While going through her kitchen cupboards, I found a black three ring notebook, the leather was worn and it smelled of times gone by. I opened the book and inside I discovered a recipe scrapbook of sorts. My Grandma made this recipe book herself, each dividing tab, every magazine or newspaper recipe cut out, she glued in. This was in essence her recipe Pinterest board. It is not a store bought cook book, and it is also not a recipe book with handwritten recipes that she created over time, this was her crafty compilation of the latest recipes, serving techniques and "best cake recipe ever" book.
The first page, in her beautiful handwriting, she wrote a message. "Some very good recipes & serving suggestions". I'm not sure what the "at" means, or maybe its an "a+"
I think what I love the most is that everything in it she cut out herself, and she must have done so for a reason. Which means every page has her personal touch. I can see now where I got my scrap booking skills and my desire to collect and save things. Some of the recipes call for ingredients I'm not sure you could find anymore, some of them call for Crisco and pasteurized process cheese. But a lot of them are simple recipes with real ingredients, honest cooking that you don't see much anymore. I am going to go through this book every once in a while and try some of these recipes- just to feel a little closer to my grandma.
The first thing I pulled out is a recipe poster of sorts, it is from American Weekly, March 2, 1952. I'm not sure what a woman was supposed to do with this large poster of "Delightful Hot Cheese Dishes", perhaps pin it on her kitchen wall as inspiration for a while?
I zoned in on one recipe in particular that I think I would make of all of them "savory dairy loaf"...sounds disgusting but its really like a veggie meat loaf.
Other pages I really enjoyed were her cake "Pinterest board"
Where I found this "Perfect Spice Cake" recipe, the secret ingredient is a pinch of black pepper...hmmm could be good?
This blueberry muffin recipe- simple ingredients, whole foods, sounds delicious! Plus it says it's "tested in The American Home Kitchen" so that must mean it rocks!
And this adorable page where she noted a serving suggestion for creamy sauces over veggies and a recipe I would totally try for "Corn Fritters"
What I don't know is if my grandma ever made any of these, if she liked them, if any were her favorites, there are no other notes in this book, so there isn't much for me to go off of, but I love having it because I know she didn't just buy it and put it in her cupboard, she made it, she sat and cut out these pictures and recipes, she wanted to make this for one reason or another and I will certainly cherish it.
In other daily news, we went to the home improvement store last night to pick out supplies for a back splash !! I am waaaay more excited about a few sheets of glass tile than I should be but I can't wait to post pictures of the finished product :) After shopping we were hungry and stopped at...McDonald's. Don't worry I got their southwest grilled chicken salad for 10 Points Plus
Oh and I also took the brown dogs for a walk because it was a tropical 43 degrees yesterday in MN
Did you have a good Wednesday?
Do you have any recipe books or keepsakes that you treasure?