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  • Marion Cunningham’s cookbook!!! Just think, the Fonz has eaten that food!

  • I bow down to your ability to link.
    You do realize you are well on your way to the Mason Dixon Community cookbook, version 2008?

  • Congrats to the winners! All of these recipes have made me hungry!

  • wow. Exhaustive coverage! Should have titled it “What If I Gave A Contest and Everyone Came” .
    PS. Beg to disagree, missy, I like the blueberry Goop.

  • OK, I’m counting 112 recipes. I’m going to make this my new year’s resolution: to make them all. It’s going to be like Julie and Julia, except with more powdered whipped cream. Anybody else in on this?
    Kay, I will never ever wever be able to come up with a blog post of this magnitude. I bow before your greater blogginess.
    x0x0 A.

  • My mother was a neatness and organization dynamo. You know these reality shows these days, where professionals go in and rediscover someone’s garage or spare bedroom? She put those people to SHAME.
    When she passed away, I took all her recipe boxes and cook books, but didn’t look at them for quite a while because it was too depressing. Last year, I needed an old family recipe (corn casserole, ha) for Thanksgiving, and finally cracked open Mom’s recipe boxes. (She had three – one for family recipes, one for recipes she’d cooked and liked, and one for recipes she wanted to try.)
    They’re alphabetized. By section, and then, within each section, EACH RECIPE WAS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER. I got a little misty over it; how classically, perfectly Mom.
    Thanks for holding this contest and bringing back some good memories.

  • Wow! Congrats to the winners! And having baked the brown bread in the coffee can before, it is okay…as long as you don’t REUSE the coffee can!

  • Wow! This post must have taken DAYS to write. thank you so much for taking the time to give us all these delicious recipes!

  • Seriously, if “macrame” is pronounced “MACK ra may”, in the interest of consistency, it should be MACK a bray. Or we need to start calling our plant holders ma-CRAHM.

  • …and Ann is making list “tsk tsk” noises, thinking that if you hadn’t THROWN this party without her permission in her absence, you wouldn’t have had to type your fingers to the bone CLEANING UP from it!
    Cool stuff, though (but then the folks who come to the illicit parties are always happy, aren’t they?).

  • Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! for sharing all that recipe-box goodness!
    And I think a Mason-Dixon Recipe Book is a fantastic idea. (You’re halfway there already.)

  • My Hoosier and I thank you for the honor! And, I did post pictures of my recipe box, which turned up full of index cards holding yarn information!
    I think I need to take more pictures of the Hoosier(s)–yes, I have two. The other one was used as a desk by my husband!

  • Not only do I remember 1-2-3 Jello, but there is a family story involving it.
    When my parents were first dating, my father cooked dinner for my mother. For dessert, he made 1-2-3 Jello. In order to make it layer, you were supposed to beat it with a hand mixer on low, then medium, then high. Unfortunately, he didn’t own a mixer. So, he mixed it with a wooden spoon, and tried very, very hard to whip it really hard. Apparently, he ended up with regular Jello with a very thin layer of the medium texture. Can you blame my mom for marrying him?
    When Jello put out 1-2-3 Jello again a few years back, he of course found a box of it in his Christmas stocking.

  • What fun it’s been! Great contest…I wish I could’ve found Mom’s box in the packed boxes from her place in time…
    (((hugs)))

  • Dang! I didn’t submit a recipe, because I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to use (and my main personal cookbook I hand wrote recipes from magazines and books, so it’s a little boring).

  • Wow. I feel like I’m part of something really awesome. I’m with you, Ann. As soon as I get back to own kitchen from this vacation one, I’ll be strolling through this post to make, hmm, let’s see, tuna wriggle maybe. Probably tastes great but has an unfortunate name. Thanks, Kay. Now go rest your mouse finger.

  • Holy cow woman, do you ever sleep? Knitting, blogging, recipe-tracking? …haven’t thought of Jello 1-2-3 in years. Used to be a special treat–and I didn’t realize it had been re-released! I think I am going to kidnap my mom’s recipe box next time I go home…it has been really fun wading through all these recipes.

  • I have that book, and I can tell you it is a must. (I have some of her other must haves too. Wait a minute did she publish any cookbooks that are not musts? – I’m a big fan)
    You absolutely must try the Custard Filled Cornbread recipe. You must.

