I couldn’t leave my foodie blogging just about the cookie book when there another equally great cookbook in my life. One of my most treasured possessions is a church cookbook from Shueyville United Methodist Church. My mom lived in Shueyville, Iowa as a girl and this cookbook is from 1972. It was given to my mom as a wedding present and it has handwritten notes in from my grandma. It’s tattered and torn. The cover has certainly seen better days (it is no longer attached). Every time I pull it out, I feel like I am pulling out a piece of family history.
I actually had the thought once to cook through the entire cookbook. It’s full of old Midwest recipes that I’m sure would be a hoot to create. The terminology is so different. I had to ask my mom what oleo was when I first started using it. It would be like cooking a blast from the past. However, I have still only made two recipes out this cookbook and I plan on sharing them with you today. These recipes are some of my favorites to bake and I know exactly where to find them in this unusual book. It’s almost like the book flips right open to them as if it knows me that well.
No Bake Chocolate Cookies (submitted by Darlene Lindemann)
¼ cup oleo (translation – butter) 3 cups oatmeal
½ cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups sugar (I add about a ½ cup of peanut-butter to the recipe)
1 tablespoon cocoa
Bring first four ingredients to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes and remove from heat. Mix in oatmeal and vanilla (peanut-butter if you choose) quickly. Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper.
Banana Bread (submitted by Ruth Ziskvosky and a note from grandma saying “This is your bread!”)
1 cup sugar ½ teaspoon baking soda
2 large or 3 small bananas 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons milk 2 cups flour
2 eggs ½ cup nutmeats (chopped) (I don’t add this)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ cup butter or oleo (melt)
Mix ingredients in given order except oleo. Then add the ½ cup oleo. Bake in 2 bread pans (9×5 inch) at 300F for 1 hour. Bananas can be sliced real thin instead of being mashed)
The great charm in this book is that when my mom gave it to me, I discovered a calendar from April 1997. It was made by my dad and it is of April and I’s little league schedule. The hand written notes are great because I know what recipes my grandma loved (and what ones she didn’t like). She also has little suggestions and tips here and there. It also has little sayings typed at the bottom of every few pages. Here are some you might find interesting:
- Money will buy a fine dog but only love will make him wag his tail.
- Laziness often is mistaken for patience.
- Few men have ever repented of silence.
- Sad facts of life: square meals make round people.
- We get our parents so late in life that is impossible to do anything with them.
Like I said, the charm of this book cannot be denied! It’s a good old fashion Midwest cookbook and maybe someday I’ll make more than two recipes out of it!