If you need any last-minute dessert ideas for Thanksgiving Day, maybe Winnie-the-Pooh could help out.
Just look for the cookbook titled: “Cooking With Pooh.”
Believe me, there aren’t any stinkers in this cookbook.
I collect vintage cooking booklets. Not cookbooks. Booklets. They’re different: like the difference between a pig and a piglet. Cooking booklets are small, paperback, and run about 20 to 30 page long. They’re easy to find at thrift stores and rummage sales and usually have neat old graphics, photos and advertising.
I usually don’t pay much attention to the recipes.
Back in the mid-20th Century, large food companies like Pillsbury, Heinz or Kraft would publish these things for homemakers. The idea being homemakers would then use their products to cook dinner.
I have cooking booklets from pressure cooker and refrigerator manufactures, gas utilities, the Vermont woman’s club and “Bananas..how to serve them” published by the Fruit Dispatch Company in 1942.
I don’t have any cookbooks authored by cartoon characters.
Until last week.
I stopped at the St. Michael’s Church rummage sale in Duluth. The sale was technically over, a sign said it ended at 4 pm, but a handful of shoppers were still sorting through piles of junk at 4:05. I joined them.
A nice lady in the church basement told me to take my time. “You can fill a bag for $5,” she said. I helped her move a heavy box off a table and sidestepped her young grandaughter, who was riding a bicycle between clothing racks.
I spent about 10 minutes and $3.
I found a maroon corduroy ball cap with the Duluth Missabe railroad logo. About a dozen copies of “The Flicker” a quarterly published by the Minnesota Ornithologists Union in the 50s and 60s; and a some old cooking booklets, including one from the Duluth Women’s Club published sometime in the 1930s.
I also found a real cookbook: “Cooking with Pooh.”
“Cooking with Pooh” was published by Disney Enterprises Inc. in 1996 and offers all kinds of “Yummy Tummy Cookie Treats.” It’s 26 pages long and features favorite recipes from all the Winnie-the-Pooh characters including Piglet, Roo, Tigger and Christopher Robin.
For some reason, they decided to name the book after Pooh.
Maybe just skip Thanksgiving dessert.