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Rescued Recipes, a Community Cookbook from Kentucky

Updated on January 3, 2016
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Thelma Raker Coffone is a former field editor for Taste of Home magazine and editor of Homemaker Headlines recipe newsletter.

"Rescued Recipes" Cookbook from Paintsville, KY

Photo of "Rescued Recipes" cookbook.  Photo taken by author, Thelma Raker Coffone
Photo of "Rescued Recipes" cookbook. Photo taken by author, Thelma Raker Coffone

Cookbook Rating

5 stars from 3 ratings of "Rescued Recipes" Community Cookbook

"Rescued Recipes, Cooking up a Shelter"

Rescued Recipes is a collection of recipes presented to you by Whiskers or Wags, Inc., a non-profit group that is raising funds to build an animal shelter in Johnson County, Kentucky. Their dream is to assure that stray, abused and unwanted animals are taken care of. In addition, they hope to provide pet adoption services, education on responsible pet care and spay and neutering services.

Old-Fashioned Recipes from a Rural Community

The rural community of Paintsville, Kentucky and the surrounding Johnson county area boasts many fine cooks that enjoy preparing old-fashioned (rescued) recipes. This 172 page spiral bound cookbook reflects this collection of old time favorites which don't require any special cooking equipment...only one recipe requires a food processor! The recipes are made from easy to find ingredients that most cooks already have in their pantry.

In addition to the tasty recipes, here are some of the highlights of the book:

  • Hints for successfully making bread, cookies, pies and cakes. As well as, 3 rules for using leavening agents which I found very interesting
  • Cooking time table for several popular fruits and vegetables along with buying tips
  • Glossary of cooking terms
  • Quick fixes for some common cooking problems, like lumpy gravy and undercooked cakes and cookies
  • Detailed napkin folding instructions with pictures
  • List of 25 spices and which foods they compliment
  • An amazing chapter dedicated to recipes to prepare homemade treats for dogs, cats, birds and even bunny rabbits. This is truly a cookbook from rural America!

Recipe Shares from "Rescued Recipes" Cookbook

Sha Reynolds, the group's cookbook chairperson, suggested two recipes from the book to share with you:

Old-Style Pound Cake

This is a dense pound cake that slices well. In the summer, it is delicious served with fruit or cut into cubes and dipped in chocolate fondue for a winter treat.

  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease bottom of loaf pan and lightly flour. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Cream butter and gradually add sugar, beating all the time. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add flour mixture; add lemon juice. Put batter in greased pan and bake about 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Fix Ahead Potato Casserole

Mrs. Reynolds relates that she never has left-overs when she serves this dish to her family.

  • 8-10 medium baking potatoes, peeled (approximately 4 pounds)
  • 1 8oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 8oz. carton sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen chopped chives
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • Paprika

Cook potatoes in boiling water to cover 30 minutes or until tender; drain and mash. Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add potatoes, sour cream, milk, chives, garlic and salt, stirring well. Spoon into a lightly greased 11x7x1 1/2 inch baking dish; drizzle with butter. Cover and refrigerate overnight, if desired. Remove from refrigerator and let casserole stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with paprika. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Editor's Choice Recipe

When reviewing cookbooks, I always ask the cookbook committee to suggest a couple of recipes to share with my readers. In addition, I enjoy going through the book and selecting one that stands out to me that I personally want to try.

I came across a recipe for a salad that I had never served before. I made just one change to the recipe. I had some leftover ham in the refrigerator that I wanted to use. So, I substituted chunks of ham for the bacon called for in the recipe. It was delicious and my family liked it. Here is the recipe as shown in the cookbook:

Corn Bread Salad

  • 5 cups diced cornbread
  • 1 pound bacon, fried crisp and crumbled
  • 2 cups tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cups bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Combine cornbread and 2/3 bacon. In large bowl, combine cornbread, tomatoes, pepper, onions, mayonnaise and cheese. Sprinkle remaining bacon on top.

Ordering Information for "Rescued Recipes" Cookbook

If you would like to add this cookbook to your collection while also helping this noteworthy fundraising effort, please email for ordering information. The price is $16.35 which includes the cost of the cookbook and shipping costs.

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 2 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Thanks Susan. You have some wonderful recipes also. I look forward to following you and being "recipe friends".

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What a great name for this particular cookbook, to match its great cause! The sample recipes sound wonderful, very "real people" style cooking, which is my favorite thing about community cookbooks. I used to have several, before our house fire consumed them a few years ago. Now I mostly collect e-cookbooks. Looking forward to checking out more of your community cookbooks and recipes!