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  • Oh how fun! I don’t have a blog so will have to e-mail you a photo. I love sharing recipes it is always so fun to see new recipes or old ones I have forgotten about.

  • I love the cloche hat photo. The hat in the previous post is pretty fab too !
    I really enjoy it when you get a bit nostalgic and sentimental. The memories that tie you to people and places. Beautiful.

  • Can I just take a picture of the three bookshelves in my kitchen (yes, I had bookshelves put in my kitchen, just for cookbooks) filled with cookbooks, and binders full of recipes?

  • What a great idea to jumpstart the bloggy new year! I’ll get back to you when I post. No tidying up allowed, huh? Phew.

  • I treasure all the recipe cards, cookbooks with hand-written recipes, recipe clippings that I inherited from my mother. You will find photos of one of the cookbooks here:
    I often refer to this cookbook when I make preserves or want to recreate a special dish from my past.

  • i see lots of grandma mabel in carrie!

  • FANTASTIC!!!! I love it — everybody eats! Everybody is a winner! This is the most exciting contest yet to come along for 2008.
    Reminds me of the signs on “car row” that are supposed to encourage one in one of one’s most discouraging moments. It goes something like this: Bad credit . . . no credit . . . $500 down . . . everybody rides! Ha! Everybody eats!
    2008 is already looking like a winner! Thanks!!

  • I love this – I am always looking for new things to feed my family. I’ll be watching and hoping for some new recipes I want to try. I just posted my recipe binder and an award-winning family recipe here http://www.shellykang.com/2007/12/recipe-box.html – It is unbelievably good!

  • Great idea.
    As an aside, I was at Biltmore House this week in Asheville, NC. The houses original kitchen – wow. The way they did things then vs now – I’m thankful for my conveniences for sure!

  • I’ve started a blog where I’m posting my family recipies. I don’t have the heirloom recipe box, my mom does. Here’s a link… http://km-kitchen.blogspot.com/ I’ll try to get a photo from my mom so I can enter.

  • OMG, boiled dressing? My best friend’s mother makes that…it’s been years since I’ve tasted that. I will be sending you an e-mail. My lovely husband just gave me a beautiful new recipe box for Christmas since my old one was overflowing. And he gave me two new cookbooks as well since I, like a poster above, have SHELVES upon SHELVES of cookbooks – I lost count of how many I have. I read them like fiction!

  • I’ve added my “recipe box” and recipe. Hope you like it!

  • here you go … hope this works! and thanks a bunch for doing this –

  • My recipie box is my grandma’s brain- she’s still kicking. I actually picked it this weekend for a frosting recipie for what we call Sugar Cake- a white cake that has a thick, sugary frosting that has a bit of a crunch on the outside that keeps the inside moist and soft. (Small children will adore this). I can’t post a pic of Grandma without her permission, but I can share a beloved piece of our Sunday dinners.
    Sugar Cake Frosting:
    shortening (she doesn’t measure- I would say maybe half a cup or so? A good dollop)
    Almond extract- a small amount, probably less than a teaspoon
    one pound of confectioner’s sugar (!)
    dash salt
    water to thin as needed
    cream the shortening, adding in the sugar with the salt. add a small amount of almond extract. thin with water as needed.
    Yield: frosting for one two-layer cake (usually white and a box mix is just fine in this case!)
    Vanilla can be a substitute for the almond, and milk can stand in for water for different tastes. Delicious!

  • You know, I’m sitting here, 3000 miles from my mom, and I’m not sure she has a recipe box. I know she’s got this way old cookbook, and there are a bunch of recipe cards stuck in there – some are definitely her mom’s writing too. I’d call her and ask more about it, but she’s also 3 time zones away, and 11 p.m. in CA is 2 a.m. in Virginia, and I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t appreciate it. 😉
    Probably tomorrow though. I’ll try to get my dad to take some pictures of it and send them to me. 🙂

  • Here’s my entry… and a nice southern dessert recipe written in my grandmother’s own handwriting. *She was a school teacher too- but, had much better handwriting than I have.

  • Um. I don’t have a recipe box. I feel so ashamed.

  • Um. I don’t have a recipe box. I feel so ashamed.

