Generally, we cook and bake pretty basic meals there such as burgers and dogs, spaghetti, and scrambled eggs. Occasionally, the raspberry pickers will search out a recipe for pie or jam. But this time, I really delved into the old cookbooks used by Wes's mom and his grandmother Martha.
Titles of cookbooks included:
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS (1950 red and white checked classic)
COOKING WITHIN YOUR INCOME (1936)
JAMS JELLIES MARMALADES (1927)
MARY DUNBAR'S COOKBOOK (Jewel Tea Company 1927)
OUR OWN RECIPES-LADIES AND SOROSIS SOCIETY (First Lutheran Church Iron River)
My own personal favorite was OUR OWN RECIPES, not only because Martha's handwriting was on the front cover, but also because Martha had written notes throughout the book pointing out Carol's banana bread and chocolate fudge and David's spice cookies. Apparently, something was wrong with the Daffodil Cake because Martha had placed an "x" next the the recipe with the note "do not make."
The MARY DUNBAR'S COOKBOOK brought the most detailed information about using Jewel products for the ingredients. An entire page was devoted to recipes with corn flakes!
And who could resist all these recipes using cocoa? Not me!
The back section of the cookbook had recipes for feeding the Invalid - accent on the the first syllable please, not the second! You would pray to get better after having to swallow down most of these recipes...my personal yummy favorite is offered now to you for:
1 egg white
2 t. sugar
3/4 c. water
1 1/2 T lemon juice
Method (cookbook word here)
Beat egg slightly with a fork. Add sugar and water. Add lemon juice.
Serve at once over cracked ice.
Following the Invalid recipes was a section on foods to eat if you wanted
to lose weight. Much toast was to be consumed. I'm assuming no butter was involved.
Part of me would very much like to take the cookbooks home and test out some of
more interesting recipes. But somehow, these books are meant to be a part of the cabin
telling a story about the women who used the books long ago. Albumen, anyone?