Saturday, April 07, 2007

Cookbook Spotlight #3 Round-Up Part One: Ships of the Great Lakes Cookbook

First, let me thank all the wonderful food bloggers who joined Sara of I Like to Cook and founder of the Cookbook Spotlight for helping out with Cookbook Spotlight #3: Ships of the Great Lakes Cookbook. Also, thanks to Paula McKenna, author and publisher of Ships of the Great Lakes Cookbook, who kindly sent out copies to our spotlighters.

Now on with Part One of the Round-Up!

My co-hostess and good friend, Sara of I Like To Cook made some wonderfully warm and filling Chili from the Tall Ship Madeline and a most lovely bundt Grecian Orange Cake from the museum ship S.S. Valley Camp.

Her cake is absolutely sinful looking and made me go order this so I could make it very, very soon.

Staying in Canada and within my Daring Baker family, let's go check out the most incredible stack of pancakes I've EVER laid eyes on Jumbo Empanadas!

Now if Bri's buttermilk pancakes with bananas from the S.S. Courtney Burton doesn't make you hungry then the pictures of the Homemade Bread from the M.V. Canadian Miner or maybe Arlene Earl's, The Flower Lady's Sailor's Favorite Cookies will! Check out Arlene's story on Bri's post while you visit. Guaranteed to make you tear up...

Next my fellow Great Laker and Daring Baker (he-he...that rhymes), Lis from La Mia Cucina, who lives on the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland, OH, finally ripped the cookbook from the clutching hands of her hubby to put together two scrumptious dishes from the tall ships of the Great Lakes; the very popular Cinnamon Rolls from the Schooner Manitou and a piled high Marinated Focaccia Bread Sandwiches from the Tall Ship Wisconsin's Flagship Denis Sullivan.

Staying in the Great Lakes basin, we'll head over to the west shore of Lake Michigan and one of my favourite fellow food bloggers, Mimi from French Kitchen in America. Mimi probably has more frieghter food "street creed" than anyone else in this group of Cookbook Spotlighters because her father cooked on the Lakers during the 40's and 50's! Mimi made perfect looking (and I am sure tasting) Rosemary-Garlic Roasted Chicken.

This perfect for a Sunday dinner dish is from one of my favourite boats on the lakes, the M.V. Paul R. Tregurtha, and her super talented steward, John R. Dunning of the best chocolate chip cookie/coldest milk on the lakes fame.

Back to Ohio we go but inland a bit from Cleveland to visit Becke of Columbus Foodie. Becke picked two midwestern classics that you will find in every galley on the lakes: Lazyman's Cabbage Rolls from the museum ship S.S. Valley Camp and Dump Cake from the S.S. Courtney Burton.

After reading this post, I had such a craving for Dump Cake that I started planning a full month of different versions of this easy and satisfyingly delicious dessert.

Finally, we head over to another cluster of inland lakes, the Finger Lakes region of New York to visit Laura Rebecca of Laura Rebecca's Kitchen. She constructed an entire meal from the cookbook! Feast your eyes on her Braised Pork Chops and Cabbage from the M.T. Atlantic Hickory, the Oven Roasted Red Baby Bliss Potatoes from the Schooner Manitou, and Old Fashioned Apple Cake; a house specialty of the "Flower Lady", Arlene Earl.

For Part Two of the Cookbook Spotlight #3 Round-Up, head on over to Sara's Weekend Cookbook Challenge site here.

One last thanks, to all my friends over at and especially Dick Lund who once again has graciously let me link to his site of Laker pictures for this round-up.