  • What a relief to know that I am not the only person in the world who would write a recipe on an empty matchbook cover and then keep it for 40 years. Just looking at all these greasy, half-legible old scraps “makes me feel good about myself.” I don’t think you have just a cookbook here – I think it’s a new Reality TV series.
    I’m sure you had no idea what this would become when you started, but I sincerely thank you! And I wish my grandmothers could see it.

  • This was amazing to have the recipes all in one place.. I had planned on slowly going through the comments to try to find all the recipes.. this will help SO MUCH!
    I so remember 1,2,3 Jello and had mentioned that to someone just the other day and we had a giggle over our childhood and wondered what else used to be an ‘everyday’ staple in our lives that just suddenly stopped being produced.
    For instance.. I remember eating ‘Val-O-Milk’ candy bars, when I was a kid.. but, on my yearly visits to the states.. do not see that candy anywhere. Do they still make it?

  • I am so jealous! I want to inherit such lovely little gems!

  • Thanks for the memories! Jello reigned supreme at my family picnics. There was green, purple, yellow, orange, blue and red and in 1976, red, white & blue. There was jello with shaved carrots, with cole slaw with out the dressing, with nuts, with cinnamon red hots, with mini marshmallows. All at the same table. Every aunt had her own secret recipe. Except Aunt Betty – she was in charge of the baked beans.

  • Hey Kay! You will get a kick out of this website:
    Chef Andy’s Jello Pages: http://www.chefandy.com/
    it’s hilarious!

  • Hey Jeannie in Korea – VermontCountryStore.com has valomilks, and a whole bunch of other forgotten stuff – Zero Bar, anybody? How about Freshen-up, “the gum that goes squirt”?

  • Nothing to do with the post, or the boxes, or the recipes…
    What came first, the chicken or the egg, the blanket, or the tapestry?
    http://www.buttonedup.com/index.pl/ehrman_tapestry_page_3
    Look about 3/4 of the way down…
    (Someone else may well have noticed this already, but I just noticed it today. And yes, I think it’s a good thing.)

  • Congrats ladies, what lovely gifts!
    And what a unique and interesting bit of history and culture through the boxes and the recipes!
    When we moved off island a few years back we downsized to just 40 beer boxes for 3 people (and half of those were my craft room!) It was very liberating and suprising how much we did not miss in the 4 months things stayed in storage. We have tried to keep things un cluttered since…lol, doing semi -ok with that! Hubby tried to get rid of my old old wooden dove tailed recipe box when we moved, he didn’t understand at first just how cool it is!(i bought it almost 25 years ago at an estate sale for 1.)

  • that first recipe box should have said, “never underestimate the power of a good woman.”…..YOU!!!, kay!!!

  • Oh, my. Rarely has there been such a labor of food-ish love in a blog before. What a gift you’ve given to everyone!
    Now go lie down. You deserve it!

  • All those recipes were the best thing I’ve read in a long time! Wow.

  • Oh! I loved Jello 1-2-3! Especially the “2”! And my ex-mother-in-law’s special occasion cake was “Jello Poke Cake,” where you poured runny jello all over a baked cake, then frosted it with Dream Whip. It was actually pretty good!

  • Nothing ** I repeat NOTHING! short of amazing. It’s absolutely wonderful, and for those of us who are Of a Certain Age, all the pictures and recipes doubtless brought back memories. I remember standing at our kitchen table – it was enamel-topped, and watching. I could NEVER make proper knishes, I’m sure, because I do not have The Table. To one and all (and mostly you) — ThANK YOU!

  • This is just in time to honor Peg Bracken, of the I Hate to Cook Cookbook. Just saw her in the people who died this year issue of the NYT magazine. Seeing her red lipsticked self made me miss my mother and aunts.

  • You are the linking queen! Amazing! The recipe purse makes me drool – and I HOPE Suzanne gets back to you with the anise cookie recipe (I LOVE me some anise!)

  • I’m with Ann: I think they all deserve to be reproduced. What bounty of Americana (gotta love the Hoosier Cabinets). Gobsmacked and honored and hoping that I have enough time this weekend to follow everyone of your delicious links.

