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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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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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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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Ham n’ Spinach Puff Pancake

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 season was unusual. That changed sometime during elementary school. Here’s a post at The Whole Bag of Chips from a food blogger who says the…

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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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