This recipe is from my grandmother and was never written down! I guess her whole point was that if you’re a good cook, you should be able to retrieve the recipe from memory :) She passed it on to my mom, and then to me! Her picture is in the last pic with the cake…hehe!
So you basically mix one stick of unsalted butter, with 1 cup of sugar (any sugar) until creamy. Them you beat in 4 eggs, one at a time. Add 1 teaspoon of good quality vanilla at the end and mix again. Pour in 1 cup of milk or low fat yogurt and let sit for 10 min. In the meantime, set oven to 350 F. Also, in a separate bowl mix 2 cups of unbleached flour with 1 teaspoon of baking powder (not soda, it’s not good for you). Then add the flour mixture to the wet batter. DO NOT MIX. Add the flour a bit at a time and fold over with a spatula! Over-mixing will make the cake not to rise so be careful. At this step you can add chocolate chip, raisins, nuts, etc. Pour the batter in a lightly greased cake pan and bake in the middle rack for 50 minutes. Do not open the over during this time because the cake won’t rise! Cool the cake and eat :)
I kept this recipe card which was on the back of a package that had several spices mixed together. I got this recipe was just starting out with cooking for someone else besides myself and was looking around at the store for something easy (simple ingredients with only a few steps) that I could make that tasted like “real dinner food”, instead of Macaroni and Cheese. Luckily I pulled it off and wanted to remember what I did in the future, so I kept the card.
A recipe from the Joy of Cooking book. Initially for recipes I made throughout the book, I started noting the date when I made them. It was fun like a ToDo list that I could work through. Some places I’ve started adding small notes like “Gaby’s Birthday” or “Valentines” or something if I made it for a special occasion. Then as I started adjusting the recipes to fit my preferences, I started noting those as well in the margins to remember for next time so I don’t have to “relearn” each time I try the recipes out. The dates are special to me. I can see this recipe noted in the cookbook and remember that during this period I was in a long distance relationship and these are cookies I’d bring/make when I’d visit. It reminds me of how much time has past and gives me some context for when I first tried it out.
Joy of Cooking book with notes and favorite recipes marked. Looking at it, it looks like some indicator of time passed, based on the recipes I’ve made and work I’ve done these past few years…and a reminder of how much has changed when I look at the notes individually and remember the context of making them.
A few recipes I transcribed during one of the first thanksgivings with my boyfriend and his mom. She cooks a lot, and it was a great way to get to know each other this first Christmas. I also felt like it was a special way to get to know a little more about my boyfriend’s past and what he grew up with, by learning about their family dinners. The act of transcribing the recipes from her notes to my notecards felt like an intimate process, where she was sharing something special with me that I could do on my own later. I also think she appreciated being able to share her love for cooking with another female since she didn’t have a daughter or anyone to pass down her knowledge.
Since I grew up in a multicultural family, I had different food growing up, mostly Mexican, and it was exciting to me to finally learn some more “traditional” American recipes, like Beef Stew, that I always thought everyone else was having.
A recipe box where I collect all of the snippets of recipes I find anywhere. Because the recipes are from all different people, magazines at different times, and even when I felt less confident as a cook, this feels like a scrapbook for me of memories.
A recipe I picked up at local farm/grocery store. This recipe specifically reminded me of a memory I had making the strawberry rhubarb pie with close family friends years ago and wanted to capture that knowledge on how to recreate it.
My family loves this chocolate cake, so we always bake it on special occasions. Once, my Dad requested that I bake this by setting the baking pan on the kitchen counter with a slip of paper inside that said “fill me, please!”