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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Kitchen Memories

I've been doing a lot of work in the kitchen lately, what with counters being painted, walls prepped, etc. This little recipe box is one I see many times a day, and I've become so used to it being a part of my kitchen.

It belonged to my Grandmother. She died in 1994, exactly one month before my beautiful Katie was born. She was 86. My Dad brought it to me about six years ago, before he moved to Charlotte. It means so much to me to have and use this special little box of memories. I love the vintage graphics on it, and the pastels that were quite the rage when this box was new.

Inside, I've added many of my own recipes. But I'm rather lazy about them. I prefer to cut them from magazines, or print them off the web. Handwriting them is a pain to me!

It is so special to me to have so many recipes Grandmother wrote out. And to see that she was just like me, cutting them from the paper or a magazine!

I love these two - one from my Mom in her handwriting (Taco Salad), and one from Grandmother, (Chicken Corn Chowder) in her handwriting. They shared a love of cooking and often shared recipes through the mail. Seeing my Grandmother's handwriting brings back so many memories.

Grandmother was quite the entertainer. I have several gelatin molds she used for fancy-schmancy molded salads at her bridge luncheons. Check out this recipe...

Frankly, I'm glad those have gone out of vogue! Not a fan of gelatin, y'all!

Here are a few more:

And here is one from an English great-great-great Aunt!

I don't use most of the recipes in Grandmother's recipe box, but I can't bear to part with them, either. Just knowing they are there is comforting to me!

So now I'm curious. Where do you keep your treasured recipes?  Who gave you your most treasured recipe?


  1. This is so cool. I love that you have her old recipe box. So special. When I moved out of my parent's house I typed up all of my favorite recipes my mom has in her many books and boxes. I still have them in a three ring binder. But I love the handwritten ones that my husband has from his grandma. So special to have them written out in their handwriting.

  2. I love this post! I found your blog through your comment on my similar blog post over at Paisley Cupcake. In just the last few weeks, I've heard countless stories about grandmother recipe collections. It's apparently much more universal than I knew!

    I'm excited to see what you come up with next!

  3. Thanks so much y'all!

    There is something so precious about having a handwritten recipe. Just looking at my Grandmother's familiar, spidery handwriting takes me back to the summers I spent with Grandmother & Papa in Orlando. Keeping this sweet little box in my kitchen keeps her on my mind often.

    I really appreciate y'all stopping by to comment! : ) Happy weekend!


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