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The Eventual Heirloom

For my birthday (yes, I’m still talking about that…get over it), my mom sent me a box of gifts. Inside the box were a bunch of Tupperware pieces that rocked my face–I was seriously more happy about the Tupperware than I think should be allowed (teal-colored Tupperware!)–but there was also something in the bottom of the box that made me weepy.

Now granted, this is not a heirloom in the traditional sense of the word, but I’m looking at it as an EVENTUAL heirloom. It is older than I am and I plan on keeping it to give to one of my children (if they show interest). I think it was a wedding gift to my parents, way back in 1980, when my mother was the ripe old age of 15–which makes it about 31 years old. I’ll have to double check those facts, but my mom said “it’s older than you!” when I thanked her. (I’m currently too lazy to get up and double-check the copyright, but I think it was 1972).

ANYWAY.

I do have a newer copy of this cookbook, which was given to me after Bill & I were engaged. Not much has changed.

But my mom didn’t give me the cookbook because she thought I wanted to try recipes from the 70s, she gave it to me for the goodies inside. Because inside my ‘eventual heirloom’ were tons of handwritten recipes stuck in there by my grandma, my mom and other members of my family. It’s pretty much the most awesome thing ever.

One of the classier recipes? The creatively named Corn Dog Surprise. But don’t joke the Hamburger Dip, it is pretty freaking tasty. I remember my mom making it for a sleepover I had when I was seven. There are also a lot of recipes we are still trying to decipher, a handful of coupons that expired in the early 90s and some old Southern Living recipe booklets.

I am hoping to try some of the recipes and report back, it seems like it would be an interesting side project (because, you know, I don’t have enough to do).

However, I will NOT be trying this sexy beast of a recipe:

The food photography leaves a lot to be desired in these old 60s/70s cookbooks, that’s for sure.

 

10 comments to The Eventual Heirloom

  • Bill

    What’s that last recipe called, Gelatinous Meat Glob with Mushroom and Pig Anus?

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    natalie Reply:

    Yes, that is exactly what it is. Expect it for dinner one night soon. I’m all out of pig anus so it will have to be next week.

    We also need to determine what shoepig/shoepie corn is, so we can make that. It sounds…disgusting…

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  • There’s a lot for me to process here. 1st, PLEASE make whatever that last picture it. PLEASE!!! I want to see the 2011 version. 2nd, you got me all excited about teal Tupperware…and 3rd – Your mom was 15 when she got married!!!

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    natalie Reply:

    If you notice the above comment, my supportive husband seems to think it is Gelatinous Meat Glob with Mushroom and Pig Anus, but it is scary. Maybe if I get brave enough I will.

    Teal tupperware is AMAZING. It’s so cute–I just hope it isn’t our generation’s avocado green.

    Yes, my mom was 15 & a few months pregnant with me when she got married. (In fairness, she turned 16 the next month, but…still..YOUNG).

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  • Merry Beth

    I have a oversized shoebox size container full of recipes, mostly from magazines and stuff. But the best ones by far are copies of the handwritten one’s from my grandma Lucy. I LOVE deciphering her handwriting and just knowing that those are the recipes she made for the family that I can now make for my family!! As far as the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook, I have one that was a gift that is apparently an anniversary edition because it has a section of OLD recipes..lol. Enjoy your gift!!

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    natalie Reply:

    I am super jealous of your shoebox container full of recipes. I am hoping when I come visit family I can steal even more recipes. I too, love the handwritten ones, it’s just fun to see things crossed out and re-written, etc. etc. I mark my cookbooks like they are college textbooks. I hope ONE of my kids likes to cook, because they are pretty awesome.

    I was, however, heartbroken when I found out my other grandma’s lemon cupcakes came from a box mix. HEARTBROKEN. I thought it was some long-passed down family recipe.

    I have so many cookbooks I don’t know if I have given my newer BH&G cookbook as much attention as it deserves, but I hope when Olivia is out of school for the summer I’ll have more time to devote to other pursuits of the cooking kind(um…yeah right!).

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  • Oh that is so cool. I agree, best present ever. My mom is actually working on handwriting all the family recipes in a cute notebook to give to me. LOVE!

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    natalie Reply:

    That’s an amazing gift your mom is working on. I hope my girls appreciate my crazy marked-up cookbooks and inserted handwritten ones one day. :) You’ll have to share the notebook when you get it! I am curious to see how it turns out!

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  • My mom has the same cookbook!

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    natalie Reply:

    It’s definitely a relic of the past. I’m seriously going to try some of the recipes though. It should be a hoot.

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