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mmmm mmmmm good! (…..or not) May 11, 2009

Filed under: Grandma's Cookbook — nashsmom @ 8:00 am

I was flipping through Grandma’s cookbook again and found a recipe that made me laugh out loud and I decided that I just HAD to try it:


Tuna.  Check.

Peas. Check.  (I actually only had frozen ones so bought some canned to make sure I got the intended coloring of the dish)

Cream of Mushroom & Cream of Chicken soup. Check and check. (I’m from the Midwest so these are staples in my pantry.  Really.)

FIVE cups of Rice Krispies.  Check.

I had Nash mix it all together….




Then baked until bubbly and voila!


At this point I took a tiny taste.   I have to say I was hoping the “crisp” would have stood out more but alas, it was pretty much salty muck.  


I was going to just throw it out but my dear husband told me to save it because he might want more.   Not sure if he was trying to be nice and didn’t realize this was just a blog experiment, but I’ll check the fridge later and find out.

Next up I think I might take a stab at Russian Cookies courtesy of Helen Yurista Jaroscak:


I don’t think I’ve ever been this proud of anything I’ve cooked.  You go, girl!


Cookbooks: Granny vs. Nash’s Mom April 30, 2009

Filed under: Grandma's Cookbook — nashsmom @ 7:13 am

I’ve ended up with a huge pile of cookbooks over the years.  Not your Rachel-Ray-30-Minute-Meal type cookbooks, but old school clip-em-type/write-em-on-a-recipe-card cookbooks.  I have my mom’s from when she first got married, one from my grandma Phoebe Wiebe (Yes, that was really her name) and one from my Grandma Evie, among others.  The  most recent addition was from my Grandma Evie.  It looks like this:

                 evie-front1                 evie-open

Basically an overstuffed three-ring binder overflowing with recipes for fancy salads and hot dishes.  (Grandma had a thing for recipes with pineapple tidbits!)



Here’s what my cookbook looks like:


                 my-cover               my-open

Not nearly as exciting, but let me tell you, the whole picking up the phone thing is way easier than this:



I love the military like orders in all caps:  CHILL!  SHAPE!  PLACE!  WHIP!  DROP!  SPOON! REPEAT!  FREEZE!  INVERT!  

I’m sure it’s tasty as all get go but I’ll never know.  They have ice cream cakes you can just buy at the grocery store, right?

I think this might be a regular category on my blog as there are plenty of excellent recipes to share with you.  Like this page from the Ladies Aid Society “Our Best Recipes” book from 1923.  Apparently back in the ’20s, macaroni was considered a vegetable:




I threw up a little in my mouth when I read the “Macaroni & Oysters” recipe.   Ditto on another for “Seafood Soup” which included: Cream of Tomato soup, milk, frozen crab meat, canned clams, cooked shrimp and the ever important 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder to give it a little zip!  Serve hot with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.  mmmmm mmmmmm good!