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Grandma's Recipe Box

February 6th, 2011 at 01:00 pm

Last night I was looking at my grandmother's recipe box. It's an old wooden box and most of the recipes are typewritten on cards or papers that have yellowed with time.

I found 4 wine recipes. I've concluded that wine making must be an art because of the time it takes. I had heard my grandfather made his own wine and I assume these were some of the recipes. However, other than the basic ingredients, there were few instructions. Maybe they knew what to do and just needed a reminder of the measurements.

One recipe for a fruit salad said buy a 10 cent box of crackers...think that might be a hard one to follow!

There's my grandmother's peanut brittle recipe in there. I've made it a few times and I have great respect for my grandmother and her hands of asbestoes...she would stretch the hot peanut brittle after taking it out of the cooking pot because the thinner the better. For years my mom wouldn't give me the recipe. I found that odd because the one time my mom tried to make it, she burnt it. It isn't any great secret, that's for sure. Yet she didn't want to give it up.

I found 6 recipes for fruit cake. Yep, 6 different recipes for fruit cake. I guess I find that amusing because nowdays people have jokes about fruit cake.

But the funniest recipe of all has to be how to get rid of a tapeworm!

3 Responses to “Grandma's Recipe Box”

  1. laura Says:


    I have my great-grandmother's recipes (she was born 1889 and died 1957). The funniest find was a recipe for Sloppy Joes called Unkept Josephs!

  2. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    That sounds like great reading material. What a prize!

  3. rob62521 Says:

    I love that...Unkept Josephs...someone had a great sense of humor!

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