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?