The other day, I spotted a handwritten recipe on someone's blog. I loved the way it looked. It was wrinkled, and used and real. It occurred to me that what the web needs is more handwriting, less type.
And so, in search of more handwriting and less type, I turned to what we all turn to when we don't know where else to look — ebay. I typed in "handwritten recipes." And then I came across something astonishing.
You can buy entire boxes of laboriously written recipes — things that represent the labors of a lifetime — – on Ebay. That means sons and daughters, maybe grandsons and granddaughters, must have found these labors of love, and for some reason decided to get rid of them — at yard sales, and garage sales and estate sales. And then an enterprising Ebayer scooped them up and listed them on Ebay.
Then and there, I decided to buy every single recipe box on Ebay.
Except I can't afford them all. So, I'm just buying what I can. This photo represents the very first one. It came in the mail from some people in Oregon. But the woman who created this box is from Iowa. How do I know that? Well, some of the recipes are written on the back of what look like county farm records — and they're from Iowa.
This week, I'm going to try Apple Fluff. I chose it completely at random. It sounds interesting. Sort of like a trifle, except without whipped cream — more a meringue, but with applesauce. I have no idea what that would be like. I woke up this morning, wondering why it has no sweetener and no spices. There are other things in this blue box — jams (strawberry, chokeberry jelly) and salad dressings, a rice pudding for Christmas. A vanilla ice cream recipe from the 1930s.
My guess is that life was good in Iowa back when these recipes were written and cooked. At least in this woman's house, where dessert was a common occurrence.
Her recipes have a home now. I'm going to cook some of them, and tell you about it. A friend suggested I call this effort SaveOurRecipes (yes, that sort of spells out Savor.) That seems the least I can do.