  • What a great idea! I love trying out new recipes, now I have to do a bit of blog stalking through your comments. Thanks for this contest!

  • I think this contest will yield some interesting posts, photos, and recipes. Thanks for the great idea. Here is my entry:

  • i do not have a box
    memories only
    seven minutes iceing
    a custard called float
    with dropped whipped
    egg whites on top
    of the warm custard
    whipped cream with a can
    of herhsy syrup very cold
    two layers of sponge cake
    from a and p –spread the
    mixture between layers
    on top and sides
    24 hours in the ice box
    my mom wore the same outfits
    cloud biscuts from my aunt helen
    the roll down you stocking girls

  • What a fun idea! It’s always a treasure to find old handwritten recipe collections at thrift stores & the like. Can’t wait to see everyones submissions!
    Here’s my entry:

  • Lots of fun, here’s mine
    Karen in Bellngham, WA

  • Thanks for hauling me out of lurkerdom and reacquainting me with my own blog, sadly neglected for months. Here’s my contest entry (a sure winner!) Kay, you might have to create some categories for the contest, as this one is probably in a class by itself. http://berrysmom.blogspot.com/

  • This is so fantastic! Here’s my blog entry. I couldn’t choose just one recipe, so I blogged 2 (do I get extra credit?).
    I can’t wait to read all the other entries!

  • Here is my recipe. Enjoy

  • Wow, I hadn’t been into that recipe box in a while. I had to go find it first. Photo and recipe posted to my blog at
    I don’t know how to make that a link. I’m not much of a computer geek. Good thing Blogger makes it simple for me!

  • Oops I initially left my comment on the wrong post, sorry. Clearly I was carried away by the photos of the lovely vintage recipe boxes.
    Here is a photo of my recipe box:
    I posted the recipe for a lentil soup, which I still make frequently.
    I am looking forward to seeing photos of other people’s recipe boxes!

  • I’m looking forward to all of the recipes and boxes (corners, bookshelves, and closets – he he he). I have a cookbook corner (long outgrown the recipe box). I have some unusual little booklets that I photographed that came from my great-grandmother as well as an old recipe for a jelly roll. Thanks for this motivation to dig around in them…

  • My blog is really new so I haven’t posted much. But this was too fun to not take part

  • If you’ve got a messiest prize, I’m in the running.

  • Love the pix of the recipe boxes! Unfortunately, mine is not very vintage. My very vintage one was destroyed by water damage about a decade ago and I substituted a replacement “freebie” that was a promotion with Celestial Seasonings (I think!) tea sales. It has served me well, but now bulges to the point it won’t close nicely.
    In it one can find many old family recipes including one for lemon cookies made with ammonia — yes, ammonia. We believe it is over 100 years old as our Great Great Aunt used it since she was a young woman and she died at the age of 104 in the early 1980s.
    Find it at twinset.us in my December 31st post. Twin Set is a blog “ala Mason-Dixon” wherein my twin sister and I chat, so if Ellen posts today also, just find my post to find the recipe and photo of my substitue recipe box!
    Ciao! Jan

  • Hi there, my entry is the December 31st blog post.

  • The avocado green plastic box still lives with my Momma, but she’s been working on filling my own recipe box with duplicate recipes. I posted about my love for her cookbook too:

  • Here’s mine 🙂
    Really fun seeing everybody’s recipe boxes and recipes. Your grandma and aunties are so adorable in their cloches.

  • Thank you so much for this suggestion! I had just put my recipe box back in the pantry, after having used it for holiday baking!
    Here’s my entry:
    Mary Anne

  • Here’s my recipe box and recipe:
    Neither one gets much use these days because we live in DiabetesLand, but oh, the memories… the warm, sweet, sugary memories….

  • woops–here’s the correct url for my entry.
    Mary Anne

  • really, HERE is the correct url for my entry:
    Mary Anne

  • I don’t have a recipe box, although my mom’s side of the family DOES have a family cookbook. No picture, sorry; it’s a small, black 3-ring binder with xerox copies of old family recipes, none of which I think I’ve ever actually consumed. I am, however, steadily building up a repertoire of my own favorite recipes, many of which exist only in my brain. So, I just wanted to share this cream puff recipe (I put it in my ‘url’ box.) Okay, it’s from allrecipes. A couple years ago, for a high school french class, we had to make french food, so I made cream puffs. Little did I know… that this would become my legendary signature recipe. Seriously. It involves pudding mix, but they’re so good. So I’m spreading the gospel of the allrecipes cream puffs because people cannot BELIEVE you made them and yet it is like one of the easiest things I know how to make.
    (I know that, since I don’t have a picture, that means I’m not eligible for the contest… but I really wanted to share this recipe.)

