“WOMEN WHO CAN DISH IT OUT/THE LIGHTER SIDE OF THE OZARKS” compiled by the Junior League of Springfield, Missouri, was originally published in 1997 by the Wimmer Company. However, it is a new acquisition of Favorite Recipes Press and will be featured in the new Marketplace Catalog, soon to be available for those who love cookbook catalogs and delight in being able to find so many different choice cookbooks to add to their collections. Meantime, you can find it listed on the FRP website, http://www.cookbookmarkeplace.com.

The Favorite Recipes Press Marketplace is a great source for finding many of your favorite community cookbooks (southern and otherwise). They have nearly 300 titles from which to choose and color illustrations of the covers. You can get a catalog by writing to the Cookbook Marketplace at 2451 Atrium Way, Nashville, TN 37214 OR call them toll free at 1-800-269-6839.
“WOMEN WHO CAN DISH IT OUT” quickly went through 15,000 copies of it first printing in 1997, and 20,000 copies of the second printing in 1998.

The Junior League of Springfield notes that they are dishing it out again with the perfect complement to their successful cookbook “SASSAFRAS! THE OZARKS COOKBOOK”. (* “SASSAFRAS!” was originally published in 1985 and went through seven printings by 1997. My copy was a 10th Anniversary special edition).

In their introduction, the league members note that “THE OZARKS COOKBOOK, WOMEN WHO CAN DISH IT OUT” says it all, as the women of the Junior League are doing just that, dishing up deliciously light recipes while dishing out age-old myths about Ozark foods and lifestyles. “For instance,” they comment, “no matter what you might have heard, a seven course meal in the Ozarks does not consist of a pork fritter and a six pack. Let our comical retort about exaggerated stereotypes of unrefined etiquette and dietary habits enlighten and entertain you while our great tasting recipes tempt you. The fact is healthy recipes can taste sinful. And Ozarkians do not believe that pie a la mode is best served with ice cream. This is truly a unique book…”

The Junior Leaguers novel approach to Ozarks’ humor and whimsical illustrations makes for easy reading. Eight great sections feature more than 300 triple-tested recipes and helpful nutritional information is provided for each.

Chapters include Breads & Brunch, Appetizers & Beverages, Soups and Salads, Entrees, Pastas, Vegetables & Rice, Desserts, and Just Kiddin’, a special section of recipes especially for children which includes a section of crafts that your children (or as in my case, grandchildren) will be sure to love.

I was delighted to find, in the very first chapter, a recipe for making Cool-Rise French Bread (I have been making a cool rise cinnamon roll recipe for many years), but there are many other fantastic bread recipes – ranging from Ozark Wheat Bread to a Buttermilk Cheese Bread that is for use with a bread maker. Here you will also find a recipe for Blueberry-Lemon Bread, Pineapple-Carrot Bread, muffin recipes such as Branberry Muffins, Banana Raisin Bran Muffins, Carrot Patch Muffins, and Double Apple Bran Muffins. But don’t over look Egg Brunch Casserole or Vegetable Quiche. And, true to their promise, all of the recipes provide complete nutritional information—as well as prep time and cooking time guidelines.

Under Appetizers & Beverages you will find the lighter versions for making Dreamy Creamy Fruit Dip, or Dill Dip, Creamy Spinach Dip or Chunky Chili Dip and—bless me! –a lighter version of Seven Layer Dip!

There are recipes for making Spinach Balls and Zesty Tortilla Pinwheels, Vegetable Nachos and Black Bean Quesadillas, Stuffed Mushrooms and Deli-Wrapped Pickles—to name a few. For something different in the way of beverages, you may want to try Red Velvet Punch or for a winter evening during the holidays, how about Hot Cinnamon Punch or Ozark Mountain Mulled Cider?

In the chapter devoted to Soups and Salads, you will find such tantalizing recipes as Black Bean Soup and Cabbage Soup (take note! Only 32 calories per serving and NO fat!) There is a recipe for Chili-Chicken Soup as well as one for Gazpacho; another for Vegetable Beef Soup and Minestrone…but the one I am planning to make next is a New England Clam Chowder—this is one of my favorite chowders and I am tempted by the ability to make a lighter version.

