Great Book Finds- Hearty Muffins

Despite telling myself I was not going to buy anymore cookbooks, I couldn't avoid the opportunity to visit my local hospital thrift store. After all the real destination was the computer store across the street, what could be the harm of just popping in to see what they had. Well what they had was a book sale- all paperbacks 50 cents. There went my resolve down the drain.

I got five booklets in the little paperback Good Housekeeping series from the 50's. One of them is the Ten P.M. Cook Book made infamous by James Lileks. Other finds were Martha Logan's Meat Cook Book, 1954 edition and The Home Book of Italian Cooking, 1964 this was originally published as Mama Mia Italian Cookbook in 1957. These two books are little paperback book sized books. I have mentioned before that I am partial to this type of book and always buy them when I find them. They seem to harder and harder to find. Last but not least I found another edition to my collection of Nitty Gritty books, Sunday Breakfast a cookbook For Men, 1971. This book has some really wild illustrations, very colorful and abstract.
Here is a rather odd recipe from it, a variation of the sweet "surprise" muffin:

Hearty Muffins

"Try these with scrambled eggs for a really great breakfast. The corned beef and cheese in the muffins are filling filling."
2 cups biscuit mix
2 tablespoon sugar
1 egg
2/3 cups milk
1 small can corned beef spread (4 oz. size)
1 teaspoon horseradish
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Blend the horseradish and corned beef spread. Beat the egg well, then add the remaining ingredients. Place a heaping tablespoon of batter in the bottom of each greased muffin tin, then a teaspoon of corned beef mixture. Top with another tablespoon of batter. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.

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