Taking Me Back

I was having a conversation with a friend the other day over our love of Spam. One year for her birthday her husband bought her a sampler pack of 12 different varieties! That was something new I learned – I had only ever known of the true blue original can. Growing up my mom used to mix spam, shredded cheese, and mayo together and place it on an English muffin then pop it in the oven where it got melty and crunchy. It was delicious!

That got me thinking about other recipes I enjoyed growing up – the ones my mom learned from her mom and on and on it goes. Here are a few books in our collection that highlight those recipes with a modern twist:

Retro Recipes From the ’50s and ’60s: 103 Vintage Appetizers, Dinners, and Drinks Everyone Will Love by Addie Gundry

There were so many recipes that spoke to me in this cookbook – the thanksgiving staples like scalloped potatoes and green bean casserole, our camping favorite biscuits and gravy, no cocktail party or birthday could go on without slow cooker meatballs with grape jelly, and one of my mom’s favorite dinner go to’s is meatloaf with her amazing sauce on top. The recipe that really hit close to home was my dad’s goulash. On our weekends together we would order pizza on Friday nights and I’d ask dad to make me his goulash on Saturday.

Lost Recipes: Beloved Vintage Recipes for Today’s Kitchen by Betty Crocker

These recipes reminded me of my grams and grandma. Grams and I had cooking days together, usually a few days before the holidays, to get prepared for all 25 of us to takeover my aunt’s house. I inherited the job of deviled eggs after grams passed. I would have taken on the crab dip, but unfortunately I’m allergic to it. My favorites that grandma made were salmon loaf and seven-layer salad – both I’ve tried to recreate with limited success. The most popular dish in our family is the Swedish meatballs, which is my mom’s dish. She learned to make them from her Swedish godmother. I also grew up with mom making stuffed peppers and beef stroganoff with lots of mushrooms!

What recipes take you back?

                       ~posted by Kara P.

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