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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┬áso 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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My Dead Mom’s Recipe Box

My Dead Mom’s Recipe Box

My first mother, Irene, my biological mother, died in 1991 a month before I turned seven. The last time I went back to my childhood home, my sister and I sorted through photographs and finally threw away her disintegrating old purse. I brought her recipe box back with me to Portland and will be digitizing it. I don’t remember her being a remarkable cook. I remember some mediocre meatloaf, boxed mac and cheese, tuna melts, and not much else. The…

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