We’ve had a lovely, relaxing weekend here in ThimbleannaLand and I hope it’s been the same at your home! On Saturday, I dropped in on MeMum and BigDaddy, and MeMum was sitting at her kitchen table, attempting to weed out a few of the recipes from her out-of-control collection. She was sorting them into piles — the various stages of “keep” and a throw-out pile. The throw-out pile was pretty much empty, which prompted lots of laughing and joking about her little obsession.
We thought you might like to see the depths of the problem. (Or, rather, you might like to see my inheritance. The family joke is that MyDadLovesMeBestSister gets everything — but I get the recipes.) Here’s the cupboard under the telephone desk. Nice and neat and tidy — the two books contain recipes that MeMum has clipped and deemed good enough to keep and make again. The box under the books contains clipped recipes.
And, before we continue, you should just see the contents of the average dress box in the collection. Full of clipped recipes.
Here we have a drawer in the kitchen. I think these are the most recent recipe clippings.
This is the pile in the pantry. The manilla envelopes are all full of clippings too. The clear plastic box is typical of what’s inside all of the other boxes.
In MeMum’s defense, she’s an amazing cook. She tries new recipes ALL the time. I’m typically stuck in a menu rut and I’m always amazed that when I talk to her, she’s trying a new recipe. BigDaddy is a VERY lucky guy.
Back to the collection, here’s the pile on top of the microwave. (Excuse the torn wallpaper, a kitchen re-do is in progress.) I think these are recipes that MeMum currently has on audition.
But wait! Just like the ginsu knives, there’s more.
There are probably more boxes in the basement, but you get the idea. Am I lucky or what? Do you think this is a problem? Hoarding? OCD??? We think it’s pretty funny. And, at least it’s kept us all well fed over the years. While we were sitting at the table laughing about this “problem” I happened to notice a recipe for Almond Bars that caught my eye. I had some raspberry jam and almonds left over from the macaron experiments, and I needed to use them, so I brought the recipe home to try.
Hey — did you notice the date on the recipe?
June 27th, 1966. We were living in Lancaster, California and I wonder if it all started with the LA Times. I’ll bet there are hundreds of SOS and My Best Recipes in the collection. At any rate, the obsession runs long and deep. Back to the Almond-Raspberry Bars, this recipe is a keeper. Thank you Mrs. John De Groot, wherever you are.
You can click on the recipe to make it more readable. Just in case you’d like to try Mrs. De Groot’s recipe too.
I’m glad I could do my part and save this recipe from the dark depths of a cardboard dress box. Every little bit helps. If you have any suggestions or organizing tips for MeMum’s collection — we’re all ears!
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