Do you have a recipe box? I don’t. I used to have one but haven’t seen it in years. All my recipes are on the computer these days. Mom gave me my grandma’s recipe box. She got it from my grandma probably 15 years ago.
I love that she has the pecan pie recipe taped onto the front of the box.
This recipe was given to my grandma by a friend in 1948. I so wish all the recipes were dated. They wrote them on notebook paper, on the backs of envelopes, some are copied onto the tiniest bits of paper! There are many recipes torn from newspapers.
This is what I’ve been telling you for years! 🙂 “Bake your own bread — it’s better and costs half as much as buying it!” This isn’t the recipe I use for rolls but I’m going to try it.
My grandparents lived near Zwolle, Louisiana where they make and sell the best tamales. Those are some of the things I miss most about Louisiana and I finally figured out how to make them. My grandma had this newspaper article in the recipe box and it mentions the Tamale Festival and gives a recipe for making tamales. I’ll have to compare that to my recipe but we had Zwolle tamales one night while I was in Louisiana and I think mine are pretty comparable to those.
This recipe for Chocolate Sheet Cake is in my writing. There’s no telling when I wrote that but it was years ago because my handwriting is horrible and has been since I learned shorthand.
My grandpa’s mom always had tea cakes in her kitchen. I know I don’t remember things exactly as they were but I never remember going to her house when there wasn’t a big platter of tea cakes . . and I went to her house often! Mom said she doesn’t remember a single time she went to Maw’s house when there weren’t tea cakes. One of the things I’ve wished over and over again was that I had her tea cake recipe. One of her daughters (my grandpa’s sister) is still alive and I called her to ask her if she has the recipe. She doesn’t but she told me that her mom made biscuits every morning and then in the same bowl, she made tea cakes . . every day! I’ve tried dozens of tea cake recipes hoping to get one similar to what I remember my great grandmother’s tea cakes tasting like. In my grandma’s recipe box was this tea cake recipe.
This will be the first of her recipes that I make and I’m so hoping they’ll be the same as how I remember Maw’s tea cakes.
No doubt, my grandma never thought her recipe box was anything special but I’m so thrilled to have it, along with all these old recipes!