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Old Recipe Books full of Family Stories….

Every home has them, those ugly recipe books, crammed with hand written notes and cards, clipping from newspapers and  magazines, family favorites handed down through time and generations.  Some are more used than others.  The coffee table books sit with the beautiful pictures, while time and time again hands grab for these old, worn faded and stained books.

Sometimes when you are hunting for something else ..well you come across one of these lovely old beauties!!

1920's old recipe book , cover is worn but well loved inside!

1920’s old recipe book , cover is worn but well loved inside!

Cooks love shared recipes. The ones that have been tested by picky toddlers and husbands.  So into these old books are written the stories of friendships shared over time. You open one, and you can be a detective. Instantly you learn what they enjoyed cooking, if they liked baking, or making soups. If they loved trying new recipes and saved the good ones, and how they socialized.  If they home canned or even made home made wine!

Witch Cake???

Witch Cake???

A recipe for Witch Cake is pasted on spare space, along with Quick Cinnamon Buns..They are below the Steam Icing ..you wonder if she used that instead of seven minute frosting or it was just the perfect place to tuck these in??

waffles..not one but several versions!

waffles..not one but several versions!

Waffles, my wife says NO ONE, made waffles like her Great Aunt Donna!  I can attest the woman could make these like none I have had since!  Floating Island is a family recipe my wife got from her Grandmother and rarely makes it these days, but it is a family favorite.

cakes and pudding recipes with pasted in clippings from newspapers and magazines

cakes and pudding recipes with pasted in clippings from newspapers and magazines

There are a great deal of cake, muffin and cookie recipes in this book along with some mane dish items, so the cook enjoyed a well rounded time in the kitchen.  It is interesting to note that the “Lazy Daisy Cake” must have been a favorite as it is written in further back in the book in her hand and looks as if she made a few changes to it for her version.

Ever wonder about what Tongue tastes like???

Ever wonder about what Tongue tastes like???

Tongue is not something I really want to eat. My wife says she tried it ONCE. I think that says it. ONCE. Enough. It was and still is a cut that is used in places, as nothing used to go to waste. everything had it’s place on the table or in the garden.

old fashioned home made relish

old fashioned home made relish

Speaking of gardens, this is one of those books that has notes and recipes for relish, jams, canning for all sorts of item.  There was a time when it was done in just about every home. I can tell you, if you haven’t had homemade relish, you should, there is a big difference between that and store bought!  A farmer’s Market or “pick your own” will gain you much produce to make more cans than you will think you will need. Sweet sour relish is in this book in several places as it has always been a favorite of most people.

evaporated milk ad with recipes

evaporated milk ad with recipes

Even the advertisers managed to put recipes into their ads!  This one is for Danish Pride Milk.

THE oven in it's DAY!!

THE oven in it’s DAY!!

And of course every good cook needs the right equipment! Check out the advertisement for the stove!  A classic beauty in it’s day they are making them look like this once again! incredible..what goes around comes all the around and back again!