Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Vintage Recipe Thursday - Meal planning in the 60's

Recipe file: 1972
Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook: 1963
Recipes & Notes: 1962 - 1976

I love writing about my recipes and the many memories I have of cooking with my mother and two grandmothers.
The Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook, published in 1963 is one of the ones my mother and I would browse through just for a few ideas for the week's menu plan. We studied the grocery store sales sheets from the newspaper and then figured out the week's activities and then what the meals would be.
All thrifty and invaluable training that served me well throughout my married life feeding a husband and three sons.
The wooden recipe box was my project while my husband was in the Air Force, stationed at Kunsan AFB, Korea in 1972. I typed (on a real typewriter, no less!) my favorite recipes from my mother, grandmothers and friends.
One recipe is New Orlean Casserole, just a simple recipe of my grandmother Jean.
The note is from my grandmother Mother "B" that says, "January 21, 1976 - Karen sweet relish is delicious. We loved it with our bacon and eggs for breakfast - Love, Mama "B"
Yes... relish for breakfast -- I think sort of a West Texas tradition.
Here is a recipe from my mother that she got from her friend Betty from England. This was during my parents' early married days.

Betty's Pancakes
3 1/2 c. flour
5 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
2 1/2 c. milk
6 tbsp. melted butter
6 tbsp. sugar

Just mix all of this in the order it is listed.
I just made this recipe this week.
They're wonderful!



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A little addition: Don't think that these are all of the recipes I have.
I have several recipes files, three-ring binders full of recipes, plus approximately 200 cookbooks.
I can't part with a one of them!

10 comments:

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

So many memories tied to recipes! Great post :)

Blessings!
Gail

Celestial Charms said...

I enjoy looking at vintage recipes too. Unfortunately I don't have any recipes written down by my Mom or other close relatives. They never wrote their own recipes down...just memorized them. I so wish I had my Mother's Italian sauce recipe. She would make a real big pot of it, and then let her cooked meatballs simmer in it for what seemed like hours. So, I enjoy looking at everyone else's old family recipes. Must try that pancake one you posted.

P.S. Love your first day of school photo on your sidebar. So cute!
Maureen

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

What a fun post! I have purchased an old recipe box at an estate sale- when I realized just what I had, I drove back to give it back and they didn't want it! Can you imagine??

Kathy said...

After reading your posts I always want to call my Mom and tell I love her....thank you for that

Julie Harward said...

I love this...my MIL gave my daughter all her old recipes in boxes like this for a wedding gift. I have copied all mine and passed them on to all my daughters. This kind of thing means so much and yet today's girls either don't cook or know how to use a recipe! ;D

Michelle Burgess said...

I love this blog - it reminds me of my mums cooking. She used to use the Better Homes and Garden Cookbook

A Vintage Chic said...

What wonderful kitchen memories, Karen! I have a lot of family recipes that I hold dear, as well...thanks for sharing the pancake recipe--looks delicious!

Hope you're having a wonderful day!

Julie

Theresa said...

Love this recipe and the story of the wooden recipe box! Enjoy your day and publish some of those recipes:)

Have a blessed day! HUGS!

Manuela@TPOH said...

Love the story of your recipe box! My Mom didn't cook much so unfortunately I don't have any family recipes, but I've put a book together for my daughter.

Manuela

Mary said...

Did your gramma call her relish "chow-chow" like mine did? Hers was fab!