My mother never kept a recipe book. Her recipes were generally hand written notes that were stained with food, and then folded and stashed in a bowl in her kitchen. She rarely went by a recipe anyway. And a measuring cup? Forget it. Measuring cups were simply something used for a beverage when all the regular glasses were dirty.
As I became an adult, this drove me crazy, because I wanted to have some of the family recipes for my Hope Chest. Or Hopeless, as my mother deemed it, since I put off marrying until my late 30’s.
My grandmother suffered with the same recipe affliction. She would write a recipe down only when pressed. And the measurements were guesswork.
As was her handwriting. The recipes were written out in pencil, and she generally never followed the logical left to right, top to bottom method of writing.
When my mother died, and I had to go through her belongings, I painstakingly sifted through every bowl in her kitchen, searching for beloved recipes. I found 3, two handwritten by my Nanny, in pencil. And another recipe for my Grandpa’s homemade tamales. I knew immediately that my Pa’s recipe came from his old Underwood typewriter, as it would completely poke holes in all of the O’s.
This is my Nanny’s Fudge Pie recipe, and also one for Chocolate Pie. We were not big on health food when I was growing up, as I recall.
I have a far different method of documenting recipes for my family. Everything that I trot out to the dinner table, that receives a thumbs up, gets entered in the computer. It is then printed out, placed in a plastic sleeve, and stored and a very LARGE 3 ring binder.
It is my dream that some day my children will ask for it, AND WHOEVER CAN LIFT THE THING WINS. For their own hopeless chest.
There was one recipe that I have mourned the loss of after my mother died. She made an amazing Corn Bread concoction that contained beef, cheddar cheese, jalapenos, and who knows what else. She cooked it in a 9 x 12 glass pan. I could not find this recipe in her kitchen anywhere. I don’t think it was a family recipe, because no one in the family remembered it, and she didn’t begin making it until I was an adult.
I’ve searched Cooks.com and Allrecipes.com, but haven’t found anything that really looks right. If you all have a Jalapeno Corn Bread recipe that kind of sounds like what I described, could you please send it to me? I have high hopes of making it for an upcoming baby shower for a friend. A friend, btw, who has triplet daughters that are Emme’s age, and a son that is Cailey’s age. She got rid of EVERYTHING baby related, and then found out she’s pregnant. And she’s thrilled.
This will be a wonderful celebration, and my girlfriend (Jensen’s future MIL) is throwing the brunch baby shower. If I can’t find a recipe, I may ask for recommendations for a brunch dish. I did offer to bring Mimosas, but I don’t think we can justify ALL THE ALCOHOL at a baby shower. Before lunch. Pity.
Anyhoo, if you have a Jalapeno Cornbread Recipe (that contains meat and cheese), please let me know.