Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Retro Mother's Day Week - Spinach Casserole #recipe from author @DarylWoodGerber

From Daryl aka Avery:

It's the first week of the month, and per my most recent newsletter—you got that, right?—I'm doing giveaways here and on Facebook (my Daryl page) during the first week of each month until Fudging the Books releases in August!  So see the giveaway below and click the word "comments" to enter.


For Retro Mother's Day Week, I've prepared one of my mother's go-to recipes. She served this often at her buffet parties. Yes, my mother was a party animal. Kid you not. She loved having friends over. When she and my father divorced, she partied even harder. She easily made lots of friends. From her real estate business, to her golfing buddies, to her bridge buddies. 

For her friends, she held wonderful buffet parties. She loved cheese platters and cold cuts and dips. She served Jell-O molds, mixed cocktails, delicious desserts.

For appetizers or main meals, she liked easy food that would satisfy quickly. This is one of her best. It's in my handwriting, not hers. Not sure where that recipe went. Bet my sister has it!

I love spinach. It's so good for you. The way it melds with cheese is amazing!

Now, this recipe calls for processed cheese. I am not a processed cheese person. I never have been. I know it is great in grilled cheese. Heck, it melts like a dream!!  But it's not cheese. C'mon.  So I have altered this recipe so it uses real Cheddar cheese. You pick. Pre-shredded or shred it yourself. Cut this little baby into 6 - 8 portions, or consider cutting it into little inch-square as appetizers.  Delicious and easy! Quiche with 
no crust. :)

PS  Have you ever noticed how old recipe cards are so smudged and used??

(as a side dish or appetizer)


2 packages chopped spinach, thawed
4 cups cottage cheese
8 ounces processed cheese (I used shredded cheddar)
6 beaten eggs
½ cup melted butter
6 tablespoons flour (I used potato starch)


Drain thawed spinach. 

Mix all in a large bowl and pour the mixture into greased 9 x 13 baking dish.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-45 minutes.

Let sit for 10 minutes. Serve hot.


1 package spinach
2 cups cottage cheese
4 ounces processed cheese (grated cheese)
3 beaten eggs
¼ cup melted butter
3 tablespoons flour

Mix and put into an 8 x 8 square pan.  Bake as directed.


As promised, during the first week of each month until August, I'm giving away two books on Mystery Lovers Kitchen as well as 
on my Facebook page: DARYL WOOD GERBER
So leave a comment today as well as your email contact [you can be cryptic; I'm a mystery writer; I'll figure it out] and tell me whether you would prefer to win a 
Cookbook Nook Mystery or a Cheese Shop Mystery! 
 I'll pick a winner by Friday.
Good luck.  
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  1. Another wonderful recipe and backstory! I would prefer to win a
    Cookbook Nook Mystery book.

    1. Hi, LizNo. Thanks. BTW, I made this whole recipe and I'm still having it for lunches. Perfect!

      Daryl / Avery

  2. Looks yummy and I agree with you about the cheese. Grew up with the processed stuff but as soon as I was in charge of my own kitchen explored all the varieties of real cheese!

    I would love to win a Cheese Shop Mystery. Thanks.

    1. Hi, Sally, it's so much fun exploring a variety of cheese! Thanks for chiming in.

      Daryl/ Avery

  3. Thank you for the recipe for the dish looks good! I would love to win a Cookbook Nook Mystery book, please. Thank you for the giveaway.

  4. Sounds delicious, Avery/Daryl. I loved the background on your mom too! I feel like I knew her and would have enjoyed those parties.

    Great giveaway too!


    MJ (off to share)

    1. MJ, you would have loved her. You are a party animal. :)

      Daryl / Avery

  5. The recipe looks good! If I win, I think I would like a Cheese Shop book. Wait, no, make it a Cookbook Nook book. Tough decision!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

  6. I love the idea of recipes that say, "Mix everything in a bowl and then put into the pan." Wish it were all so easy!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net
    I'm equal opportunity on the book.

    1. Libby, my mother had a lot of mix everything recipes. I shared Carmelita's dump cake way back when. It's so easy and yummy. These are the kinds of recipes my character Jenna likes, too. :)

      Daryl / Avery