Friday, September 26, 2014

Food Friday: Ya-Bra


Do you have a name for a family recipe that makes little sense to anyone outside of the family? In my family we have a few, Soupy Macaroni and Pink Stuff are two recipes that come to mind.

In some cases a recipe name could be an "anglicized" version of an ethnic recipe name. It also might just reflect what the family thought it looked or tasted like. While the recipe might have deep family ties to an immigrant ancestor, it could  be something the family cook found in a magazine, newspaper, or tasted at a  potluck.

When I looked at today's recipe from a Missouri congregation of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now called Community of Christ), my instant reaction was "what's that?" Reading the ingredient list it becomes obvious that it's a take on stuffed grape leaves or Yaprak Dolma. In this version, cabbage leaves are used, probably as a substitute for a difficult to find ingredient.


This family may have referred to this dish as Ya-Bra because it sounds somewhat similar to the Turkish pronunciation of Yaprak (perhaps the closest the family could come to figuring out how to spell it).


Friday, September 5, 2014

Food Friday: Cheese Casserole

Today's recipe comes from a cookbook complied  by a bank. Silver Dollar Recipes from Troy Bank and Trust Company (n.d.) is great because it not only has names but it includes their position at the bank. That's one of the benefits of seeking out cookbooks published by work places or even volunteer organizations.
From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega


There's not much in regards to non-food information in this cookbook. There is an introduction but no date and the regular headings found in cookbooks (appetizers, entrees, desserts, etc.) are missing. It appears that the cookbook was put together as a thank-you to customers.

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega


So today's recipe is Cheese Casserole provided by the Assistant Vice President of the bank. Pretty easy since the recipe only involves bread, cheese, eggs and milk. Add some sausage or bacon and you would have breakfast.

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega
The cookbook does include some annotations from the previous owner as you can see from the page shown above. There are "m"s as well as some circles around the "m." My guess is that the "m" indicated what recipes to try and maybe the circle indicates that it was tried. No indication of what the previous owner thought of the recipes.

Thanks to my good friend Lee Eltzroth of the Hunting and Gathering blog who is always on the lookout for cookbooks for me. I appreciate her help in finding unique cookbooks to share.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Food Friday: Breakfast is Served

Today's cookbook is from Texas. The Houston Civic Club Cook Book (1906). Arranged by Mrs. C.M. Crawford and Ladies of the Civic Club is a must for anyone who has ancestors in Houston during this time. It includes a history of the Civic Club, their club's constitution, and a list of officers. Best of all it's available for download from Internet Archive.




There's all kinds of great advertisements in this cookbook, it appears that there are more than you would find in similar cookbooks including this one with a photo of a butcher shop.




Or this one that proclaims no liquor is sold.


It's not too often that I find breakfast dishes in the community cookbook I peruse so today is a rarity. While I'm not sure how dainty bacon and corned beef is, it does sound good since I'm ready for breakfast right now.



I like the last line that says "This recipe is original and delicious, if properly served." It's almost like saying, "if this doesn't turn out, it's your fault." If only other recipes had such great disclaimers.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Food Friday: Potato Salad

Happy 4th of July! I hope that your kitchen  is full of all kinds of great food and the company of family and friends.

Here's one recipe for a dish  many people are serving today, potato salad. A favorite of mine, it seems to be one of those foods that you either really love  or really hate. My mom makes the best potato salad and I know for me most others don't even come close.



Today's Food Friday is from American Buffet: Favorite regional recipes from members of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. A great cookbook that includes historical facts throughout its pages. If you're looking for a dessert recipe there's one in this cookbook for Death by Chocolate that I posted previously.


Willing to share your potato salad recipe? Please share it in the comments below.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Food Friday: Pork Fruit Cake



I could spend hours looking at this short community cookbook I'm highlighting today. Interesting advertisements and recipes from a different time. Oh and the occasional malt tonic ad for nursing mothers.



Yes, it would seem that the 1898 work, Marshall Ladies' Choicest and Best compiled by the Ladies of St. Cecelia Guild in Marshall, Minnesota has it all. Though my guess is that you won't think much of today's Food Friday recipe.


Sure, the recipe submitted by Mrs. Will Rogers isn't appealing to us today. But the advertisements are a great look at social history. Consider this one advertising for young women.



Or even this one with the approval of Dr. Mary Green.


Oh, the good old days.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Food Friday: Hoofin-Poof


There's no doubt that community cookbooks are a  city directory of sorts. Take for instance this copy of the Port Charlotte, Florida Treasure of Personal Recipes. Compiled by the Episcopal Churchwomen of St. James.



There's names, places, and even business advertisements. Community cookbooks are a great resource for learning more about a community and maybe even discovering genealogically significant records. Make sure to check out their advertisements for  funeral homes in the area.



Today's Food Friday recipe is one that sounds almost like something from a Harry Potter movie. I give you the Hoofin-Poof Casserole.


Friday, May 30, 2014

Food Friday: Artichoke Hors D'Oeuvres

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

Today's Food Friday comes from the Donor Club Cook Book (1948) from Elgin, Illinois. this cookbook is a good example of how not all community cookbooks have a plastic comb binding.

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega


This book provides us with a list of their active members as well as a name accompanying each recipe. They also include a brief history in the Preface.

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega


I love today's recipe because quite frankly, it doesn't get easier than this. Can of artichoke hearts, a bottle of French dressing and caviar and you have a party. The caviar is a nice touch.

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega