A Visit with Grandma and Suzanne at Chickens in the Road blogged about old cookbooks and old recipes. I am not the collector Ilene is or my sis in Iowa, but over the years I have acquired quite a collection. I also got all of Mother's cookbooks and her handwritten recipes and newspaper clipped ones. They all bring back wonderful memories and bring tears to my eyes. Mother would write recipes down on any blank spot in her cookbooks, so to find a particular one isn't easy!
I had recently searched for old recipes for mincemeat and home rendering of lard and breakfast sausage. Between the old recipes, and kind people online sharing, I came up with what I think is delicious. I made meatless. I think it was the meat fibrous texture that I didn't like when Mom and Grandma made it. I made a half gallon and have used it all. I digress, sorry; one thing always sends my mind off on a tangent in another direction.
The point is that I had recently gone through a lot of these old cookbooks and recipes so they were fresh in my mind and when the other two blogged about theirs, I decided I would add mine too.
My aunt even gave me an old home curing recipe book from Morton Salt. It is such fun to read through them all. I have rendered lard twice now and have lots to do in the freezer. Yes, don't faint.....I cook with it; use it for home-made soap and suet cakes for the birds. The dangerous part of fats is the hydrogenation process they use for all vegetable oil shortenings.
The Symphony Cookbooks probably have more repeat recipes than some of the others. I have several from the Women's Missionary Union one too.
Mother was a great cook and really didn't follow recipes much. Dad always reminded me when they ate at our house that "it was good, but the real cook was Mom". Sort of a back-handed compliment.
I miss them both.