Thursday, August 11, 2011
Recipe for Nostalgia
1 part index or recipe card
1 part handwriting (preferably cursive); in a pinch, typing will do
1 part coronary-inducing ingredients, like lard
1 part stains
Mix well. Pour into blog post and let marinate. Serves 350 (hopefully more!).
Here's something that all of us probably have in our drawers or cupboards somewhere (or if you don't, then your mom or grandma do for sure) - handwritten or typed recipes! Seriously - is there anything more nostalgic than those recipes that you knew were used by family members?
Brian and I went to La Crosse (western Wisconsin) this weekend with his family and of course, I hit the antique mall. There was this HUGE packet of recipes and booklets, all for THREE bucks. How could I pass that up? It appears that there was more than one cook or baker that contributed to this huge packet, judging by the handwriting. Friends, perhaps? Mother and daughter? Some kind of recipe club? Random collected recipes? As you can see, most are on index cards but there is a "From the kitchen of..." card here and there. I love those!
And as is the case with most of the stuff I collect/use in my art, I wonder about the origins of the paper - did Myrtle cut it out for her bridge club? Did Helen need that recipe for a family reunion? Was Bea on the funeral luncheon committee at church and thought that the "boiled cookie" recipe would be good, as it serves a bazillion people? (Okay, who here besides me thinks that "boiled cookies" sounds pretty gross?)
But what's to become of these recipes? Are we going to scan our favorites and toss the rest? I'll be honest - 99% of the recipes I use come from cooks.com because of its convenience. Are we going to see a recipe at a friend's house and write it down for ourselves? No, we're going to use our camera phones to take a photo of it and then scan it in a file later (or right then if we have an iPad). I fear that handwritten recipes are just another former ubiquitous item that's being relegated to the dustbin.
Seeing as how I just got these recipes, I haven't used them in my art - yet. I most certainly will be utilizing them somehow - I'll definitely let you know! :D