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One More Cookbook Won't Hurt! 
Nov. 17, 2011 9:53 am 
Updated: Dec. 7, 2011 6:19 pm
     One more cookbook won't hurt! I have a whole closet of cookbooks, but when I inherited my Mother-in-Law's cookbooks I was like a kid in a candy store.


Treasures Worth More than Gold!

     I feel privileged to inherit these two cookbooks from my Mother-in-Law's collection. I am sure someone out there has these two books. Has anyone tried any of the recipes in these books? Such as the classic pumpkin pie with molasses?
American Woman's Cook Book 1941
Woman's Home Companion Cook Book 1945

Most Treasured

Now, there was this one old tattered and torn cookbook that truly touched my heart.  When I opened it I found dozens of handwritten notes and recipes from my Mother-in-Law.
Tattered and Torn without a Cover
     So today, I made one of those recipes --Icebox Oatmeal Cookies. This is a recipe handed down from my Mother-in-Law's Aunt Eva. The old-fashioned cookies are thin and crispy. My husband told me he ate a lot of these cookies growing up. Of course that was after he ate 3 or 4 cookies.
Here is the link to the recipe: Icebox Oatmeal Cookies
.Icebox Oatmeal Cookies
My Mother-in-Law's handwritten Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

My Cooking Journey Continues

     As I continue on my cooking journey, I will certainly spend some time cooking recipes from these vintage cookbooks. Perhaps, I will make a classic pumpkin pie with molasses, an orange cake, or maybe homemade noodles. I know revisiting these cookbooks has got to make me a better cook. Meanwhile, I am busy scanning my Mother-in-Law's handwritten notes and recipes that will later be added to a Family Cookbook.
American Woman's Cook Book
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Woman's Home Companion Cook Book
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Icebox Oatmeal Cookies
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Nov. 17, 2011 10:02 am
Hi Lela! You most certainly have some treasures there! I love my cookbooks... especially the ones I inherited from my Mom, who passed in June of last year.
Nov. 17, 2011 10:18 am
Lela-I paid $35.00 for my copy of the american woman's cookbook!! and I treasure it. The recipies are a little iffy...some of the ingredients are not available anymore or just too darn unhealthy to cook with, but I love to curl up with it on a cold night and read it!! enjoy it.
Nov. 17, 2011 10:24 am
Thanks Terry and Teri. I get a kick out of such things--table settings--the Bridal Breakfast Table. Terry I was reading your blog cute pics of the kiddos and lots of fun.
Nov. 17, 2011 11:17 am
I've never seen those cookbooks but this morning I was looking at my DH's great Aunt's Victory(as in wartime Victory Garden) cookbook. I do have my Mom's Betty Crocker 1950's version with all of her handwritten notes in the margin plus one of her church cookbooks. They are, indeed, a blast to read but except for some of the ingredients my newer BC cookbook has many of the same recipes. And I totally agree with you, one more cookbook can't hurt :)
Nov. 17, 2011 11:34 am
So you got me thinking and I looked for the oldest cookbook I have. It's a 1920 "White House" cookbook. First printed in 1887. This 1920 cookbook sure looks it's age. It contains: cooking, toilet and household recipes, menus, dinner-giving table etiquette, care of the sick, health suggestions, facts worth knowing, etc.
Nov. 17, 2011 11:44 am
BD Wow! Have you ever made anything from your White House cookbook? I guess Table etiquette was really important back then --instead of eating in front of the T.V. My kids think it is funny when I set the table and place the silverware according to proper etiquette. They just throw the silverware on the table and hope it lands next to a plate. LOL!
Nov. 17, 2011 11:54 am
CatHill- The Victory Garden cookbook sounds fascinating. One of the 1940's cookbooks I have talks about sugar rationing. You are so lucky to have your Mom's handwritten notes in her cookbooks. I hope to pass along all my cookbooks to my 2 kids someday. By then, they may need a large UHaul!
Nov. 17, 2011 12:32 pm
I consider books to be like a good friend, even more so the cookbooks of loved ones I have lost- priceless treasures! Bet your hubby swooned over those childhood cookies! You *can* go home again- if only while eating those cookies! :)
Nov. 17, 2011 12:42 pm
Lela - Can't say I've made any thing from the book but was just reading some it. "For cleaning glass bottles: crush egg shells into small bits, or a few carpet tacks, or a small quantity of gun shot, put into the bottle; then fill one-half full of strong soap suds; shake thoroughly, then rinse in clear water. Will look like new."
Nov. 17, 2011 12:48 pm
BD-I like that idea--the eggshells that is.LOL I have flower vase with a narrow neck I can't get clean and can't find my brush (bottle scrubber.) I will just have to try the egg shells.
Nov. 17, 2011 12:51 pm
Here is one for you and I tried it and it works for aluminum pans--to remove dark rings fill pot with water and add 2 Tbsp. cream of tartar per quart of water. Boil 5 to 8 min.--then use soap filled pads.
Nov. 17, 2011 12:56 pm
There is no such thing as too many cookbooks! I especially love the older ones and had bought many from Ebay. And I use the old recipes. if not verbatim, as often as I use the newer ones here on AR. BTW, I saw your comment to King Sparta about looking for adobo seasoning, try looking near the international section of your market.
Nov. 17, 2011 12:57 pm
GoodFood-you can truly get lost in a book. There has been many a rainy/snowy day I have read a book. My husband is not going to be hungry for dinner because he is eating up the cookies.
Nov. 17, 2011 2:20 pm
thats a vintage cook book.
Nov. 17, 2011 6:25 pm
Gotta love old cookbooks. My Mom always made little notes as to who liked it our house.
Nov. 17, 2011 6:44 pm
