A recipe box from Kansas...
Feb. 9, 2013 1:22 pm
Updated: Feb. 11, 2013 12:33 pm
Today I started recording recipes from a little metal recipe box from Kansas that seems to be owned by a women named Mildred. Regretfully, most of the recipes are cut-out of magazines and boxes, I really adore handwritten recipes instead, and have an obvious
basement mildew smell. The recipe is box in a green tinged ivory metal with a pink, blue and green vining pattern patinaed with rust. Some recipes are neatly organized, but many are thrown in and bent or torn from repeated openings and closing of the box lid.
Mildred's recipe box contains mostly baking recipes with a few main dish type recipes thrown in. It's clear she treasured her clipped recipes-they are carefully taped to index cards and labeled. A series of recipes for Amish Friendship Bread variations, three
versions of hush puppies, several pumpkin-based baked goods, and multiple versions of treats made with cereals, stand out of the crowd.
Mildred, I'm thinking about you today...wondering about your family, your cooking life and how your recipe box came to be in my hands 2,000 miles away from your home state, did you die and your recipe box was lumped in with an estate sale? Did your grandchildren
think the box too far gone to salvage any recipes so it was sold for a few dollars? For me looking through your recipes is mid-west meets north-east and as of today many of your recipes will be shared around the world. It's nice to meet you and may we meet