As you well know, I collect cookbooks with a crazy passion often reserved for chocolate cheesecake. I take a great deal of pride in my hundreds of cookbooks. While a lot of time and money has gone into collecting them, the main thing I love about them is the fact that so many are family heirlooms. Some are probably worth money right now (not that I’d ever part with a cookbook my grandmother wrote “yummy!” in) – and others are simple little cookbooks that were used to raise money for churches or schools. It would appear that my mom bought any and every cookbook anyone tried to sell her!
One of the cookbooks I use most often, actually, came from my mom’s collection. It’s the Newman’s Own Cookbook. It’s not as old as a lot of the cookbooks in my collection, obviously – so it’s not an oldie, but it is a goldie.
A favorite recipe from this cookbook is Fresh Fruits with Sour Cream Sauce. This Heavenly creamy sauce will have your family fighting over fruit instead of potato chips and chocolate chip cookies for a change. You’re going to love it.
Fresh Fruits with Sour Cream Sauce
3-1/2 cups sliced fresh fruit
1/1/2 cups sour cream
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh mint plus mint sprigs for garnish (optional… I personally never bother with it)
Keep the fruit chilled until ready to use.
In a bowl, combine the sour cream, brown sugar, lemon juice and mint, and stir together until the sugar is dissolved. Pour the sauce into a serving bowl, cover, and chill until serving time.
Serve the fruit garnished with the mint sprigs and pass the sour cream sauce as a topping. Serve with crisp cookies.
The book recommends banana, mango, papaya, kiwi. I prefer berries, melons, apples, and grapes, however, so I throw together varying combinations of apples, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, and grapes. Naturally, you can just use whatever fruit your family prefers.
I’ve never used mint in this recipe, even though we always have mint in our herb garden. Go figure. I’m sure it’d look gorgeous, though! My main thing with mint is that, typically, if it’s present, it’s often the only thing my taste buds concentrate on. I take one bite and my brain says, “Mint!” I love the flavor, almost as much as the smell, I just don’t want it to steal the show all the time.
This fruit salad is fantastic served with almonds crushed on top – or even with nuts served nearby. I’m nuts for nuts, though, so I serve them with as many things as possible. They’re SO healthy!
A few other recipes from Newman’s Own Cookbook:
- Potato Salad with Two Mustards Dressing
- Roasted Herbed New Potatoes with Spinach
- Whoopi Goldberg’s Big Bad Ass Beef Ribs
- Julia Robert’s Fresh Peach Crisp
- Gene Shalit’s Spaghetti Carbonora
- Incredible Cobb Salad
- Herbed Samon Fillets in Foil
- Mediterranean Fish Fillets
- Joanne Woodward’s Cioppino
- Blaze’s Shrimp and Sausage Creole
- Twice-Baked Potato over Spinach, Broccoli, and Peppers
- Tom Cruise’s Linguine with Zesty Red Clam Sauce
Throughout the book are quotes from Paul Newman and pictures from his personal life and career. Great, great cookbook.