Do you ever feel like you belong in a different era? Sometimes I do. I have several cookbooks from other eras and the dinner menus seem extravagant, like a fabulous dinner party with several courses, sparkling drinks and always dessert. This Sweet Potato, Apple, Cranberry Sauté is inspired by a recipe from the latest edition of the classic Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook.
After my trip to the Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchens and headquarters earlier this fall, I was given a copy of their New Red Cookbook. While it still has all of the classic recipes that have been made in home kitchens since the 20’s it also has some more modern favorites like dishes with quinoa. When I turn the pages of a cookbook like this one I somehow feel connected to the past and to the millions of other women and men who have turned the pages of this book searching for just the right recipe to serve their family and friends.
If I would have lived through the 1940s or 50s I would have loved to have been one of the women who helped create cookbooks like these or who hosted parties with extravagant menus. The Better Homes and Gardens test kitchens showed photographs of the women, who daringly worked outside of the home in their era, to test and create recipes for BHG. Wearing matching smocks and fully owning their perfectly curled up-dos; they seemed so proud to be in the kitchen. And the women who cooked their recipes at home were equally confident as they hosted their special gatherings or family dinners.
Though, that era does seem dreamy, I will say that true hospitality, lies outside of the realm of perfect casseroles and dinner parties. I’m doing a short study on Biblical Hospitality and it has been rocking my world. I’ll be sharing with you some of my thoughts throughout the holiday season and invite you to join me in the study!
Thoughts on Hospitality
“It’s a shame when we box up hospitality in entertaining. We lose sight of the true spiritual significance behind it, and in doing so we rob ourselves and others of the blessings God intends to come through it.
When I look at Jesus, our culture’s false definition of hospitality as dinner invitations and etiquette, clean homes and casseroles, pales in light of the bold example of the most radically welcoming person who’s ever lived.”
-from She Reads Truth, a Biblical Look at Hospitality
Sweet Potato, Apple, and Cranberry Saute with Hazelnuts
- 1 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices (about 3 cups)
- 1 green apple, sliced
- 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts, toasted
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toast hazelnuts until fragrance (5-8 minutes) then roughly chop.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet bring apple cider to a boil then turn down to a simmer.
- Add sweet potato slices to the cider, spreading evenly. Cook, covered, over low heat about 12 minutes or until potatoes are nearly tender. Stir in apple, cranberries, and salt. Cook, covered, over low heat for 3 to 4 minutes more or just until apple is tender.
- Uncover and add maple syrup; boil gently for 3 to 4 minutes more or until liquid is syrupy. Spoon into a serving bowl. Sprinkle with nuts.
Love She Reads Truth! And your beautiful hospital, Ms. Becky.
She Reads Truth is great. I haven’t been on that site forever, I love this topic and am excited to check out biblical references and reflect and ponder on them.
This dish looks so pretty and comforting. All the flavors I love.
Becky, lets do this together!! I would love to chat with you more about it and it would be an excuse for us to go grab lunch together! I can meet you in Orem maybe? Did you get my email a while back? Hope you are doing well friend!
This looks amazing!! THanks for sharing:)
Thanks Nikki, hope you get a chance to try it!
Can you tell me if any of the The Better Homes and Gardens Cookbooks have walnuts on the inside cover or first page? I am trying to track down my Grandmother’s cookbook. Thank you for your help.
Mine is the “New CookBook” that’s red and white checkered all over. I didn’t see any walnuts on the inside cover or front page but I know there are many editions and they may change the artwork. Mine is the 15th edition. Hope that helps.
Made this for dinner and it was delicious. Thank you for sharing!
Jami, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! When I first made it we made a meal out of it too!
Hi seen your collection of books and i was wondering what edition of better homes and gardens new cook book was that is on the right side of the book that has 1972 on it. i want to replace my moms well loved one that is missing pages from it.
Any though on making it sugar free as well? Substituting straight up cold pressed juice for cider?
You could definitely use orange juice or apple instead of the cider!