One of my most prized possession today is this cookbook. I honestly don’t think it would be worth anything to anyone else, but to me it’s priceless! It belonged to my grandmother, and one of the things that makes it so special to me is that she purchased it on her honeymoon back around November 11,1936. I know that because she used to have a notation and date written on the front pages, but unfortunately they have been lost over time.

As you can probably see, this cookbook has been used quite a bit by actually three generations. I was fortunate to grow up with my grandparents living in the same house with us, and I learned to cook using this cookbook as did my mom and grandmother.

Nana was born in 1900 so her age was always easy for me to remember. She was a career girl, before her time. Today, she would have been known as an executive assistant, but back then they called her a secretary. Growing up I affectionately referred to her as “the walking dictionary,” for she could tell you the spelling and definition to any word! She was wonderful to have around when writing my term papers! 🙂

Back then, it was frowned upon for a woman to have a career, for women were supposed to settle down and raise a family, and my grandmother was a lady in every sense of the word. I think she must have thought the time was getting away from her, so she married my grandfather, bought this cookbook, and gave birth to my dad nine months later.

The cookbook was written for beginners, and it was all they had back then. It is so neat to look through. It has everything you would need to know to learn how to cook right down to how to remove the feathers from a chicken! Some recipes even call for lard, something I’m not sure they even sell anymore, but there are also great recipes; recipes we fondly refer to as comfort foods today, and those are the ones I’d like to share with you on this site. These recipes I’ve decided to call, Time Tested Recipes, and I hope to also share some of the little tricks they included among the pages of this book.

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