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… Continue Reading Banana Bran Muffins

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… Continue Reading Guest Post: Chicken Paprikash

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,… Continue Reading Peanut Sauce

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… Continue Reading Fresh Mushroom Salad—Do Not Eat

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… Continue Reading Curried Cream of Corn Soup

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… Continue Reading Easy and Very Easy Pastry Crusts

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… Continue Reading Russian Hot Pot

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.… Continue Reading Perplexing Country Pizza

Ham n’ Spinach Puff Pancake

It’s another recipe from my dead mom’s recipe box. This one is for a “Ham n’ Spinach Puff Pancake.” It’s clipped from a Land O Lakes butter box. The recipe calls for frozen spinach, but otherwise doesn’t seem too bad. I remember when I was a very young child that getting fresh vegetables out of… Continue Reading Ham n’ Spinach Puff Pancake

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… Continue Reading My Dead Mom’s Recipe Box