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Banana Bran Muffins

Banana Bran Muffins

It’s another recipe from my dead mom’s recipe box. You can find the text of this banana bran muffin recipe here. This recipe mentions both Kellogg’s and Promise by brand name. On the back of the recipe clipping is an ad for Promise Spread. I made two substitutions. I used whole milk instead of skim milk because skim milk is gross and I never buy it. I also used butter instead of the Promise Spread because I’m not into margarine…

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Sesame Chicken with Noodles

Sesame Chicken with Noodles

It’s another entry from my dead mom’s recipe box. This is the only recipe that was not taped onto an index card, so I assume it was the last or one of the last ones added. This recipe mentions Reynolds Wrap by name and appears to come from one of their advertisements. This is another recipe for the microwave so I deem it dubious. Sesame Chicken with Noodles ¼ cup brown sugar ⅓ cup soy sauce ¼ cup dry sherry…

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Guest Post: Chicken Paprikash

Guest Post: Chicken Paprikash

It’s a guest post from my sister, Jess Hudgins, about a card from our dead mom’s recipe box. Our mother’s side of the family had a lot of pride in being Hungarian. This recipe is probably from Woman’s Day. CHICKEN PAPRIKASH Free time while dinner cooks: 35-40 min Top each serving with a generous spoonful of sour cream or plain yogurt. If you like paprikash extra hot and spicy, look for hot Hungarian paprika. Complete your supper with a crisp…

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Peanut Sauce

Peanut Sauce

It’s another entry from my dead mom’s recipe box. I genuinely approve of this recipe. This is the first recipe I’ve tried out of this box that is good. It’s a tangy peanut sauce rather than a sweet peanut sauce (unless you use sweetened peanut butter). PEANUT SAUCE 1 tablespoon peanut oil 1 garlic clove, crushed 3 tablespoons minced onion ¼ cup crunchy peanut butter ¼ cup chicken broth or water ½ cup coconut milk or milk 2 teaspoons fresh…

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Mushroom Soup (Specialty of The Breakers)

Mushroom Soup (Specialty of The Breakers)

It’s another entry from my dead mom’s recipe box. Turns out there are divider labels in the box, the labels are just very difficult to read. This is a very plain recipe for mushroom soup that is a “speciality of The Breakers.” (What are The Breakers?) Since this is from an area of the box that is mostly soups recipe, I imagine the divider label once said “soups.” MUSHROOM SOUP (Specialty of The Breakers) Full of flavor and so easy…

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Fresh Mushroom Salad—Do Not Eat

Fresh Mushroom Salad—Do Not Eat

I found this recipe for Fresh Mushroom Salad in my dead mom’s recipe box. This is a recipe absolutely no one should follow. While it might be ok to eat a king bolete raw, the mushrooms you get from the store—button mushrooms, creminis, portobellos—are all Agaricus bisporus and they may all be toxic. Cooking the mushrooms will remove much of the toxins. So here’s the recipe for what it’s worth, which really isn’t much. I don’t know where it came…

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Curried Cream of Corn Soup

Curried Cream of Corn Soup

Another entry from my dead mom’s recipe box. I have found a digitized version of this curried cream of corn soup in the Christian Science Monitor archives from 1985. I would have been a year old. Vegetables: they aren’t what they used to be. They’ve gotten a lot bigger, or at least that’s the impression I got from making this recipe. I only had large onions. Those come standard in the grocery stores now. It’s difficult to find a medium…

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Easy and Very Easy Pastry Crusts

Easy and Very Easy Pastry Crusts

It’s another entry from my dead mom’s recipe book. This note card has a separate recipe for pastry crust on each side. The card is water damaged, but my will do my best to decipher my mother’s blurred handwriting. Pretty straightforward stuff. Pastry Crust (Easy) 2c unbleached flour 1/2t salt 1/2 t sugar 3/4c butter lemon juice 3T cold water Mix flour, salt, sugar Cut in butter Sprinkle w lemon juice + iced water Chill before rolling Pastry Crust (very…

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Russian Hot Pot

Russian Hot Pot

This appears to be one of the newest recipes from my dead mom’s recipe box. The paper is still white. The printing is still dark. Since my mother died in April of 1991, it can’t be any more recent than that. It’s Russian Hot Pot! This recipe has already been digitized in a blog called No Whey, Mama so I don’t have to type it out. This blogger says her mother probably clipped the recipe out of Woman’s Day, so I…

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Perplexing Country Pizza

Perplexing Country Pizza

My dead mom’s recipe box is very full. She must have been collecting recipes before my sister and I were born. (I was born in 1984.) I don’t know if there’s any organization to it. None of the tabs are labeled. This entry is for “Country Pizza.” How is this a pizza? There’s no yeast. The dough doesn’t rise. This is a lard/butter pastry pie crust with pizza-like toppings as a filling. I haven’t found a online version of this…

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