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    Bone Man
    Wed Jun 26, 2013 2:51 pm Groupie
    I'm trying to find a copy of "A Treasury of Favorite Italian Recipes" which is a church cookbook (spiral/GBC binding, 1974.

    The only one I found on the net was sold already.

    I thought I might try here. Any takers out there? icon_lol.gif
    pinky kookie
    Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:23 pm Groupie

    Hi Chef,
    Not sure if this is the same website you mention above, but I found this book for sale and seems to be the one you want to buy:

    Holy Rosary Church Bridgeport, CT -

    A Treasury Of Favorite Italian Recipes Holy Rosary Church Bridgeport, CT
    A great church lady cookbook "A Treasury Of Favorite Italian Recipes" by the St. Theresa Guild of Holy Rosary Church Bridgeport, Connecticut. It is a soft cover, spiral bound book filled with great recipes. It measures 6 1/2" x 9" 216 pages. There is some wear and tear but over all it is good. Have any questions? Contact the shop owner = (a link to register)
    Bone Man
    Wed Jun 26, 2013 6:36 pm Groupie
    Yep. I spotted that one but, unfortunately, it sold in march of this year. *Cheap* too! icon_cry.gif
    PaulO in MA
    Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:35 am Groupie
    That's the type of cookbook that shows up in a box of local cookbooks at library book sales.

    Booksalefinder is a good source for books sales.

    Where are you located that you want a book from Bridgeport?

    Edit: Just saw you're in Ohio. I grew up just north of Bridgeport.
    Bone Man
    Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:46 am Groupie
    Hi, PaulO. This is a *quest* with which my older brother has challenged me. We live near Portsmouth, Ohio (dead center south on the Ohio River, KY border) and to avoid a prolonged and boring story, he had a friend from Bridgeport who apparently used this book (and may have contributed to it -- I'm not sure) and the Italian recipes therein were indeed remarkable... I have tried some of them and they are special. He thinks I am a computer wizard (because I own one icon_biggrin.gif ) so I guess I must comply with his expectations.

    I do engage in a lot of book searches, but not usually for cookbooks. But since I've been a 'Zaar/ member for so long, I thought, "You never know..."

    As for me and Connecticut... I only ever personally knew one person who *moved* there (or otherwise lived there), my 2nd grade chum and I never ever heard from him again. Bummer. icon_biggrin.gif
    PaulO in MA
    Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:18 am Groupie
    I checked the Bridgeport diocese' web site, and it didn't see that church listed. I was thinking you could have contacted the church to see if any old-time member may have a copy.

    You could maybe contact the diocese to see what church the parish consolidated with and start there.

    I'm actually trying to do something similar ... but in reverse ...

    I usually skip over the local box of spiral-bound cookbooks at library book sales. But, bought a copy of the following at a library book sale a few years ago because it was so old.

    The Housekeepers Friend
    Compiled and presented by the Ladies of the U.B.B. Society of the High Street Union Church
    Union, Maine

    I looked to see if the church was still around, and wanted to send them the copy. Looks like it's a Congregational church now.
    Bone Man
    Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:34 am Groupie
    I thought *every* church in Maine and New Hampshire was a Congregational Church. icon_biggrin.gif I never heard of that church until I happened up there for a research visit (unfortunately on 9-11-01!) When I returned to Appalachia, I discovered that a few existed here too, during the revelations of my research findings to a class at the local University. icon_lol.gif
    Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:37 am Groupie
    Bone Man, we have one of the largest used book stores on the planet where I live. I'll stop in and have them check their inventory, but they don't list that book online.
    Bone Man
    Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:41 am Groupie
    That's the sort of thing I'm looking for. I'm so far from Bridgeport that there's little chance of me finding one at our Goodwill store which has tens of thousands of books. But I'm still gonna check because you never know. Thanks!
    PaulO in MA
    Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:46 am Groupie
    I'll start going through the local cookbook box when we go to library book sales.

