Friday, November 8, 2013

mom's recipe box

Who remembers their mother's or grandmother's recipe box? These were metal
 - sometimes wooden - boxes that held handwritten or typed recipes on recipe
cards or index cards. Women also cut out recipes from the newspaper and
 stuck them in-between recipe cards. I had to explain to Tim (my 22-year old
son) what a recipe box was, as he'd never even seen one.

I asked my mom if she had a vintage recipe box and she said she
still had hers from when I was a kid. I was surprised she still had it.
 I was born in the early 60's, but this box looks to me like it's from the 70's.
The rust and food splotches attest to its age and how much it was used.


Look how cool this is inside ~ all these loved recipes nestled in the box.
It's just not the same to look at a Pinterest board these days, is it?
I had so much fun going through all these recipes and seeing what kinds
of foods were popular back in the 70's. It was also heartwarming to see
recipes from elderly family members and ladies from our church, some
who have passed away now.


Check out the typed (on a typewriter!) recipe card for Chop Suey - and how
the recipe calls for oleo. You're vintage like me if you remember what oleo is. ;-)
 

Remember my post at the end of October (see here) about my great-aunt, 
Sylvia? I found one of her recipes. Look at that beautiful handwriting.


And a recipe my mom wrote out...how cute is this recipe card?


I didn't want to keep the entire recipe box, so I kept a couple of recipes
and gathered a few others I had from Brian's mom. I wanted to do something
 with them in a creative way, but I wasn't sure exactly what. So I put a piece of 
cork board on the side of my kitchen cabinet and hung the recipes up there, along
 with a vintage cookbook cover. I like the idea, but it looks too boring.


I think I could add crisscross ribbon to the board and stick recipes under the 
ribbon. Any other ideas?


Happy weekend!


28 comments:

  1. How nice to have this recipe box! I have some things like this from my husband's family but sadly, people in my own family either didn't do things like this or didn't keep them. I'm glad his did though. I actually have a post planned soon about an old cookbook they gave me. I wish I had a good suggestion for displaying the recipes; I like the idea of a bulletin board with ribbon. I love those and I have one in my new desk/crafty area and one in my daughter's room. I like that you can really cram a lot of stuff on there and if you run out of space under a ribbon, you can always use pins or tacks. I like how sewing pins with colorful heads look on them. Thanks for sharing this treasure!

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    1. It'll be interesting to see your post on the cookbook. I think the ribbon on my bulletin board will make it look a lot nicer.

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  2. Oh what treasures!! I'm lucky enough to have both of my grandmother's recipe boxes and all the handwritten recipes! I even have both of their rolling pins.

    I think it would be darling to do a criss cross ribbon baord there.

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Leann

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    1. How awesome that you have both of your grandmother's recipe boxes and rolling pins!

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  3. How sweet that you have the old recipes and in their well loved/used condition.

    My mother did not have a recipe box because she was the World's Worst Cook. I am #2 having inherited her non-cooking genes. I am a great baker though.

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    1. Too funny about your mom not being a good cook and that you inherited that gene. ;-) Hey, at least your husband cooks...and with your baking skills, it all works out!

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  4. You have got a great idea there but I think you need to bring the cork board up a notch. You could make one of those memory boards with some cute fabric and ribbon? Maybe you could even cover it with some beautiful paper from your scrapbook stash?

    Debbi

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    1. Good idea about covering the bulletin board with scrapbooking paper, too! I might just do that instead of the ribbon. Will have to play around with it.

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  5. Hi Melanie,

    I so enjoyed seeing those recipe cards and your aunt Sylvia's handwriting is one of the prettiest and neatest I have ever spotted, (trust me, I've seen some scratchy stuff, being an ESL tutor!). Anyway, I'm gonna have to rain on your parade here, and disagree with the bulletin board, ribbons and all. Why? Well, to me, that recipe box, ITSELF, with all its nostalgic treasures, is art in itself, and personally, I would simply display it somewhere where it will be used. Every time it is opened, either to honour the person by creating their dish, or just to leaf through over a cup of coffee, it will bring back pages of memories in my book of life!

    Happy weekend!

    Poppy

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    1. I agree with you about the recipe box but I gave it back to my mom. She still displays it. :-)

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  6. FUN POST! :) I remember recipe boxes. I had one for awhile as a young married...a green box. Later on I got 'organized' and made a binder which I still have...it had magazine clippings and then some of the older recipes on cards from my grandmother, etc ! :)

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    1. I think it's awesome that you have a recipe binder. Hang on to it and pass it down to someone in your family who will cherish it!

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  7. P. S. Most of the ladies back then had beautiful handwriting. They taught cursive in school in those days and I think the teachers used to be very strict about how the kids formed their letters. My MIL had the most beautiful handwriting. My grandpa and my dad were left handed and that was almost a no-no when they were in school.

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    1. Yes, they used to try and force left-handed kids to write right-handed back then - awful! And yes, cursive was taught very strictly. Now it's on its way out - they're not even teaching it anymore.

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  8. I have my mom's recipe box with handwritten recipe cards from her bridal shower, which includes my great grandmothers' as well as my grandmothers' handwriting. I consider it a treasure. Awhile back I thought I might frame some of the cards, and I think Barb did that for her newly remodeled kitchen. With your bulletin board, I'd use burlap and twine rather than fabric and ribbon. I think it looks more vintage. However you decide to display your cards, they'll be a special spot in your kitchen!

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    1. You certainly do have a treasure with your mom's recipe box! Framing the cards is another great ideas. Burlap and twine on the bulletin board would look great, but I'm looking to add some color to that area, plus I'm not much of a burlap fan. Brown burlap would fade into the brown cabinet just like the bulletin board. I need to jazz it up a bit!

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    2. I kind of knew you wouldn't go for the burlap, but had to throw it out there. LOL. What about decorating the black clips with scrapbook paper, and maybe using embellished tacks or push pins - some brightly colored buttons or glass beads glued to the tops of thumbtacks would be pretty. I look forward to seeing what you choose to do!

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    3. Thanks for all your ideas, Tammy!

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  10. I still have and use a recipe box, a metal one that Jimmy and Nina painted and added some rub in stickers to way back in our home schooling days.
    My mo does not cook much anymore but she has quite a recipe card collection and she moved them to a really long wooden box that is just the right width for cards.

    I think that is funny Tim did not know what a recipe card box was.

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    1. That is so cool that you still use a recipe box!

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  11. I love, love, love old recipe collections. Such a beautiful and intriguing piece of personal and social history. I like to imagine people making and eating those dishes, and what their lives were like at the time. You are so lucky to have this little box.

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    1. I agree! I can't wait to make my great-aunt's pork tenderloin recipe that I have on my board.

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  12. My mom wasn't one that cooked a lot and I don't remember her having a recipe anything

    I think the bulletin board backed with some fun paper and ribbon cross ties would be a good way to display the recipe yet keep them accessible in case you want to use them.

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  13. Melanie,
    I love your recipe box and I have an vintage one as well-with very old treasured recipes with my sweet Mommas handwriting. You know it makes me feel even closer to her when I read the words that she wrote-so yes, I am in agreement with you there is nothing like the real thing! We are both so fortunate to have our treasured recipe boxes!

    Hugs,
    jemma

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  14. Very cute! I recently bought the similar kind of 4x6 recipe cards from http://triflerecipecards.com/.

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