Kitchen Adventures: A new cookbook leads to exploration

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Food column by Becca Owsley

By Becca Owsley

I have a lot of cookbooks, probably too many. But I like to go through them and ogle at all the yummy recipes, picking a few for experiments. That’s sometimes the best way to start a Kitchen Adventure.


Do you want to take a taste of Italy, try something healthy or find a new sweet treat? The options are many, especially if you have a lot of cookbooks to choose from.

Wherever your cookbook takes you it’s always fun to try something new.

Some of my cookbooks are written by big name chiefs and others are local cookbooks produced by organizations throughout the county. There’s an entire shelf in my kitchen for all my cookbooks.

Recently, I received a new cookbook and decided to thumb through it to find something tasty to try. It is called “Homemaker Favorites: Hardin County Homemakers” and was given to me by Sharon Bush.

It contains more than 800 recipes from homemakers throughout the county. Proceeds of the cookbook go to the organization’s scholarship fund.

She brought it to me because my grandmother was a lifetime member of homemakers and remained active as long as she could. Granny was always proud of her membership and activity with homemakers.

While I was thumbing through this particular cookbook I found myself drooling over the desserts and several options for Chocolate Chess Pie, one of which was Bush’s recipe. I’d never made a chess pie so I decided to give it a try.

The No. 1 thing I liked about this recipe is that it is very easy. You basically mix all the ingredients together, put it in a pie shell and bake it.

For desserts, I usually make more cakes and cookies than pies but this recipe is an example of the  adage, “easy as pie.”

The pie has a sweet chocolate taste but a dollop of fresh whipped cream calms the sweetness and adds an extra special touch to the pie. 

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

Chocolate Chess Pie
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 stick melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 small can evaporated milk
2 eggs
1 unbaked pie crust

Mix all the ingredients together and pour into an unbaked pie shell. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes until the center sets.
It’s best served with a dollop of whipped cream.

Recipe from Sharon Bush found in the cookbook “Homemaker Favorites: Hardin County Homemakers.”