Mercy, It’s Good!

July 3, 2013 | By | Comments (0)

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mercy-it's-goodToday’s Community Cookbook: Mercy, It’s Good! (Copyright 1984. Published by Our Lady of Mercy Cookbook Committee.  Printed by Land and Land Printers, Inc., Baton Rouge, LA.)

By putting more than 1,300 recipes through the rigorous testing and tasting of over 90 women, the Cookbook Committee at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Baton Rouge compiled what must be one of the most diverse and reliable compendiums of homespun recipes in Louisiana. They even recruited their husbands to contribute; Norman J. Wilton, Jr.’s “Julian Baked Fish,” had been highlighted in our copy; I can’t say it’s the kind of recipe that we’ll test in the SL test kitchen, but I just may hand it over to my husband to see if Wilton, Jr.’s recipe is worthy of the book’s title.

Norman J. Wilton, Jr.’s, “Julian Baked Fish” from Mercy, It’s Good!

  • 2 lbs. fish filets
  • Salt and red pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • One 8-oz. bottle creamy Italian dressing
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • One 8-oz. bag potato chips

Place fish in bottom of 9 x 13 inch pan. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Cover fish with Italian dressing; spread cheese on top. Crush chips and spread on top of cheese.  Bake at 500 degrees for 15 minutes. Freezes well.

The suggested menus that open the book are a humorous glimpse into the kinds of themed dinner parties that define entertaining in the 80s.

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