It is truly a dream of mine to one day have my own cookbook. I love getting lost in a cookbook although not much time goes by before I carry it to the kitchen and start cooking. I have LOTS of cookbooks. I will say some of the VERY best recipes come from those spiral bound church cookbooks, but I also like a cookbook not just for the food, but for the beautiful hardcovers and photography. They look great lined up on shelves or displayed on my coffee table. I think you definitely eat with your eyes first, which is why I continue to practice with my photography, food styling and techniques. I really hope in time that my photography, my writing and my food improves and that I can eventually have my own cookbook, but until then I will continue to covet and admire all the beautiful ones that are already out there.
I will say that while I don’t have my own, I had the awesome experience of being part of the making of a cookbook when I was a member of the Junior League of Murfreesboro. I think that we can all agree that Junior League’s have the market cornered on fabulous, beautiful, delectable cookbooks and this one is no exception!! Creating a cookbook to sell for a fundraiser is an animal all it’s own! We spent many, many days, nights and weekends peddling our cookbook once it was in circulation. Board meetings were spent discussing how many cases we had in the warehouse, how many cases we had sold, how many cases we still needed to sell to break-even, at what point do we reprint a second edition, what should the League requirements be for members purchasing cookbooks, how do we get our cookbook into other Leagues to sell. There is so MUCH that goes into the creating and selling of the cookbook, not to mention the countless hours that the committee spent testing and tasting the recipes, finding the perfect Murfreesboro homes to shoot the photos in, and securing the artwork for the cover. I have SO much respect for everyone that was involved with the creation of the cookbook “Open House”. I can’t tell you how many Peanut Butter Blossoms we made and tasted and served trying to sell our cookbook and they were delicious every time! For all of that and the fact that the recipes are amazing, The Junior League of Murfreesboro “Open House” cookbook will always be one of my favorite books. I think I have given every member of my family a copy and I’m excited to share 5 copies with you all!
For your chance to win 1 of 5 “Open House” cookbooks from The Junior League of Murfreesboro, leave a comment below with your favorite Junior League cookbook or your favorite recipe from a Junior League cookbook. Winners will be chosen at random on Wednesday, November 27th after 4 p.m.
Recipe adapted from Junior League of Murfreesboro's Open House Cookbook
- 2 1/4 cups Skippy Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
- 1 pound (1 package) confectioners' sugar
- 3 cups crisp rice cereal, crushed
- 1-12 oz package Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Chips
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the peanut butter and butter. Add confectioner's sugar and crushed crispy rice cereal. Stir to combine thoroughly.
- Form mixture into 1" balls. (I used a tablespoon scoop for truffle size balls, but a teaspoon scoop will yield 1" balls).
- In a saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate chips stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Dip each ball into the chocolate mixture and place on waxed paper or other non-stick paper. If the chocolate thickens, place back over heat and stir to re-melt.
- Let peanut butter blossoms cool at least one hour or place in freezer for 5-6 minutes to harden chocolate.
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