I was sorting through some recipes recently and came across some written on index cards from my Mother and my Aunt. I have a notebook of recipes on index cards that I have adhered to paper and slipped into page protectors. Sounds very nerdy and it is but I am keeping these favorites as clean and as readable as possible.
I have some old cookbooks that were my Mother’s. My sister has some of my Aunt’s old cookbooks. One of my favorites is a cookbook that is a compilation of recipes from the congregation of women in the synagogue. These cookbooks from synagogues or churches I think are always good and a real glimpse into the times of their publication.
In this cookbook, published in1956, all the recipes are given the name of the author. The names of course are listed as Mrs. Husband first and last name. Sometimes the authors list their names as Mrs. Her first name and last name, shocking!
Another of my favorite cookbooks, ‘The New Hood Cook Book, A modern cook book of practical recipes’, my Mother wrote her name and address and dated it 1943, before she was married or even knew my dad. H.P. Hood & sons, makers of New England dairy products, put out this cookbook, the 1941 edition.
When reading the recipes from these cookbooks or off the index cards, I like when the directions say, “Light the oven”. The other instruction that tickles me is “Set in the icebox”. In baking I see a lot, “flavor with vanilla”. Not going to tell you much vanilla! How about using the ingredient ‘Spry’. Somewhere around the late 1960’s, spry turned into Crisco or Shortening defining what is spry
I love that on some of my Mother’s recipe cards she has written “delicious”. I remember those blonde brownies and indeed they are tasty. On a couple of other cards she has noted that the baked item “freezes well”.
Reading My Mother’s index cards some she printed, some she wrote cursive, all recognizable as her handwriting and penmanship brings back delicious loving memories.
Do you have old recipes or old cookbooks?