Mom’s Cookbooks – Sentimental Sunday

My mom, Jean Keesey, loved to clip out recipes from magazines and newspapers, as well as hand write recipes on scraps of paper. Then the scraps of paper and newspaper recipes were   stuffed them into her collection of cookbooks and recipes. She kept scissors next to her recliner so she was always ready to snip out that really fascinating recipe for “Sour Cream Jello Horseradish Salad.” She wrote down recipes from TV cooking shows, radio shows, discussions with friends. She loved to collect recipes.

I have inherited many of her old cookbooks, and they are like a treasure hunt; you never know when a recipe clipped from a magazine, newspaper, or handwritten on whatever piece of paper was nearby, will fall out from between the pages.  I don’t understand why she clipped some of these recipes. Many are for things we never ate, fancy sauces and prissy desserts.

While looking through one of her books today I found:

  • An incomplete recipe written on the back of my dad’s May 15 1963 pay stub.
  • An icing recipe written on a piece of her Japanese Rice Paper, that she used for her painting. 
  •  A newspaper article about the wife of Arizona Senator Jay Stuckey, Sr. who makes sweets for her husband to take to the Senate every day, complete with the recipes.
  • A full recipe for making Cream of Tomato soup from a can of condensed soup! (really, a newspaper published the directions from the back of a can as a recipe?)
  • A recipe for Cheese and Apple Dessert – cut up cheese with cut up apples – A Favorite Of Steak Addicts!
  • A full newspaper page of recipes for Dove, since Sept was the opening of Dov season in Arizona. Anyone for Dove in Sour Cream?
  • Various backs of flour bags, labels from cans, inserts from ads, free recipe inserts. – I have recipes on every conceivable type of paper.  

Going through Mom’s cookbooks brings back memories of sitting at the dining room table with her discussing cooking, recipes, and looking through cookbooks. I miss you Mom!

Let’s play a game.  

I found this recipe – can anyone tell me what it is? And would you eat it? I copied it exactly as written on a scrap a paper by my mom
____ 18 tbs-red (27 blue) 
6 oz gelatine
3 c. cold water
4 1/2 quarts hot milk
6 # tuna
13 1/2 c. celery
1 1/2 c. green peppers
1 c. piminto
3/4 c. onion
3 c. relish
1 1/2 c. lemon juice
6 tsp. salt
6 c. mayonaise
18 hard boiled eggs

One thought on “Mom’s Cookbooks – Sentimental Sunday

  1. Anonymous says:

    Oh, Alice! Memories of going through the huge box of my mother's recipes!!!
    The recipe you posted (I can just see it now) is some sort of jello salad. Would I eat it? Heavens, NO! Somehow jello and tuna in the same dish seems just wrong to me!
    My daughter is going to inherit a huge book of my favorites!!! I wonder if she will laugh?

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