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Apple Betty and Sloppy Joe: Stirring Up the Past with Family Recipes and Stories

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Compiled by four sisters and based on their recollections of their childhood in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Apple Betty & Sloppy Joe captures the glow of memories formed while growing up in a midwestern kitchen. From Lemon Meringue Pie to Tomato Soup Cake, from Mom's Chicken Pie to Grandma Noffke's Sliced Cucumber Pickles, this charming book features hundreds of recipes (some ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published November 11th 2007 by Wisconsin Historical Society Press
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Terri Lynn
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this book by 4 sisters who grew up from the 1950's through the 1970's (like me!) and all of their family recipes, discussions of food during their childhoods, and the great memories of growing up in that time period. Reading this was like a trip home and I bought a copy for myself on Amazon.
Gail
Mar 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
The Sanvidge sisters grew up in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in the 1950s and 1960s. Apple Betty and Sloppy Joe is a tribute to the food of their childhood. It is filled with recipes and memories of their parents, grandparents, and neighbors, all told with good humor. I'm about 15 years younger than the youngest Sanvidge sister, so my experiences differed somewhat from theirs, but there was still a lot of overlap. I, too, grew up on Bisquick, Miracle Whip, and canned fruit cocktail. It brought back a lot ...more
Relyn
May 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Relyn by: I loved the title.
I checked this book about because of the witty title. As I began to read it, I wondered once again how some books get published.

Though I am not a cook, I love to read certain kinds of cookbooks - you know the ones? They read more like memoirs with recipes. Or rather, recipes with mini-memoirish essays. For example, I love Sophie Dahl's cookbooks. But this one? It was disjointed and careless. It read more like a self-published book who's only audience should have been family members. I am glad,
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MrsRenee
May 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
An interesting premise for a book, and I thought there would be more recipes.It's a bit chatty - too much in some spots (do I really need directions in how to pour a bowl of cereal ?) and not enough in others ( could've give more detail for nostalgic glimpses). I did read it however, as I remember much of what they describe, and the recipes they do have are close to what we grew up on. There's just not many of them. I kept reading hoping I'd find a little nugget of treasure. I'm glad I didn't bu ...more
Judy
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
I love a good recipe book and this one from the WI Historical Society Press provided some good, down-home WI recipes. I also realized that the authors' (4 sisters) grandparents had a cottage near Three Lakes, WI - a place near & dear to my up-north heart. I copied a few recipes from this book and sent it back to the library.
Scott
Oct 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Holy crap...! There are recipes I've forgotten about from when I was a kid! Geesh!
Kim Stephan
May 25, 2015 rated it liked it
A fun kitschy read. I don't think I'll actually make any of these recipes, but I certainly enjoyed the nostalgia and strong sense of family!
Rebecca
Jul 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: culinary
Kitschy, nostalgic and delicious. Kind of like Wisconsin.
Pat
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
great book of 50's and 60's growing up, I have to read the second one even though it isn't about food, I can't wait!
Lucille
Jul 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Cute book---had a lot of recipes that were made when we were growing up as children. It was set in Wisc. but it could have been in Idaho.
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