My mother is a saver.  Every recipe, report card, picture, Christmas card and obituary notice—saved.  Somewhere.  Probably in a box.   I, on the other hand, am a pitcher.  If it doesn’t have a use, or hold any sentimental value (and I am only minimally sentimental), I get rid of it.   Despite the difference in perspective (or perhaps because of it), I occasionally find something interesting to browse though.  Yesterday, I happened across a box of my great-grandmother’s recipes and thought I’d browse through them for something new old.  The box was crammed full of recipes clippings from newspapers, ripped out of magazines, typed (with a typewriter) onto recipe cards, and even a handwritten cook book dated July 1970.

I just *had* had to borrow the title from this post from the name of my friend Jesse’s blog (check it out, she always has something good cooking there!), since I couldn’t resist the idea of a post including recipes from my great-grandmother’s kitchen (or at least from her cookbook).  I think we’re trying the Harvey Wallbanger cake for our Sun Prince Birthday Party (if so, I’ll be making that a post of its own).  But don’t worry; I skipped the recipe for Jellied Smoked Tongue.  Yuck.

Cold Relish/Lindberg Relish

3 or 4 carrots
8 onions
1 large head of cabbage
9 red peppers
9 green peppers
½   salt
3 pints vinegar
3 pints sugar
2 tablespoons celery seed
2 table spoons white mustard seed

Run first 5 ingredients through food chopper, add salt and let stand 2-3 hours.  Drain and add vinegar and spices.  Mix well and can.  Add chopped hot red peppers if desired.


Harvey Wallbanger* Cake

1 box orange cake mix
1 box vanilla pudding
4 eggs
½ c oil
½ c Galliano
2 tbsp vodka

Combine the above, beat 5 min and bake in greased and floured bunt cake pan—350o for 45 min. Pour glaze on warm cake.


Glaze: 1 c powdered sugar, 1 tbsp orange juice, 1 tbsp Galliano, 1 teaspoon vodka

*the Harvey Wallbanger is a drink invented in 1952 by the guy (Donato Antone )that created the White Russian and the Rusty Nail (as reported by my friend Angie via Wikipedia, after I asked “WTF is a Harvey Wallbanger?”)


Rubarb & Pineapple Jam

4 c rhubarb
½ c diced pineapple
2 c sugar
1 c light corn syrup
¼ c orange juice
1 tbsp grated orange rind
½ c nuts

Boil until thick (about 45 min). Stir, add nuts and seal.


Pumpkin Bread

3 cups sugar
1 cup oil
4 eggs
1 ½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2/3 cup water
2 cups pumpkin puree
3 ½ c flour
2 teaspoon soda
1 c chopped walnuts

Combine all ingredients in large bowl and mix well.  Bake in 3 lightly greased bread pans. 350o for 1 hour or more.


Stuffed & Baked Apples

5-7 apples
¾ c sugar
2 tbsp flour
1 ½ tsp Cinnamon
¼ c melted butter
1/3 c chopped walnuts


Peel and core apples without cutting though the bottom.  Mix sugar, flour and cinnamon.  Roll apples in melted butter then in sugar mixture.  Place in shallow baking dish with enough water to cover the bottom.  Mix walnuts with remaining butter and sugar and spoon in center of apples.  Bake at 350o for 45 minutes or until apples are soft.


Andama Bread*

2 c boiling water
½ c yellow cornmeal
1 pkg active dry yeast
½ c warm water
½ c molasses
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp butter
4 ½ c flour

In a large bowl, pour boiling water over cornmeal and stir until smooth then let stand 30 min.  Add yeast to warm water and let stand 5 min to dissolve.  Add molasses, salt, butter and yeast mixture to cornmeal.  Stir in flour and beat thoroughly.  Turn into 2 well greased 8-9 in loaf pans, cover and let rise until doubled in a warm, draft-free place.  Bake in preheated 350 oven for 45-50 minutes or until pick comes out clean from center.  Remove from pan and cool on racks.

*This recipe came from a clipping from Women’s Day magazine from October 11, 1979.