More Lifelong Favorites
A collection of recipes from Senior Perspective
By Jim Palmer, Editor/Publisher of Senior Perspective
Earlier this year, because we were working
on this 20th cookbook, I did a call out to
all our readers -- “If you have all editions of
the Senior Perspective, let us know.” Since the
cookbook has turned into kinda a collector’s
item over the years, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
I know that a lot of people have been
looking to complete their sets but I’m not sure
how many have been successful in their quest
for a full set. While I’m sure there are at least
a couple others out there, there was just one
person that contacted us with proof of a full
set! It was Shirley Ross of Alexandria.
Shirley sent us a photo with all 19 editions
of the book. We will make sure she
gets a copy of this new volume. Shirley has
been sending up great recipes for years. We
didn’t know she was also a collector. When
she sent us this photos, she also mentioned her love for
cookbooks. “When our public library is closed and I’m
out of reading material, I go to the shelf that has a few
of my favorite cookbooks. Some have history, inspiration
and poems. Some have hints for gardens, house decorating
and even home remedies,” she said.
Besides the Senior Perspective cookbook, Shirley
also has cookbooks from early pioneers, hunters and
game, churches, Amish, Minnesota resorts, Mrs. Santa’s
treats, and preschool/kindergarten/first grade cookbooks,
“My suggestion to readers is when you’re out of reading
material, pick up a cookbook and start reading. What
knowledge!” she said.
To add some knowledge to this Introduction, I dug up
some of the old versions of the cookbook. Here are some
fun facts for you...
The fi rst book was called “Lifelong Favorites” and
cost $4 (same as today) and included more than 200 recipes.
There were no ads in the book at that time, so the
book was paid for strictly through retail sales. The book
had clip art images and the entire book was black/white.
Every edition after the fi rst one has been called “More
Lifelong Favorites.” The second edition, printed in the
late 1990s, was not listed as “volume 2.” This is probably
because they didn’t think there would be another one after
The first five editions of the cookbook were all printed
in black/white and the cover was printed in a brown ink.
Volume 6 was the first to be printed with a color cover
(with black and white inside).
Inside color pages were introduced
shortly after and have been used since.
The book was printed every
other year for about 10 years
and then every year since then.
This was due to popularity of
the book and added demand
from our advertisers. Speaking
of advertisers, ads were first introduced
into the book after the
first edition. The ads served as
a way to pay for the printing of
the book. If the book did not
have advertisers to offset the
cost of the book, we would have
to charge about $20 a book to
This volume of the cookbook
has some great new recipes,
some fun photos, and something
new. For the 20th edition,
we gave our readers an opportunity to recognize and honor
their favorite cook/baker/griller/etc.
There are a lot of people I would like to thank for their
help with the cookbook -- now and with past books. Most
of all, I would like to thank the people who have submitted
recipes all these years, the advertisers who have
supported the book and all those who have purchased the
book each year. Without those three groups of people, this
book would not exist. When you page through the book,
be sure to notice the advertisers. They are the reason why
this book only costs $4 today.
I would like to also thank the team at Senior Perspective,
who have worked on the book the last 30 years. This
includes people tying up the recipes, proofing the recipes,
selling the ads, laying out the book, delivering the books,
etc. It takes a team effort to pull this off each year.
When it comes to the 20th edition, I would like to
thank these people in particular: Jen Bergerson, Beth Hellem,
Joanne Brown, Bud Prescott, Laura Melby, Daymia
Martin, Alia Ossmo, Amanda Weisel, Taylor Reetz, Bernie
Farnam, Mike Shaw, Jim Arvidson, Evelyn DeSmet,
Chuck Sterling, Scott Thoma, Dwaine Palmer, Pat Broberg,
Joey Ross, Sheila Nepsund and Judy Lund.
If you have recipe that you would like to get in the
Senior Perspective and/or the next cookbook, just sent
to email@example.com or mail to Senior Perspective
Recipes, P.O. Box 1, Glenwood, MN 56334. If you would
like to order extra books, go to page 111 for more info.
Thanks for your support over the years and I hope
you enjoy the book!
Submitted by Kori Williams of Alexandria
6 quart kettle full of potatoes, peel and
1/2 cup oleo or Crisco
1 cup canned milk, cream or evaporated
milk not sweetened
3 level tablespoons salt
Beat all together except flour. Cool overnight or similar time in fridge. Put in a cake pan and cut it into six squares then store in refrigerator. Take 1 square out of the fridge at a time. Add 1 cup flour. Mix into roll as for cookie roll. Cut into pieces and roll out one at a time as you bake.
Every year Kori Williams and her two grown daughters get together and make lefse. They have a grand time together. “It’s always a joy for me because, they both take over, and I no longer have to do this by myself!” The group is also teaching Kori’s granddaughter (Ruby Greenwald) how to make lefse. Pictured right is Ruby rolling out her first piece of lefse last year. Kori’s oldest daughter, Lindy Greenwald of Coon Rapids, (left) is actually a pastry chef, and makes many wonderful baked goods. Her youngest daughter, Melody Henderson of Chisago City, (right) is a hairstylist. “I never have to worry about having my hair or having enough to eat when they’re around!” Kori added that the Lefse turner that Melody is holding was made by her dad. Most lefse turners are narrow, and this one is wide and thin. Submitted by Kori Williams of Alexandria
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