My mom, Jewell Thornton, was well known for the tasty table laid out for family and friends. She enjoyed making things from scratch and always exchanged recipes with others. I remember my dad’s comment when my mom asked him why he never commented on or complemented her preparation. He said, “Why should I tell you I like something? I’ll never see it again.” This said, exaggerated just what variety awaited us each day.
Several years ago, I created a cookbook based on mom’s favorite recipes I had found. Mom presented copies to her grandchildren and several interested nieces. I now need to create another cookbook to include additional selections discovered. I’ll list two here as an example of the variety she created.
Freezer Cucumber Pickles (I assume this was my grandma’s recipe, but it’s not identified)
2 small bell peppers
1 cup onions, sliced thin
Put in large container with:
1 T. pickling salt and mix
1 T. pepper (black)
Let sit for 2 hours.
To make syrup
2 cups sugar
1 T. mustard seed
1 T. celery seed
Bring to a boil and let cool. Pour over the cukes.
Refrigerate overnight and then pack in small
freezer bags and freeze.
Boiled Cookies by Faye Huggins, Homemaker’s group
4 T. cocoa*
½ C. milk
¼ lb. butter or margarine
2 t. vanilla
½ C. peanut butter
2 ½ C. oatmeal
¼ C. (or more) chopped nuts
Mix sugar and cocoa; add milk and butter.
Cook this mixture 1 ½ minutes (start counting when mixture has reached full boil).
Remove from heat.
Add vanilla, peanut butter, oatmeal, and nuts.
Drop on waxed paper and let cool.
*May use ½ jar marshmallow cream instead of the cocoa.
I have unearthed about 100 recipes that didn’t make the first cookbook, so I have my work cut out. Won’t that surprise our children to receive a second cookbook? Although my mom died several years ago, I think she would be proud that her favorites are passed along to another generation.
*Recipes come from author’s possession.