    Bone Man wrote:
    I thought *every* church in Maine and New Hampshire was a Congregational Church. icon_biggrin.gif


    My wife's church here in MA is very active with mission trips to ME.

    Some examples of the things they do is to help with bureaucracy. I think the person said that they will be repairing roofs this next trip.

    For example, an elderly couple would apply for state assistance for home heating oil for the winter. The state inspector will visit the house. The couple won't qualify if the roof needs fixing. But the couple doesn't have the means to repair the roof, so they can't get help paying for oil for the winter. Gotta love the system.
    Bone Man
    Thu Jun 27, 2013 10:28 am Groupie
    Even if you pay for it one is punished by one's own insurance company. I just went through a nightmare with Nationwide over THREE shingles (which I had a guy scheduled to repair when it got warm enough outside.) I've been with them for 20 years, never filed a claim, just sent them checks, on time, every 6 months, like clockwork, and BOOM! They came down on me out of the fog of bureaucracy like the Berlin Wall. Insurance companies are meaner than the Gov'mit! Thankfully I have a new insurer. icon_lol.gif The funny thing was, when I walked into my local insurance adjuster's office to cancel out, he didn't have a clue as to why I was doing it and had to ask me. I guess they just collect checks and don't read their mail. icon_biggrin.gif

    But it's great that *someone* is helping people fix their roofs. This is the way that things get done, not by filing claims or (God forbid) by waiting on the Gov'mit to approve something -- church people just go out and do it. Amen. icon_biggrin.gif icon_lol.gif
    pinky kookie
    Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:41 pm Groupie

    Here again Chef,
    I made another search and found this interesting recipe and video from that special Italian Cookbook, and here it is for you to check it out and watch the video with the cook showing the cookbook:

    Fat is Flavor: Meatballs - From Carl Thasian - Published January 7, 2010.
    This is a spaghetti and meatballs recipe that my dad makes. He found this in a Roman Catholic church cookbook in the 1970s and has made it on special occasions ever since. It’s perfectly Italian-American and major comfort food.

    1 lb ground turkey thighs
    minced clove garlic
    fennel seeds
    minced parsley
    salt, pepper
    1/2 cup bread crumbs
    1/3 cup grated Parmesan
    1 egg

    Mix turkey and spices, then add the bread crumbs, cheese, and egg. Form into golfball-sized meatballs and fry in olive oil until brown on all sides. Meanwhile, bring one 28oz. can tomatoes, one 7oz. can tomato paste, and 1 cup of water to a simmer. Add one chopped (raw) onion and salt to taste. Add meatballs and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve over spaghetti — the sauce should cover 1 lb. spaghetti and serve 4-6.

    Adapted from A Treasury of Favorite Italian Recipes by the St. Theresa Guild of Holy Rosary Church, Bridgeport, CT. The original recipe was contributed by Theresa Bucci.
    pinky kookie
    Thu Jun 27, 2013 2:35 pm Groupie

    Well, perhaps you tried this before:
    if you go to the same page where the Italian cookbook is:

    You can see the 8 small pages showed to the right side of the book, just click the pages and then click zoom under the page, and you will see some of the recipes written there, clearly.

    And here is the same website with other good Vintage Italian cookbooks for sale, just in case that you would like to check them out:

    Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:30 pm Groupie
    Sorry, Bone Man, they don't have a copy of the book. But who knows, they could get one in at any time (not so likely here, but possible). You can check periodically online. It's COAS Books in Las Cruces, NM.
    Bone Man
    Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:49 am Groupie
    Thank you, Zeldaz!

    [Sorry I can't see the previous responses as I type this -- it makes it difficult to respond to everyone. I cannot recall names]

    Ah, yes. I saw the recipes that they displayed and told him but Big Brother insists that he wants the entire book. Greedy devil! But people want what they want and one can never out-argue their big brother anyway. icon_lol.gif
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