But there are recipes for Southwest Bean Soup, Old Fashioned Potato Soup, French Onion Soup, Chicken Tortilla Soup (one of my favorites) and oh, so many more. You may want to try Boxcar Willie’s Hobo Stew, Chicken-Chili Stew or Chili Supreme (take note—Chili Supreme is only 147 calories and 1 gram of fat per serving. There is also a vegetarian chili recipe that has 143 calories and only 2 grams of fat per serving. (I am a lifetime member of weight watchers so recipes such as these make my heart (and tummy) sing.

Then come the salads—so many from which to choose! There is a creamy coleslaw, black bean salad, pickled coleslaw, a layered summer salad, Dilled Broccoli-Potato Salad, a Mandarin Spinach salad or Wild Rice Salad—plus a wealth of more substantial salads that can double up as light dinners—Aloha Chicken Salad, for instance, or Caribbean Chicken Salad, a Ziti salmon Salad or Shrimp and Rice Salad…any of these would be great for a ladies luncheon or a simple, light dinner when it’s too hot to cook.

Under the Chapter titled “Entrees”, while there are some for beef, a couple for turkey, eight for pork, four for seafood—Chicken reigns supreme in “WOMEN WHO CAN DISH IT OUT” which makes good sense since chicken can be so light in calories and fat content, depending on how you cook it. You can enjoy Fiesta Chicken Fajitas or Chicken with Artichoke Hearts, Chicken Enchiladas, Teriyaki Chicken or Swiss Chicken over Rice, Chicken Stroganoff or Orange Curry Chicken. There is Oven Fried Chicken and Lemon Chicken; Think Cranberry Glazed Chicken or Chicken Divan…the list goes on and on. I like that there is even a recipe for making your own chicken stock. (I have been doing this for years by saving up the less desirable chicken parts such as the backs and necks of chickens in the freezer until I have enough to make stock. You can freeze the stock and have it ready whenever you need it. The recipe in WOMEN WHO CAN DISH IT OUT makes 2 quarts of stock. You’ll never go back to buying canned chicken stock again.

Beef recipes in WOMEN WHO CAN DISH IT OUT include Fiesta Meat Loaf or Beef and Cheese with Egg Noodles Casserole. Try Green Pepper and Tomato Steak or Beef Tenderloin Au Poivre. There is Beef Stroganoff and Roast Beef with Pesto, as well as a recipe for making Madeira Sauce to serve warm with meat. (I love recipes for sauces—it always elevates a meal from “nice” to gourmet).

When pork is on your menu, the Junior Leaguers in Springfield have shared their recipes for Sage Pork Chops, a Pork Chop casserole, Apricot Pork Medallions, BANANA Pork Chops (which sound so good, I will have to make this), as well as Apple Orchard Pork Chops—and you know what a good accompaniment apples are with pork—but you may want to try Pork Tenderloins with Pineapple Stuffing.

If something new and different with fish appeals to you, try Radical Roughy, made with orange Roughy, or Salmon Dijon, Ozark Trout Doria, or perhaps Poached Shrimp and Scallops. These last two recipes were contributions from chefs at restaurants in Springfield.

WOMEN WHO CAN DISH IT OUT offers a section just for pasta and don’t disappoint. For openers, there is a recipe for Angel Hair Pasta with Tomatoes and Black Beans, Chicken Marsala Fettuccine, Fajita Fettuccine, Shrimp Scampi and Easy Oven Lasagna, Vegetable Lasagna and Linguine with White Clam Sauce—there is also a recipe for making Alfredo Sauce. You can try their Stuffed Manicotti or Pine Nut Stuffed Manicotti, or maybe Spinach and Chicken Mostaccioli Casserole. This section goes on and on—and even includes a recipe for making your own basic tomato sauce, which, it should be noted has only 60 calories, zero fat grams per serving. This could easily become one of your favorite go-to recipes when pasta is on the menu.

