Connie MooreWithin a recipe box or cookbook can be found a woman’s life, her love of certain foods, her family’s preferences; and sometimes personal insights into the fabric of a family and thus a close-up of a generation’s values.

Even a small handful of old recipes clipped together and tossed in an auction box can bring a woman’s life to light. Recently I purchased just such a box. Among the recipes were breads from the 1950s such as Basic Sweet Dough from Betty Crocker. Actually three recipes were flour and egg smeared, with a note on them, “My Favorite.” The woman surely baked them often and shared with family and friends.

She loved a good sugar cream pie, for there were five recipes on yellowed newspaper clippings. Perhaps she tried them all and found the one she most remembered her own mother making.

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She was thrifty and saved the points General Mills gave out with its products towards Oneida Community Stainless Silverware and other items such as cookware, kitchen tools, cookbooks, scissors, and even women’s hosiery.

She was not afraid to try something new – Fresh Rhubarb Mousse. It has a question mark on the recipe, but she evidently tried it, as there are other marks on the paper. She also baked Cranberry Cookies, a treat that didn’t have to wait on fresh cranberries. The recipe called for one jar of cranberry-orange relish.




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