Magnolia-I like the way your mom wrote the notes--to look back on that many years later would be so special.
Nov. 17, 2011 8:09 pm
Hi, I too collect cookbooks and was the proud recipient of my Dad's cookbooks and recipes (bags).
Nov. 17, 2011 8:46 pm
Linda, I'm sure you always think of him when you bring your Dad's cookbooks out.
Nov. 18, 2011 3:01 am
Lucky you! I love cookbooks; and to get one with handwritten notes on the side margins.... jackpot!! I have a couple of my grandmother's books like that and I treaure them. Just recently a cousin of mine posted on Facebook a Cornfritter recipe from his grandma's (my aunt) cookbook. It was one of those written recipes and it was actually our great grandma's recipe. I'm going to make them soon...
Nov. 18, 2011 5:41 am
Mother Ann to have a recipe from your Great Grandma is priceless! Enjoy the corn fritter.
Nov. 18, 2011 6:00 am
I have no old recipe books :( My mom's mother doesn't use recipes usually (I hope she has them written down somewhere though!) and if my dad's mother had any, I don't know who got them... my dad might have tossed them out since all I've heard him say about his mother's cooking is complaints about it! My aunt says she was a good baker though. I work for Citizenship and Immigration Canada and my department recently had a fundraiser where they were selling re-prints of "The Canadian Cookbook for British War Brides". I didn't buy it but looked it up online.. it seemed to be more information rather than recipes, and some seemed kind of silly to me. Like, it explained vegetables. I guess Canadians thought British people didn't know about veggies in the 1940s??
Nov. 18, 2011 6:55 am
Alex-if I you have the chance to get your mom's recipes-do so-you are so lucky. My mom passed away and she really didn't write a lot now we are guessing on how to make some of her main dishes. For some reason she only wrote down desserts--go figure. The Canadian Cookbook sounds more like a History Buff type book. I will have to check it out online--you have made me curious!
Nov. 25, 2011 9:48 pm
Lela, I have my mother's American Woman's Cook Book, 1942 edition with the color photo endpapers showing a tray of petit fours. We laugh about the recipe for Opossum Roast, pg 302. It's bad enough to get around the idea of eating a 'possum but the directions to scrape off the hair with a dull knife sort of takes away the appetite.
Nov. 26, 2011 3:56 am
Joan, that is funny. I am sure some people may still eat squirrels on p. 301.-Roast Squirrels. However, I just can't see myself doing that. Or choosing rabbits with soft ears and paws--as stiffness is a sign of age.
Dec. 4, 2011 12:00 pm
Lela, I even enjoy looking at the notes I've written through the years. In my Rival crockpot book I wrote many years ago how I met a "nice lady" at the store before Thanksgiving and she suggested the dressing recipe in the crockpot book and the changes she had made. The memory always makes me smile. I think cooks and gardeners are often the most generous of people. BTW I always keep some denture cleaning tablets in my junk drawer. I drop one into a used vase, fill with water and let it sit till water is clear. Rinse well. Comes out sparkling clean. You may have to chop it up or crush it to fit through a narrow opening. The cookie recipes sounds wonderful and I love the retro use of wax paper.
Dec. 7, 2011 6:19 pm
Brunosmom- Thanks for stopping by. My husband loved the cookies-reminded him of his childhood. Wow, what a wonderful memory and writing in the crockpot book. I love reading my MIL's notes. I like your denture cleaning tablets idea. I have a beautiful vase with a narrow neck and I can't get it clean. Clever!
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I enjoy cooking for our family sit down dinners. Although my kids are grown, we are a close family that enjoys 4-5 sit down dinners a week together. My family's favorite dinner is chicken enchiladas smothered in green chili. I have a passion for cooking, baking for the holidays and food photography.
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I am family oriented and spend time with my family enjoying meals. My favorite things to cook are Mexican food and any food my family asks me to cook. My family looks forward to home cooked Mexican food at least once a week and Italian food.
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I am on a journey to reclaim family recipes that were lost when the cooks in my family passed away. Cooking traditions are a major part of my passion for cooking. On Christmas Eve, we always had green chili and tamales. Cookie baking, lemon bars, pizzelles , and potica have been a must at Christmas as long as I can remember. My family looks forward to homemade pizza, when we gather as a family to decorate the Christmas cookies. Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without noodles and gravy piled high on mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and broccoli and rice casserole. On the 4th of July, there is the 4th of July Potato Salad that I make using 10 pounds of potatoes. Mexican Food is part of our weekly menu--green chili served over mashed potatoes or as a slopper (green chili poured over hamburgers.) I am always making tortillas for someone. They call my tortillas little white pieces of gold. Saturdays are Family night for dinner. It is the one day my kids can request a meal.
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Seeking help on the Buzz and the AR Blog has resulted in a few triumphs. I am extremely ecstatic about overcoming the yeast monster. I can now bake baguettes, focaccia and the best rolls in the world, my Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls.
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My first attempts at baking bread/rolls resulted in rock hard flat rolls. However, I am improving. Baking at High Altitude is somewhat of a challenge.
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