  • After seeing a couple of people post their recipes boxes out of the blue, I got curious and found this show and tell. Here it’s my recipe collection: http://sade.sadevil.org/blog/2008/01/01/recipe-box/ and down there a couple recipes as well.

  • Oh boy, recipes! Here’s my MIL’s famous Never Fail Coffee Cake. Mmm, makes me drool just thinking about it. Can’t wait to see the rest.

  • I had to start my own heirloom recipe box.

  • What fun…I ran off and found my mom’s recipe box and took the pictures and posted before I even finished reading your post! I’m looking forward to visiting everyone’s memories…
    Here’s mine: http://twopointysticks.blogspot.com/2008/01/recipe-boxes.html

  • I have posted about my Grandma Ingrid’s recipe binder here:
    Happy New Year!

  • Well, this was irresistible, as I also have my Grandma Mabel’s recipe box! You can see it on my blog at http://kspoeringtapestries.blogspot.com/
    K Spoering

  • Here is my entry. Noting old or cool or purchased from anyplace cool. Just what I have and use. 😀

  • What an interesting Show and Tell. I can’t wait to see the boxes and recipes other share.
    Two generations of Recipe Boxes on my blog.

  • I have to admit that this was too much fun to pass up.
    Here’s a link to my post: http://geekweaver.blogspot.com/2008/01/recipe-box-contest.html
    I hope you get a lot more entries before the deadline!

  • I have my grandmother’s recipe box. It’s a bit of a mess and I never cook anything from it, but I do love it.
    Note to y’all: I am making a Nina shawl, finally, out of yarn that I bought at Knit Nouveau at your book signing there forever ago. Time flies and I had to order more of each color of Cotton Fleece (Brown’s Sheep) plus two extras! I am not a wool fan, but the 80/20 cotton/wool combo is divine and it’s knitting up beautifully.
    Happy New Year!

  • I have my grandmother’s recipe box. It’s a bit of a mess and I never cook anything from it, but I do love it.
    Note to y’all: I am making a Nina shawl, finally, out of yarn that I bought at Knit Nouveau at your book signing there forever ago. Time flies and I had to order more of each color of Cotton Fleece (Brown’s Sheep) plus two extras! I am not a wool fan, but the 80/20 cotton/wool combo is divine and it’s knitting up beautifully.
    Happy New Year!

  • I have posted my recipe box pics.
    “It’s not decoupaged, but it is glitter-glued.”

  • I posted about my mother’s and grandmother’s recipe “boxes”. When I tried to post a link my comment never showed up. But here’s the url (fingers crossed):

  • I posted about my box today. It was a bit bitterwsweet to remember it’s heyday, but today is a good day for reflection, isn’t it? The link is: http://cygknit.blogspot.com/2008/01/under-wire.html
    I didn’t realize it at the time, but I also blogged a finished Baby Bib O’ Love, too. I guess it was Mason-Dixon day at my house 🙂

  • Thanks so much for giving me a reason to take out my grandma’s recipe box and cookbooks. It was fun to take a good look at them and see what was in the box. It had been in my kitchen for such a long time but I’d never really examined it. When I venture out of my cookbooks I use my mom’s recipes.

  • I have to say that reacquainting myself with some old recipes is not so good for the de-tox!
    I have to say that reacquainting myself with some old recipes is not so good for the de-tox!

  • oops! forgot the link (the toxins are clouding my brain)

  • In.

  • What fun!
    My perhaps 30-year-old recipe binder is featured in today’s blog post, as well as a gratuitous kid shot (well, not entirely gratuitous, you’ll see!):
    My mother, however, has the Really Old Recipe Box, with old newspaper clippings and grandma’s and great-grandma’s recipes, as well as the Household Searchlight cookbook from the early 30s that was my great-uncle’s.

