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Where Is That Recipe?

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Wouldn’t you know? I can’t find a recipe. The search has been fun, though.Recipe cards are like old pictures or clothes. They bring back memories. Here and there are a few retro ones that look good but a bit out of fashion. Personally, as a kid, a meal would not be complete without Jello containing upside down half pears, fruit cocktail, or strawberries and bananas. I see in my card file, layered Jello salad recipes containing pistachio pudding and Cool Whip but pull out the cabbage salad with crunchy noodles and fresh vegetable salads that are popular with us now. My Mom always made sweet rolls as well as regular rolls. The regular rolls were made by putting three little balls in each hole of a cupcake tin. She only did that during the Holidays. Bread machines have simplified these recipes, however, we still have cloverleaves. Green beans & mushroom soup as usual. Desserts haven’t varied much from pie--pumpkin, pecan, cherry or apple—although here are tasty pie-like desserts. Over the years, Mr. Turkey has made his presence at our dinners dressed formally to casual, the only recipe is how long it takes to fix him up. In the fifties, mom placed the bird on the table whole with stuffing inside. When I began having the meals, he was baked early, sliced with defatted juice poured over. Recently, our kids deep fry or smoke him. Personally, I don’t care how he is dressed, just so he shows up.Well, wouldn’t you know, here is that dog-eared, stained recipe card filed under “Christmas.” No wonder I couldn’t find it, that makes too much sense.Scalloped corn and oysters—no holiday family dinner is complete without this dish. It could be a developed taste because newer members are slightly less enthusiastic. Something about finding a whole oyster hiding in corn. This recipe is my grandmother’s. I am sure she told it to my Mom, though, as grandma never used recipe cards. Enjoy!Scalloped Corn and Oysters
3 cups soda cracker crumbs
1 t salt
¼ t pepper
1 stick melted butter (not oleo)
Mix above ingredients together & put 1 ½ cups in the bottom of an 8 x 8 glass dish. Over this arrange drained oysters (two cans if you really like oysters) reserving the liquid. Add another light layer of crumbs then whole corn (frozen is better than canned). Over all pour 1 cup milk and oyster liquid (add additional milk if you can’t see liquid around the edges). Sprinkle a few crumbs over the top. Bake 350 25-30 minutes.

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lily 5 years, 4 months ago

Lime jello, pear halves with a marschino cherry for more holiday color. My grandmother had that every year.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 4 months ago

Pear and MW, peaches and cottage cheese..it was like a midwestern mother's rule of what goes with which meat. Like red wine or white!I look at the stack of recipes I brought from my mom's house, written in 1960 Georgia grandmother handwriting,1925 Great grandmother's, etc.I don't use them, but I really should. I have no one to cook for, and don't think of using them.I should have had them when I was 24 with kids.Once I did get them, they just became something to look over, cherish and cry a bit. Look at the historical fingerprints from frequent use. Make mental note that 'this recipe can be messy".Good memories.

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Linda Hanney 5 years, 4 months ago

Multi--the crazy thing is, I still have all those old recipes. I can't bring myself to throw them away. I had forgotten the pear half with Miracle Whip. We also had peach halves with cottage cheese. Food and family tradition is an interesting subject. Thanks for your input.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 5 months ago

Oh LInda, you bring back memories.In my family, the green Jello with pears was a staple. Not because I liked it, but apparently because Mom did. And she would lay out a pear half, put Miracle Whip on it in a small dollop, then sprinkle grated cheese on top, Cheddar I think, but she may have used Colby, she loved it.As I got older and learned more about midwest recipes with Jello, I wondered if she should have been adding sugar to that Miracle Whip?Or maybe she did, but I thought it was plain. As I replicated it for my kids and they thought it was awful, I thought about it, and yeah, it was awfully sharp.

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