The chapter titled Vegetable & Rice will impress you, I think, ranging from Italian Baked Asparagus or (a favorite of mine) Red Cabbage with Apples & Wine. There is a simple recipe for glazed carrots or pineapple carrots, Fiesta Corn ‘n Peppers, or Spicy Lime Corn on the Cob. You can make Twice Baked Potatoes or Herbed Potato Wedges. Try your hand at Broiled Fries or Easy Zucchini Bake, Italian-Style Zucchini or Yellow Squash Casserole—Orange Pineapple Couscous or Mexican Rice…and need I remind everyone, ALL of the recipes in WOMEN WHO CAKE DISH IT OUT—and there are three hundred from which to choose—have been lightened up to make them healthy choices.
And oh, the desserts! All of our favorites – from Deep Dish Apple Pie to Key Lime Pie (made with fat-free condensed milk). Other pies include Angel Pie, Chilled Blueberry Pie, Pumpkin Pie and a Yogurt-Fruit Pie.

I smiled over the title “Died and Went to Heaven” Chocolate Cake and I bet you will want to make it; there is also Hawaiian Ice-Box Cake as well as Anita Bryant’s Florida Citrus Cake.

I am greatly impressed with two carrot cakes from which to choose (I stopped making carrot cakes years ago because of the huge amount of oil that went into making one) –Golden Carrot-Pineapple Cake does not contain any oil or butter although there is some low-fat cream cheese in the frosting. The other recipe, Cinnamon Carrot Bundt Cake does contain one third of a cup of oil—but compare that to the 1½ cups of oil in my old carrot cake recipes! I have attached post-it notes to these two recipes; my daughter in law’s birthday is coming up in April and carrot cake is her favorite. I’ll be making one of these recipes.

There are a lot more dessert recipes – from Raisin Spice to Lemon-Poppy Seed Cakes, Chocolate Éclair Cake or Lemon Angel Food Cake with Berries, Pumpkin Flan or Cheesecake a l’Orange. Other cheesecake recipes include Chocolate Mint Cheesecake, Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake, Black Forest Cheesecake and Stars and Stripes Cheesecake. I found a recipe for Cream Puffs (one of my favorites) and Chewy Cocoa Brownies, as well as your choice of Chocolate Chip Cookies or Oatmeal Raisin (which I promise to make—that’s my favorite cookie) but you can also make Ginger Snaps or Walnut Clusters.

For what I consider “dessert” desserts there is a Creamy Fruit Layer Dessert or Orange Trifle, or you may want to surprise the family with Raspberry Whip or Strawberry Whip, Strawberry Trifle, or Peach Angel Dream. There are recipes for Cranberry Ice and Tiramisu as well as a super easy Fresh Peach Freeze.

The final chapter, “Just Kiddin’” provides a wealth of recipes, many of which they could make themselves, and a separate section of crafts for kids, sure to please especially on a rainy day when they complain there’s “nothing to do” (in my mother’s household, no one ever complained of “having nothing to do” for she would certainly give you something to do—dusting furniture or scrubbing the bathroom floors! But today’s kids can enjoy making “Salty Crawling Crystals” or “Ooey Gooey” (something like play do) “Handy Dandy Salt dough” or “fruit scented playdough” as well as “Homemade Playdough”—generally all recipes have ingredients you most likely have on hand. There is a recipe for Apple-Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments that we have made a couple of times with my grandchildren…we made dozens of little bear ornaments that kept their scent for several years. These and other kid friendly recipes can be found in WOMEN WHO CAN DISH IT OUT.

To order WOMEN WHO CAN DISH IT OUT/The Lighter Side of the Ozarks from FAVORITE RECIPES PRESS/THE COOKBOOK MARKETPLACE, the cost is $19.95.

WOMEN WHO CAN DISH IT OUT contains 300 recipes and has concealed wire binding.

From now until January 31, 2012, the Favorite Recipes Press Cookbook Marketplace is offering a 50% discount on the cookbooks of your choice, to Sandychatter readers. You must enter the code SCHAT-HOL at checkout. The books ship from Nashville, UPS ground. (Only a few more days left to take advantage of this offer!)

The Favorite Recipes Press Marketplace is a great source for finding many of your favorite community cookbooks (southern and otherwise). They have nearly 300 titles from which to choose and color illustrations of the covers. You can get a catalog by writing to the Cookbook Marketplace at 2451 Atrium Way, Nashville, TN 37214 OR call them toll free at 1-800-269-6839. This discount offer is good to Sandychatter readers ONLY until January 31, 2012 – so this may still be a perfect opportunity to obtain some of your most coveted cookbook titles.

Happy Cooking – and Happy Cookbook Collecting!




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