  • Kay, that was a tour de force of a contest as well as a post! I had no recipe or box to submit. Oh, my mother had all kinds of recipes and notes made in beat-up cookbooks (a Betty Crocker cookbook and a book of recipes from ladies in the parish were most used), but as I am not a cook I did not get those from her stash. Have you ever been invited to participate in one of those email recipe swaps? Every time I get one I include my standard recipe: “Whatever my husband cooks is fine with me.” Honestly, we got all sorts of cookbooks as wedding gifts, and my husband is the only one who uses them. He’s a marvelous cook. I’m a great eater. What a perfect marriage! πŸ™‚

  • I would like to try the Mason Dixon version of Julia and Julia by trying all the recipes posted. My Mom did have a recipe box, but a drawer in the kitchen, where higgly piggly she would just toss newspaper clippings, recipes she would jot down from the midday news show. My sister just sent me the family recipe for raisen filled cookies – I felt as though I got a piece of history. Its written in pencil on paper that used to be white, now very brown with age.
    My husband wooed me with a Valentine’s gift of a Hooiser cabinet. We got married 10 months later.

  • This was great fun! Congrats to the winners and a big thanks for throwing this party. This has got to be one of the biggest recipe fests ever! Just getting a reminder of how much I (and mom) loved Jello 1-2-3 was great. Off to the kitchen!

  • I didn’t participate, but I am enjoying the fruits of your labor! BTW, I loved 1-2-3 Jello…and cannot think why it is not still offered πŸ™ My ex-hubby thought I was a genius every time I made it (guess we know he was not…a genius, that is πŸ™‚

  • Meant to enter the contest, but “stuff” got in the way. Here’s 2 recipes for you anyway.
    Crunchy Cranberry Relish – 1 bag of cranberries, 6 oranges, 6 apples. Core the apples and oranges, wash the cranberries in a pan of water and get rid of the bad ones. Run everything through a food processor to chop it. Add 1/3 – 1/2 cup of sugar depending on how sweet you want it. Optional – 1/3 C brandy. If you use the brandy, drain the fruit mix first. Serve over ice cream, pound cake, or eat plain!
    Mexican Meatballs – 1 1 lb bag of frozen meatballs, 1 pkg taco seasoning (mild/medium/hot-your choice) 1 8 oz container of sour cream, 1 onion, 1 cup mushrooms/sliced, 1 Tblsp oil/butter for browning the mushrooms & onions. 1/2 cup beef broth. Chop/slice the onions and mushrooms and brown them in saute pan with oil/butter, add the taco seasoning and beef broth, and meatballs. Cover and simmer until meatballs are heated/cooked through. Take off heat and stir in the sour cream. Serve over noodles or rice or toast. Enjoy.

  • Seriously, I have some door prizes for your next cooking related contest. I will send them to you. I must send them to you. Many odd vintage cookbooks that I need to divest myself of, I’ve been trying to find the right home for them for ages. Titles such as “365 Ways to Cook Hamburger” and the United Nations Cookbook. mmm.

  • That was one cool post–now I need to find the time to read it all. Just think of how many recipe boxes it would take to hold all those recipes.

  • fun fun event
    lots of misty memories
    food i remember- jello
    and thank you for the
    cranberry relish- i dearly
    for one of my sitters who
    made it – my mother
    frozen cranberry ice
    no spam – can not go
    with out spam-bake
    as it were ham
    with brown sugar
    crushed pineapple
    baked in the oven
    fried up in the pan
    and seven minute frosting

  • Wow, I never realized how many knitting bloggers were out there with such an amazing passion for knitting! Thanks for sharing all the great links, photos, and very fun commentary! I ordered Lost Recipes from Amazon, can’t wait to have some mail next week! Its so great to experience a wonderful sense of community with other knitters through your blog, I really appreciate all the time, thought, and care that you put into every post. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talents, stories, and most of all, thanks for all the wonderful visual treats!

  • I am in total awe with all the linkage and posts that you went through. If anyone really goes through all of them (I admit to skipping around a bit) they will find that the link to mine is wrong (a repeat of the one before me, that copying and pasting can make you loopy). Anyway my link for the real die hards is http://threadsfromkaren.blogspot.com/2007/12/recipe-box.html
    I don’t think it’s an Ohio Art box, on the bottom it says “Syndicate Mfg. Co, Phoenixville, Penna. Surprisingly enough “The Feminist Knitter” sorry I don’t have time to find the link has the exact same box.

  • oy. what a delicious post, kay! am also loving the matchy-matchy box/cloth/book sets. fabu. and all the posting since the beginning of 2008! making me downright giddy. xoxo happiest of new years

  • Suzanne’s Mom’s recipe “purse” looks like an authentic Enid Collins of Texas box bag! Love it.
    Read more about Enid here: http://www.coololdstuff.com/EnidCollins.html

  • I think this post will give me a whole year’s worth of checking out links! What fun!

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