  • Okay, my recipe collection is featured on today’s post at http://mehitabelsmusings.blogspot.com/2008/01/dear-ann-and-kay.html
    If I can find my actual recipe boxes (yeah, two, big family!) before the end of the contest I’ll include those too, but for now this is what we use. The daughters included recipes from several generations of our family as well as favorites from their sibs-in-laws’ families. I’ve seen the books in use in everyone’s kitchens, too!

  • What fun to see everyone’s spot for recipes. I love some of the older vintage boxes. Can’t wait to see all the recipes.

  • Here is my recipe collections on my blog. http://pjbknit.typepad.com/pjbknit/2008/01/recipes.html
    It is such fun looking at the other recipe boxes!

  • Hi Hi!
    I put an entry to your contest on my blog, uberstrickenfrau.blogspot.com
    AND I DID NOT even attempt to ‘shine ‘er up’.heh.

  • Well, here’s mine, blabberfingers that I am…
    Enjoy! I sure enjoy your blog!

  • Well, here’s mine, blabberfingers that I am…
    Enjoy! I sure enjoy your blog!

  • I hate to cook and the stove doesn’t like me either. I do, however, have a recipe box. Since I enjoy reading you two all the time, it’s the least I could do to play along.

  • Great idea for a contest Kay… and I loved having a dig through the recipe pile.

  • i’m delurking to participate because i found such a charming recipe in my grandma’s book of cooking notes. the entry is in the last half of today’s post (http://knitspot.com/?p=528)

  • This was great to reminisce about my Mom whom I still miss very much even though she has been gone for almost 15 years now. Here is the link to my post…http://kybluegrassknitter.blogspot.com/2008/01/recipe-show-and-tell.html

  • Thanks for coming up with this great idea. I posted my Grandma’s recipe box here – http://majorknitter.typepad.com/major_knitter/2008/01/grandma-lois-re.html#comments – with a few recipes. I always feel connected to my Mom and grandmothers when I make some of their family favorite recipes.

  • Okie dokie, my entry is posted on my blog…gulp, for all the world to see…
    Thanks for the contest, I can’t wait to see everyone’s entries.

  • What a great idea, how cool is that! You guys are AWESOME! Can’t wait to see the winners and all the photos!

  • What a great contest idea! I have several ‘recipe receptacles’ but I’ve posted a picture of my handwritten recipe book on my blog with a recipe that is a favorite of my husband’s!
    I can’t wait to see all the recipes posted all together! Yum!

  • I posted my mom’s recipe box today along with a recipe for Sour Cream Coffee Cake. You can read it here http://caroleknits.knitblog.com/archives/2008/01/#a000656
    Thanks, Ann and Kay! This was fun!

  • Oh, what a wonderful idea! I cannot wait to see all the results, even if your scheme sends ebay recipe boxes sky-high. (Which it may: Economies, beware the might of Mason-Dixon Knitting!)
    Like some other readers, I have no box – only a couple binders. I marvel that recipes used to fit on a card – even my Grandma’s Christmas cakes fit on one card. A Martha fruitcake recipe? Not gonna fit on a card. Alas.

  • http://thekniterella.blogspot.com/2008/01/family-recipe-box.html
    What a great walk down our historical family lane this provoked.
    I’m diving in to look for more booze recipes!

  • What fun! No recipe boxes, drawers, binders or what have yous in my family, so I shared the Cookbook story and the recipe for Pineapple Upside Down Cake on my blog http://woolybuns.typepad.com

  • Here’s my great-grandma’s recipe box. My mom and I had a great time going through it!

  • What fun! Here’s mine-http://localegg.blogspot.com/2008/01/pour-some-sugar-on-me.html
    It’s filled half with recipes nicely written out on cards and half pages ripped from magazines or thigns scrawled on slips of paper.

  • What a fabulous contest idea! I wish I’d thought of it. :o)
    Here’s my post, and thanks!

  • Cool contest…photo and recipe on my blog:

  • Here’s my entry and blog post address:
    It’s so cool to see how different a simple “recipe box” can be. And, to see how different “favorite” recipes can be.

