Thursday, June 24, 2010

Old Recipes = Treasure

Something I have wanted to do for a long time is look through, and help organize my Mother's recipes. She has thousands of them from her many years of cooking. On this trip, it finally happened. My brother and I went to an office store, where we purchased a portable file plus folders to catagorize Mother's recipes.

Mother showed me 2 boxes of recipes packed away in her garage. And when I say box I don't mean a cute little recipe box. Not even a shoe box. These were big boxes. I only made it through one of them, which had recipes dating back to the 1950's.

The whole family became involved in this project and that was fun. The recipes brought back many memories and a lot of remember whens.

I came home with a thick folder full of recipes. Many of the recipes are in Mother's handwriting and they are written on all kinds of things--scraps of paper, the back of a letter, envelopes, napkins, counter checks, billing statements, there is even one written on the back of an invitation to my brother's 6th birthday party. There are also recipes written by my aunts, great-aunts, grandmothers, and even my great-grandmother. Also included are some newspaper and magazine clippings of considerable age.

I will be preparing and blogging about some of these recipes. They will start appearing here, interspersed with my usual cooking. I have always had a love for old recipes.


  1. What a wonderful project! And how precious those old recipes must be. Will look forward to your posts about them! Hope you're having a great holiday back home.

  2. I love looking at old recipes, especially ones that bring back old memories.

  3. Isn't blogging a great way to preserve and share old family favorites? I look forward to seeing some of yours.

  4. Grapefruit, Dave, and Kath. . .thank you all. I am looking forward to sharing some of my Mom's delicious recipes.

  5. Mmmmm...sounds delicious! Very excited to see these.

  6. I love the sauce-splattered, hand-written recipes written on whatever was at hand.
    Have fun organizing! And I'm looking forward to seeing your Mother's recipes.