Who knew a dime-store recipe box circa 1960 would unleash a flood of memories? I heard from so many people, via comments and email. Some of them have the exact same box as Most Moisturized Mom (I knew it was mass-produced but I had no idea how mass-produced), some of them have some other fabulous piece of gas-station premium history, and some of them, poignantly, are looking for lost recipes or grieving lost boxes. The outpouring of recipe box love gave me an idea for a quick end-of-year contest/blog party. It’s not about knitting, but everybody eats. (“Meat and fish and cereal, carrots, peas and beets.”)
SHOW US YOUR RECIPE BOX! Won’t it be fun to see the recipe boxes come out of the cupboards, closets and attics?
There are two ways to enter:
1. Post a picture of your recipe box (binder, drawer, whatever) on your blog if you have one. Also post one recipe from the box. Then, post a comment to this post containing a link to your blog entry, so that I can find you and link to your recipe box. (Let’s review: post on your blog, comment on our blog with a link.)
2. If you don’t have a blog, or you don’t want to use option 1 (because you’re ornery I guess), send an email to me at bigbonegalAThotmailDOTcom, attaching a picture of your recipe box (binder, drawer, whatever) and including a recipe from the box. (Please try to make the pictures a manageable size, i.e., not so big that I can see the molecules of your recipe box).
(Thanks, Erica, for the photo of your thrifting find!)
There will be prizes for best box (binder, drawer, whatever) and best recipe (“best” being highly subjective, of course), and probably for some other categories that will not occur to me until I see the entries. But the real prize, to be shared by all, will be the virtual recipe box (binder, drawer, whatever) that will be created. I’ll collect them all in one post and we can start off 2008 with some old-time cooking. Boiled dressing, anybody?
The deadline is Friday, January 4 at noon New York time. I will post the results as quickly as possible after that.
TIDYING UP YOUR BOX IS CHEATING. (We won’t know, but you will know.)
(Decoupaging your box, like Leta did, is encouraged.)
Let the rummaging begin!
PS Left to right: Aunt Clara, Grandma Mabel, Aunt Darlene. Working the cloche hats!