I inherited something recently that is very precious: this little notebook.
It’s filled with recipes from the kitchen of my maternal great-grandmother, Clara E. Walters. Here’s a picture of her, at age 20, back in 1906.
She was an original – for many reasons. I love how she wrote down recipes on the backs of old Christmas cards. That reduce, reuse, recycle, and repair must be a dominant gene in my family!
This card is dated 1930 and is from my grandfather to his mother. The recipe on the back is for “Grape Nuts.” I wonder who came up with that name first – Post Foods or my great-grandmother!
I’m making all these recipes and seeing if I can’t make them a bit healthier, too. You’ll definitely read about them.
There’s a recipe for hand lotion. And hand soap. And a laxative (ok, I may not make this recipe). Several pickle recipes and many salad dressing recipes. For some reason, there are so many sour cream cake recipes that I’ve lost track!
I’m probably not remaking these recipes, but I do love the cover of this little booklet.
I would love to do something with all of the cards but haven’t figured out what. Do any readers have suggestions of how I could share the cards with my family members?
Do you have old family recipes that you use? What have you inherited that’s precious?
PS if you live in Portland, Fusion NW TV Show is moving to a new time slot beginning tomorrow, Saturday, September 15th. The show, that airs on KOIN 6, will begin at 9am instead of 8am. Tomorrow’s show will feature one of my segments – as a rerun. Tune in tomorrow morning to watch it or you can always check my “TV appearances” page. I’ll be at an early morning soccer game cheering on my favorite left-footed player when it airs but it’s a topic near and dear to my heart: how to fix free chairs!
Go Gingham related links:
Betsy’s best brownies – our chicken who is no longer with us
Healthy and tasty chocolate chip cookies – yes, with flax seeds and chocolate chips!
Delicious cake to make with apples – excellent cake
What to do with honey that’s hardened
Why I cook with pork – several reasons – and one involves sweat
Just say no to baby carrots!
Go Gingham food philosophy – yes, there is one
New to cooking at home? Fear not!