One thing we are passionate about is antiques. We love family heirlooms and old forgotten about things that we find in antique stores and from friends. My favorite antiques to collect are cookbooks and recipe collections.
I find it exciting and sad when I come across these old collections in antique stores. I get really happy when I find one but then I start to wonder out loud who wrote all these recipes? Why did no one in their family keep them? Why are they sitting in a little store for sale for $10? Someone might have spent their whole life compiling these recipes, some might have come from their parents and grandparents, and they must have used them for decades to cook for their family and friends. Did they not have anyone to pass them onto? Did no one care enough to keep them? I don’t know and I prefer to think they just got lost and someone is out there wondering what happened to their grandmothers recipes and missing them. It is usually after verbalizing all these scenarios out loud to Emily that she becomes annoyed with my curiosity and scampers off to look at something else. I don’t blame her, I literally do it every time I come across one.
We now have a half dozen or so old notebooks and recipes cards written by people we don’t know long before we were even born. We thought it would be fun to cook our way through some of these long forgotten recipes and post about them in this blog. As keepers of these old recipes we find it fitting to share them with anyone interested in seeing what our grandparents were cooking 40-50 years ago. I can’t figure out how old some of these recipes are. One collection I bought you can see in the picture above consisted of 2 notebooks with hand written recipes and various cut outs from newspapers and magazines. In this collection the oldest dated newspaper I could find was from the early 1940s and the newest dated magazine article was from the 1970s. Some of the handwritten recipe though I believe to be much older. The paper is so much different from anything we have today, there are no temperature settings for ovens in recipes, and a lot of old canning recipes. This collection I purchased at an antique mall in Searsport,ME for $10 and honestly I would have paid significantly more now seeing the history inside it.
I hope this is something people reading this blog will enjoy. A chance to look back into the kitchens of our grandparents youth and see how different or maybe even how similar it is to our cooking today!
See our Antique Recipe Collection