Turn Around for this Antique Mall

Lots of antiques and old stuff nicely displayed. Two rooms with rows of vendor booths.

Variety of antiques in a booth at antique mallJunction Antique Mall

5447 S. U.S. 59
Nacogdoches, TX

This was one of those shops you drive by and decide it is worth turning around to go back to. The outside of this antique mall gave off the “vibe” that it would an interesting shop. So turn around we did.

We usually don’t have specific items we are hunting for at this stage in life. It is more the oddball or unusual item that may “speak” to us and get bought. I am on the look out for interesting cookbooks so I can find recipes to share with you. Two “new to me“ but older cookbooks are in my read pile. "Cooking Through Rose-Colored Glasses" and "100 Southern Recipes" cookbooks' front coversAs I quickly paged through them, I found numerous recipes that were interesting. You’ll be seeing more from these cookbooks. Check out the post, “Fresh Baked Goods . . .. Oh My!” for one recipe already shared.

Picture of outside of Junction Antique MallVenue:  Antique Mall

Atmosphere:  Clean shopping environment. Two rooms with the side room 1/3 the size of the main room. Rows of vendor booths.Picture inside antique mall

Offerings:  Lots of antiques and old stuff nicely displayed. One booth had a large variety of Tupperware. Another had lids for glass or metal cookware. Antique Mall display of glass and metal lids for saleTwo booths had a number of cookbooks. A number of cast iron selections at reasonable prices. There was also a room full of Pyrex.Picture inside of antique mall

Recommendations:  Stop by and allow plenty of time to browse as there is lots to look at. As is often the case, some vendors are more reasonably priced than others.Picture inside of antique mall

Service:  The lady we talked with at checkout was friendly and is a dog person. A good sized shepherd and little poodle were manning the counter with her. Both dogs were extremely friendly BUT don’t mess with Mama. A price tag had fallen off one of the cookbooks I was buying. She joined Pete and I in the search to find it.Picture inside of antique mall showing rows of booths

Return Rating:  Definitely

Junction Antique Mall business card

Previously Promised Recipe found in Vintage Cookbook

When you look at this recipe, you might think it will make a small batch. Beware, a double batch was a lot of soup! This is an easy, creamy soup that you can tweak for your tastes.

Here is a new recipe for you from a vintage cookbook as previously promised.  I found this while waiting for our breakfast at Dumas Walker Pepper & Pie Co. in Brenham, TX. This soup sounded easy and I love avocados. You can check out my blog on Dumas Walker’s, and remember to schedule a visit when you are in that neck of the woods. It is worth it!

Ole SA Cookbook cover

I changed the recipe up a bit to suit my tastes and what I had on hand.  I scooped out and rehydrated my Thrive Life freeze dried veggies.  I used mushrooms, onions, and celery that I microwaved and let cool before adding to my mixture. Next, I blended the avocado, cream, lime juice (from the plastic lime), cilantro, and of course my veggies.

Since I didn’t have chicken broth on hand this was a vegetarian version using water for liquid. No salt on hand either so I used Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.

When you look at this recipe, you might think it will make a small batch and double it like I did.  Beware, a double batch was a lot of soup!

Avocado soup recipe

Take-aways from this trial run: use less cream, have salt and pepper on hand, and experiment to spice it up.

I loved the texture and creaminess of the soup, but again I love avocados. This easy, cold soup could easily become a staple in my recipe repertoire once I get the spicing down. Any suggestions?

My husband would rather have this soup hot. You can try it both ways and decide. Hot or cold?

picture of avocado soup in pottery bowl with spoon

Remember, I will be sharing more vintage cookbook recipes with you.