Hand-Me-Down Recipes

Enjoying recipes that have been handed down is always special. There is something so wonderful about a taste of a dish that brings lots of memories with it. The recipe above is from my grandmother, “Nan”. She was a very good cook who loved entertaining. This salad dressing is one of my favorites that I can still enjoy by just substituting agave for the honey. She always stuck a toothpick through the garlic clove so it wouldn’t pour out of the fancy bottle (more like a decanter) that she stored the dressing in. I love that this recipe is in her own handwriting.

This one is from my mom, who just turned 81. It veganizes beautifully, with the usual nondairy subs. The family favorite filling was apricot and I’ve included that recipe in my upcoming cookbook. My mom is an incredible baker. One of my favorite childhood memories is the cookie trays my mom, sister and I made for everyone my dad worked with and all our neighbors and friends. We’d each pick 5 favorite recipes without overlapping, meaning 25 types of cookies for our family of 5. About 10 years ago, my mom made a cookbook for each of us with our family favorite cookie recipes, complete with personal notes. Obviously, it holds a special place in my heart, as well as on the bookshelf.

This recipe is in my handwriting and is from my days in Brownies, back in 2nd grade. It was from one of our ‘projects’ when we’d gather at someone’s house and the mom had to have an activity for us. It’s safe to say that this recipe has probably only been used once or twice, considering the fact that it contains nuts which I’ve only recently learned to like (a little). These sure were gooey.

Considering that 2 out of the 3 recipes here are still big hits with us, I may have to give those Congo Bars another go, just out of curiosity.

Any cool hand-me-down recipe cards in your recipe box?

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  1. Posted October 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Such a wonderful post! I have a little metal box with recipe cards from my mother, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers. It’s a precious possession and I should do more veganizing from it.

  2. Posted October 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    I love veganizing family recipes, and your pics of your mom’s stained, handwritten index cards look so familiar; my mom is 80, and all her recipes are similarly “documented,” although her handwriting is MUCH less legible. Thanks for sharing, and for the inspiration!

  3. Posted October 24, 2009 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Hey Tami, that’s totally the sweetest thing I’ve read all week. What a great idea for a blog entry!

  4. Posted October 24, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Those recipe cards look beautiful! It is really nice to have memories like that.

  5. Posted October 25, 2009 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    How wonderful to have those recipes! And how great is it that your mom saved your brownie recipe?! That is too cute!


  6. Posted October 26, 2009 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Sadly my hand me down recipes are typed up on the computer and printed out (gotta love the days of emailing recipes!).

    I’ve yet to tackle my Mum’s lasagna, part of me is too scared that it will never live up to how I remember it and I do still make my Mum’s ice cream which is richer than rich and guaranteed to give you a belly ache if you eat more than a big tablespoon full, but oh so delicious!

  7. Posted November 5, 2009 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    Aw, how wonderful! I’ll have to try your Nan’s salad dressing soon!

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