Monday, August 24, 2009

Joan Hassol's "Well Preserved"

Every summer I pick up my copy of "Well Preserved" and take a journey to Cape Cod. I have never been there personally but I have been there through the words and images in Joan's book. I imagine myself as her assistant, standing there stirring a huge pot of marmalade - waiting for my next instructions. You see, Joan's book which was published in 1998 is full of training and information that challenges us to "put up some jam" and learn new things! As I read this book I am inspired to cook, bake and dream of one day having the time to take up canning again. Her recipes and creative combinations of fruits go way beyond the ordinary. I was sorry to recently read on another blog that Joan had passed away in 2001.

Now you must try these muffins: they are her "Morning Glory Muffins!

You will need: 1 cup canola oil, 3 eggs, beaten, 2 cups grated carrots, 1 grated apple, 1/2 cup raisins, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, 1/2 cup shredded coconut, 1 8oz can crushed pineapple - including the juice, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour, 1 1/4 cups sugar, 1 Tb ground cinnamon, 2 tsp baking soda
In a large bowl, mix the oil, eggs, carrots, apple, raisins, nuts, coconut, pineapple and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix the remaining ingredients. Combine and spoon into greased muffin tins. Bake at 400 degrees in a preheated oven for 20 minutes! Makes 18 "Texas sized" muffins or 36 regular-sized ones (high alt: less 2 Tb sugar, less 1/2 tsp baking soda)


Bunny said...

These sure look good. Must try them one of these days.

Teresa's New Life said...

Oh these muffins do sound good. I'll bet they are especially good with a brisk cuppa. I love the beehive tea set as well.
I have to tell you that your back yard has really turned out beautifully and those chair covers are a wonderful idea. Thanks for the inspirations!

Carolyn said...

I always love to try a new muffin recipe!

Thank you for sharing,

Marilyn Miller said...

Love marmalade on muffins. Thanks for the head's up on Well Preserved.

Sarah said...

Sounds delicious! What a wonderful title for the cookbook. Thanks for sharing. It's a lovely post.

Hope to see you at my place for a Blue Rooster Monday. ~ Hyacinth

Lady Katherine said...

Oh, this was a sweet post, in many ways, but for me: Morning Glory Muffins! For my sister name is Gloria and I always say Morning Glory! I need to find her something with morning Glories On it. Perhaps a tea cup, or tea pot! Then see if she can come and have Morning Glory Muffins! I love it! You have the loveliest idea! Always!

parTea lady said...

Looks like a lovely book and the muffins sound delicious.

Unknown said...

Oh those muffins look yummy! I'll have to give them a try.

Thanks for sharing!


Kathy said...

The Morning Glories sound yummy! Don't you just love cook books? Have a beautiful week, Bernideen...Kathy

Anonymous said...

Hello there, you have such a wonderful site - I always enjoy my visit here. I especially like your comment about picking up the book "Well Preserved" and taking a trip to Cape Cod...I'm right there with you! And you are 'keeping Joan's memory alive' by sharing her recipes and stories.

I'm living in Georgia now but grew up in Miami, Florida: my folks moved to Miami (in 1946) from Worcester, Mass (very Irish - both of their parents were from Ireland) kids from Florida, we would spend some summers with our Massachusetts cousins, visiting Cape Cod, Boston, and Provincetown.

Your wonderful site just sparked many fond memories - of jumping in the icy-cold water and trying out all those seafood dishes. Thank you so much for making my day!

Because of tight budgets, we stayed in town this summer, but thanks to you, I took a 'memory' vacation was great!

Thank you,
Joanie Anderson
Newnan, Georgia

Lady Linda said...

Thanks for posting this! It looks pretty good for what I was hoping to find!
Linda Lou