  • You can’t beat clugeons!! Here’s my entry

  • You can’t beat clugeons!! Here’s my entry

  • Screeching in at the last minute as usual,

  • My grandmother’s recipe ‘book”

  • Oh, I wish I had Grandma’s recipe box. Despite the fact that my recipe boxes are my own, I’ve posted their picture (and one of my cookbook collection), plus Grandma’s recipe for Molasses Crinkles on my blog at http://knittingrelaxesme.blogspot.com/2008/01/grandma-mabel-memorial-recipe-box-show.html (Hope that url works — I changed the title after I posted it, but it’s still using the original title in the url.)
    This is such a great idea! Thanks for doing it!

  • My mum posted her 43 year old recipe box and best recipe for Scottish shortbread, at my request.

  • Ok, i’ve got mine up. Liver, anyone?

  • This is so much fun. I don’t keep a recipe box–it would be a cluttered mess all over my kitchen. I like 3 ring binders. I also started a neat tradition of giving a new family recipe book to the newlyweds in our family.

  • This was a great trip down memory lane for me as I posted about my grandmother’s recipe boxes I inherited. Thanks!
    Here’s the link: http://knittymcpurlypants.blogspot.com/2008/01/grannys-recipe-box.html

  • My recipe box, from the seventies, is revealed on my blog. Back then I still pretended I could cook. Ha!

  • Just posted my recipe box pictures. My box is extremely ugly though! Will have to dig up pics of grammy… posted link to previous post showing her old cookbook and recipes that I inherited… What fun!

  • Love this idea, so here’s my post: http://homemadeoriginals.blogspot.com/2008/01/recipe-box-show-and-tell.html
    I have old recipe books that look alot like yours. I treaure the old family recipes. That’s why I decided to create the “favorite recipe” collections for my daughter and daughter in law. Looking forard to seeing what everyone submits!

  • A photo, a story, and a recipe (chocolate!) at the url below (it might work just to click on my name). Thanks Kay – great idea.

  • I just posted my grandma’s box — http://www.knitigator.typepad.com
    Great contest!

  • Loving the links, and adding my own —
    The old blog was full, so I had to start a new one!

  • this contest is so much fun! you can find my entry here:

  • Your post about your Grandma Mabel’s recipe box brought back many memories for me and inspired me to blog about it. Thanks so much!

  • My recipe drawer, unretouched, warts and all. It’s a bit embarrassing, really, but what’s a little mess between friends.

  • Thank you for the chance to remember some really good bakers and cooks from my family who have since passed on with this little contest. I’m really missing them all right now!
    And since it’s *only* 2:30am Southern California time, I do belive I’ve made it in under the deadline. Better late, than never!

  • opps..I think I should have posted this link: http://wishingiwasknitting.blogspot.com/2008/01/dear-kay-and-ann.html
    Guess I should go and get a bit of sleep now.

  • Here’s my entry for ugliest recipe box:

  • What fun to look at my recipes and write a post about them. I’ve got a lot of good eating in those recipes and a lot of memories too.

  • I don’t suppose you have a category for “youngest recipe collection” or maybe “recipe collections so small they aren’t big enough for a box”?
    Anyway, here’s my entry: http://saneknitting.blogspot.com/2008/01/recipe-whatever.html

  • First and foremost, I made the Never Fail Cake. I was concerned because it flies in the face of all I know about baking (cream sugar/fat, sift together dry ingredients, add alternately with liquids, etc.). But the cake is DELISH. Very moist, not dry like some chocolate cakes are. My hat is off to Grandma Mabel.
    Secondly, my contest entry is here:
    I can’t wait to see all the yumminess! 🙂

  • Here’s mine. What a great contest!

  • I posted mine! http://soupgirls.typepad.com/knittingtheblues/2008/01/recipe-box-cupb.html
    It will be fun to see all of the recipes that are shared.

  • Late to the party, and after the deadline, but hey, getting caught up can be like that. My mom gave me her recipes for Christmas, and I’ll put pictures up on my blog in the next day or so.

  • Well, I’ve written a little, but it’s not really a box. It’s a cabinet over my stove. Hmm. I think I’ll count it and update the entry with a picture. 🙂

  • Had to do some serious blog surgery today. My signature is the updated link — same post, but now it’s much further down the page, and I didn’t want everyone to have to search for it…