Country Kitchen: Collecting Cards and Note Paper With Recipe

Country Kitchen: Collecting Cards and Note Paper With Recipe

By Mary Emma Allen

Cards and note paper with recipes and food ideas are fun to send to those who enjoy cooking. I have a friend who collects recipes. When I travel to different parts of the country, I look for post cards with regional recipes on them. Some are tasty and others are "far out." She says she enjoys them all.

My daughter received a lovely card which accompanied a cookie cutter gift. Within the card were cookie making hints and a recipe for cookies using the cutter.

What recipe books and booklets do you collect? Will they become part of the heritage you pass along to your children...either in memories of foods prepared or as actual items they can add to a cook book or memorabilia collection.

AuntieÂ’s Note Cards

My aunt, who loved cooking and recipe collecting, often seemed to find stationery and note paper with recipes and pictures of food. Years ago, when my husband was an Air Force pilot and we lived far from the area where IÂ’d grown up, my aunt wrote me frequently.

So many of her notes contained these pictures of food, cooking utensils, and recipes. "IÂ’ve tried this one," she might add. "ItÂ’s good." These were just like the notes I later found in the margin of her cookbook I later acquired.

Letters About Food

My mom was an avid letter writer. Her letters contained stories of our familyÂ’s daily life. However, in almost every letter she wrote about what she was cooking for various meals and often described how she made some new dish.

She also clipped recipes from magazines and newspapers and sent these to me. Mother often sketched pictures of the dishes she prepared for various meals or baked to sell in her general store.

It almost seemed our family was consumed by food! Why wouldnÂ’t I become a cooking columnist?

As you travel, you may find yourself looking for post cards with regional foods and recipes or note paper and stationery with a culinary theme. Sometimes by combining these with a jar of jelly, cookie cutter, or special tea cup youÂ’ll create a thoughtful gift for someone in your life.

A Regional Recipe IÂ’ve come across during travels to Florida is the traditional

KEY LIME PIE. This dessert has been a favorite in that area for many years.

Beat 3 egg yolks and 1 can (14 oz.) condensed milk together; then add 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, and 1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel, beating well until smooth. Pour into cooled, baked pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes until the center is set. Cool well before serving with whipped cream. (Some cooks prefer to make a stiff meringue from the 3 egg whites and 6 tablespoons sugar, then spread on hot pie and bake 425 degrees F. for 5 minutes, or until meringue is golden.)

(C) 2002 Mary Emma Allen

About the Author

Mary Emma Allen has been writing her "Cooking Column" for newspapers and online publications for 30 years and has compiled a family cookbook. SheÂ’s currently compiling a cookbook/story book, "Tales From a Country Kitchen." Visit her web site for more cooking articles. Contact her at

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