Shoebox Recipes & Memories
Years ago when I went to visit my German relatives, they would always greet us with a shoebox filled with wonderful treats. Spicy smelling cookies, a little tin of Koch Kasse cheese, always a ring of homemade dried sausage & maybe a little jar of sweet/hot pickles. There never was any fruit cake, just some chewy fruit bars that got better over time. Each family we would visit would give us another shoebox of different treats. Of course we brought back the same boxes filled with treats from our house.There was a joke about one shoe box....it was a very large size & everyone would laugh & say " we know who's shoe box that is". All the old folks are gone & so are the shoeboxes, along with the little recipe cards that were sometimes tucked in with the goodies.
Perhaps some of you might still have some of these recipes that were passed around from one family to another, if so, please share the recipe along with your special memory. Maybe you aren"t German, but your family had its own traditions & recipes too. Let us share these before they are gone forever.
My eldest sister's God Mother(Nanny Margaret) had a colonial era Inn on the old Boston Post Road in central Maine. We would walk through the woods to some ledges with her and pick blueberries. It was such a very special place, a working wood stove, a pedal organ and horse carriages in the barn. The "facilities" were still in the back of the shed attached to the kitchen. Nanny Margaret would bring us into the kitchen and bake the most wonderful Blueberry Cake. The recipe made it into the Family Recipe Book that my Mom and Dad put together years ago.
!/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
2 eggs beaten
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
1/3 cup half and half
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
preheat oven to 350 degrees
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt.
Cream the sugar and butter until light, add the beaten eggs to the creamed butter and sugar.
Add the dry ingredients 1/3 at a time alternating with the half and half until all is fully incorporated. Fold in the blueberries.
Pour batter into buttered 9x9 pan and bake for 35-50 minutes.
Lenox637, oh those are wonderful memories for you. I have always wanted to go to Maine & the surrounding states, but I guess I will only be able to look at pictures & read stories like yours. Thanks so much for sharing. Really strange, I was just thinking about making something with blueberries & here is your post. Just goes to show, Chowhounds are really of a like mind!! I have every ingredient so off to the kitchen I go. Bless you.