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Vintage recipes from garage sales

rworange | | Apr 12, 2007 01:47 PM

Have you ever picked up a recipe box from a garage sale and found a great recipe?

Maybe someone’s grandma’s favorite handwritten with love. Any you care to share?

I never thought of this till coming across this website where that is exactly where the recipes originated … from recipe boxes she picked up at garage sales. Seems like a great idea I never considered before.

Sure there are a lot of duds, but there are some really different things … some I’d try … some not.

One of the coolest tips is for shipping cookies by packing with real popcorn

Going Away Cookies Belonging to Mabel Fontaine.

“She wrote that when packing the cookies for over-seas, place popcorn around the wrapped cookies so they will not crush. She added, they will taste as delicious as if you had just baked them, even after a long period of time. She recommended sending these cookies to servicemen stationed overseas.”

These are only a small sampling of what is on the site. The pickle section was really interesting with …

- Written on the back of the card, "Great Great Aunt Jenny Rawlins's Relish
She was 60 years old when she gave this to me, back in 1954" (involves green tomatoes, onions and red mango)

- Rackings of the Garden from Uncle Arnold (involves cabbage, Celery Onions, Cucumbers, Green tomatoes, Green Beans, Lima beans Cauliflower & Red Mangoes)

- Green Tomato Mince Meat 1950 Mrs. Raymond Strawder (involves green tomatos, sour apples, raisins, spices & beef suet … pick a peck of green tomatoes … )

The casserole recipes wandered into the land of the loony … but there are tuna casseroles that don’t involve canned soup … among the odder

- Creamy Spam Asparagus Casserole
- Glamour Dogs (involves crushed Fritos)
- Creamed Hamburger and Cabbage by Letha Tuttle
- Deer Hunter's Pie (no deer … ground beef, apples, potatoes, onions)
- Uncle Will’s (involves hominy, whipping cream, cream of mushroom soup, almonds, cheese)
- Chicken a la Can from Beverly Malich (cans of Franco American & Swanson are involved)

- Hominy Casserole Recipe belonged to Ruby Bemis. "She brought this recipe to our meeting of the Indiana Club", was written on the recipe. (uh, hominy, chopped up tamales, cream of mushroom soup, shredded cheese … mix & bake)

Of course, baked goods always sound good

- Apple Brownies (I guess Spry was the Crisco if its day)

- Cream of Tartar Biscuits
- Casserole Bread by Mrs. Walter Jones
- Indian Fry Bread from the Kiowa Indian Agency at Anadarko in 1934.
- Graham Muffin Recipe by Lucille Teilmann

- Aunt Susan's Date Cake with Caramel Icing
- Mellow Pumpkin Cake with Lemon Sauce
- Prune Velvet Cake by Eva Wiedrick
- Mrs. Ed Cothran's Perfect Prune Cake
- Red Earth Cake (yep, red velvet cake but with brown sugar icing)

- Sharkie Pie (involves blackberry jam, bourbon & whipped cream)
- Kentucky Derbie Pie (more bourbon, of course)

- Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies (courtesy of Chiquita Bananas)
- Banana Oatmeal Cookies (hey, how healthy is that)

- Kaiserschmarrn Pancakes
- Gingerbread Waffles

- Lemon Ice Box Pie with Spiced Crumbs
- Florida orange meringue pie
- Grandma Elicker's Breakfast Crumb Pie from Donna Sparks

- Creme-De-Menth Cake (uh, involves chocolate syrup and Dream Whip, too)
- Gumbdrop Fruit Cake Belonged to Virgie Towell (also has butter-fried pecans)
- Lemonade Pie (yeah, ok … frozen lemonade, cool whip & condensed mil)

- Mayonnaise Cake
- Oatmeal Cake
- Oatmeal Pie
- Potato Cake
- Vinegar Cookies
- Old Fashion Vinegar Pie
- Bride's Pie dated 1950
- Apple Butter Pie
- Peanut Pie (with whole peanuts … no peanut butter)
- Graham Craker Cake Mrs. Ruth Garrison.

- Dish Pan Cookies from Wilma Henrich
- Czechoslovakian Strawberry Bars
- No Bake Coconut Cereal Cookies (actually kind of neat. Almost good for you, great in hot weather, quick to put together, and kids can do it … after mixing, it involves letting mixture dry)

- Sugar Plum Pudding
- Date Pudding
- Rhubarb Pudding (rhubarb, sugar, bread, butter, bake)
- Porridge Pudding (a pudding of leftover oatmeal)

Back to savory food

- Betty's Meat Loaf Jan. 29, 1974 Chillicothe Ohio (it has rye bread & buttermilk)
- Roast Bologna Recipe
- Boston Bake Bean Recipe from 1921 (involves a pail and fire)

Veggies were not a strength in the 50’s ..

- Granny's Baked Spinach (canned spinach, Ritz crackers, Velveeta)
- Quick Minted Peas by Ronnie Rice (frozen peas, mint jelly)

A few unique dips

- Hill Country Caviar (dip with black-eyed peas)
- Braunschweiger Dip
- Bean Dip and Dogs (Appeals to my trashy food side … mashed canned pork and beans mixed with onion, spices, bbq sauce, horseradish, liquid smoke, mayonnaise ... and, uh, boil … brown hot dogs & dip)

Salads, dressings and sauces

- Bing Cherry Salad Mold with Coke

- Grandma Harriet Cydrus's Homemade Salad Dressing Use for Bologna and Ham Salad
- Red Salad Dressing (based on catsup)
- Red Roquefort Dressing (yep … cheese and catsup)

- Dairy Queen Hot Dog Sauce
- Magic Mayonnaise Mrs. Ward June, 18 1936 (involves condensed milk)

As the infomercials say and much, much more. So has anyone picked up interesting recipes at a flea market or sale?

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