown Recipes for the Holidays celebrates food American style," said Jill Milton, editor of Relish and former editorial director of Cooking Light. "These dishes are personal favorites of people from across the country, presented in the context of what it means to their families. There is something here for everyone."
Debra Amunrud submitted her Grandma's Christmas Casserole. "Our children and grandchildren come to our home Christmas Eve and we open one gift each -- our Christmas pajamas," Amunrud says in the book. "The next morning, after we see what Santa left in our stockings, we enjoy breakfast. I created this one-dish casserole so I wouldn't have to spend all my time in the kitchen."
Amunrud's recipe uses a little bit of everything to create this Christmas morning feast including potatoes, ham, peppers, onions, olives, mushrooms, bacon, eggs, biscuit mix and cheese. American Profile's kitchen tip says that although the list of ingredients is lengthy, many of the items can be purchased already chopped and ready to blend together.
Nancy Burlinson's recipe for British Scones was created through trial and error and earned her a written seal of approval from her husband when she finally found the right combination of ingredients.
"My husband, who is British, kept asking for scones like his mom's," Burlinson says in the book. "American recipes just weren't the same. I just kept experimenting until one day I found the right combination. My husband was so excited he wrote, 'Mom learned to make scones' on the inside wall of the garage and dated it."
Matilda McLane's recipe for Mexican Casserole with Corn Bread Topping has all the ingredients needed for the ultimate comfort food. The recipe combines ground beef and Italian sausage to create a sort of tamale pie with a kick.
"The rich multicultural heritage of American home cooking is on full display in this cookbook, like Slovokian Kolac from Robert Shanks of Prescott, Ariz., and Italian-Style Baked Beans from Gal Van Osdell of St. Charles, Ill.," Milton said. "Your family's stomachs will rumble for American originals like Sour Cream Buns from Heather Stine of Catawissa, Penn., Hoppin' John from Betty Fulks of Onia, Alaska, and Carolina Chicken and Collard Greens Stew from Candice McMenamin of Lexington, S.C. The book also contains American Profile's grand-prize contest winner, Cranberry Cake with Hot Butter Sauce created by Phyllis Willink of Baldwin, Wisc."
Hometown Recipes for the Holidays features breakfasts, appetizers, beverages, breads, soups, sides, entrees and desserts. The cookbook, published by William Morrow Cookbooks, is available locally at Areawide Media's offices in Salem, Highland and Thayer. Cookbooks are $15 each with proceeds going to Fulton County's Relay for Life.
American Profile is included each week in Areawide Media's subscription newspapers, the Villager Journal, The News and The South Missourian News. American Profile contains articles about people, places and cultures and features special recipes submitted by readers.