Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Recipe Boxes and the Stories They Tell

In going through my mother's things my latest adventure was delving into her recipe box. The contents surprised me as there are recipes from many of her friends, but the biggest surprise was that she had incorporated her collection into my sister's recipe box from our junior high school days. The collection of my sister is very similar to my collection created as a project with the same teacher from 1966-1968.

For some time now my recipe box sat on my office desk, with the hopeful intent of typing the recipes for sharing with my family. Since mine is a little better organized it is the one that will be included here. There twenty-five index tabs and on each of them is a list of the recipes found behind them. Just for fun this will be a listing of the recipes by order and title. If you find one that you would like to try, let me know and it will be sent to you.

Toasted Cereal Snacks

Ginger Ale Melon Cup
Milk Shake - various types
Hot Spiced Lemonade
Something Refreshing
Hot Spiced Lemonade
Mocha Ice Cream Soda
Spoon-Up Eggnog
Tahitian Punch
Russian Tea
Hot Cocoa

Breads, Biscuits and Muffins
Banana Nut Loaf
Mexican Swirls
White Nut Loaf
Biscuit Mix
Basic White Bread
Hot Blueberry Tea Bread
Cinnamon Rolls+Butterscotch+Pecan Rolls
Chocolate Swirl Coffee Cake
Scother Shortbread
Zuchinni Bread (best with chocolate chips)
Pumpkin Bread
Applesauce Pumpkin Bread
50% Whole Wheat Bread (family favorite)
Croissants (French Crescents)
Bran Muffins
Bagels (family favorite)

Cakes, Fillings and Frostings
"Choo, Choo" Birthday Train Cake
Wine Cake
Carrot Cake
White Frosting
Banana Pie Filling, variations
Dream Cake
Cranberry-Orange Cake
Sugar - Crusted Maple Cake
Brown Sugar Meringue
Wacky Cake
Cake Delight
Barbarian Apple Cake
Gumdrop Cake
Oatmeal Cake
Chinese Almond Cakes
German Honey Cake
Topping for German Chocolate Cake
Friendship Cake

Peanut Butter Fudge
Rocky Road Candy
Peppermint Taffy
Inexpensive 5 lb. Fudge
Sugar Coated Walnuts
Caramel Apples
Caramel Popcorn Balls
Salt Water Taffy

Casseroles and One Dish Meals
Quick Pizza
Tuna Fish Casserole
Seafarer Casserole
Chow Mein Casserole
Money-Saver Casserole
Chinese Casserole
Cashew Casserole
Turkey-Crab Stroganoff
Della Davis Wheat Chili
Meat Loaf (family favorite)
Chicken Casserole
Italian White Tagliarni
Chicken Enchiladas (family favorite)

Peanut Butter Cookies
Snickerdoodles (family favorite)
Cherry Bonbons
Chocolate Crinkles
Noel Wreaths
Oatmeal Crispies
Mix Easy Brownies
Lemon Coconut Squares
Polka Daters
Pin-Raisin Drops
7 Layer Bars
Mailing Cookies-Applesauce
Pecan Fingers
Lemon Squares
Oatmeal Cookies (family favorite)
Sunflower Seed Cookies
Choco Peanut Butter Bars
Unbaked Chocolate Cookies (family favorite)
Swedish Cookies
Peanut Blossoms
Gingerbread Ghosts (family favorite)
Angel Thumbprints
Russian Tea Cakes

Chocolate Chiffon Pudding
Apple Impromptu
Brownie Tarte
Brownie Mint Tartlets
Hershey Chocolate Desert
Blueberry Desert
Tapioca Pudding (my mother's, family favorite)
Frozen Pumpkin Desert
Next Best Thing to Robert Redford
Granola Bars (friend Michaelle)
Cheesecake (Aunt Annie)
Pastry Pocket Desert
Cherry Cobbler
Chocoblanco Snowballs

Doughnuts- Waffles and Griddle Cakes
Orange Pancakes
New Orleans Square Doughnuts
Griddle Cakes and Variations
Hot Cakes with Bisquick
Hot Maple Syrup

Eggs and Cheese
Scotch Eggs
Cheese Balls
Cheese Scuffle

Fish and Sea Foods
Chinese Shrimp Bites

Foreign Foods

Frozen Foods
Dairy Bars


Jams, Jellies and Preserves

L.D.S. Meat Loaf
Juicy Meat Loaf
Weiner Wraps
Pronto Pups
Three in One Hamburger Mix
Stuffed Burger
Hamburger Pie
Tamale Pie
Hash N Chili Burgers
Skillet Spaghetti

Outdoor Cooking

Pickles and Relishes
Garlic Dills
Sweet Chunk Pickles

Pies and Pastries
Cherry Cobbler
Plain Pastry
Pumpkin Pie (family favorite)
Thumbkin Pumpkin Pies


Salads and Salad Dressings
Fruit Salad Supreme
Apricot Pineapple Mold
Cheole Salad
Thousand Island Dressing
Fruit Gelatin
Eggnog Jello
Taco Salad Dressing

Soups and Sauces
White Sauce
Cheese Sauce
Mixed Fruit Sauce
Fudge Sauce
Taco Soup

Sandwiches and Snacks
Granola - Snackers Wallace (family favorite)

Cauliflower Deluxe
Scalloped Corn
Baked Green Bean Casserols
Scalloped Potatoes

Fancy Ways with Butter
Spices and Herbs, listed with uses, 2 cards
A Recipe for All Good Cooks

Some quick observations about the recipes found in my box. First of all there are no recipes under fish and seafoods; foreign foods; fruits; jams, jellies and preserves; outdoor cooking; and poultry. There is only one under appetizers; frozen foods; sandwiches and snacks and two under pickles and relishes. Over the years there were many recipes used from these categories, but not put in the recipe box. The categories with the most recipes are sweets and deserts. Main dishes, meat dishes and salads are also well represented. As a young teen my interests were focused on these. Now as a mother and grandmother my focus has changed to include a more balanced diet.

In our family we generally cook without recipes, often creating concoctions from what we have on hand. Some of our family favorites need to be written down so we can pass them on to future generations. My mother made wonderful deviled eggs and my version is pretty close. She would bring these to our family events and they disappeared quickly.

What family favorite recipes do you need to record for your posterity? It is part of our family legacy that can be easily overlooked. Be sure to capture the favorite recipes of those ancestors and share them with others.

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