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Dec 13, 2013 07:47 PM


Hello, I saw a post from RUTHIE 789 about having one of these cook books.. any chance of checking if it has a CELERY CASSEROLE RECIPE circa 1960's... receipe has celery/12 cups/water chestnuts/cream of chicken soup... it will solve a big mystery between my sister and I.

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  1. My mother graduated from Whittier College in 1955 and her sorority has been serving variations ever since! I remember ground beef, water chestnuts, celery and cream of something soup. I googled those ingredients and there plenty of recipes to choose from. Good luck!

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    1. re: GreekChorus

      Hi there,
      Thank you for the prompt reply, the reason I was writting to the person above/Ruthie789 is because she had the cook book from the womans club.. My sister and I were together for thanksgiving, I brought my mom's celery recipe. she said, i have moms recipe and it only calls for 4 cups of celery, mine called for 12 cups.. long story short, she swears she got the recipe direct from our mom (since deceased) and I said, I got it from her.. so thats why we wanted to clear it up.. I have it, but my sister thinks it isn't the one from the womans club... it is.... get it?... hey when you get 67 and 68.. our minds can play tricks on us... but i am right....

    2. I am sorry for not responding I missed your request. I am going to look it up and get back to you shortly.

      1. This recipe comes from the 1966 edition of the cookbook it is called, ORIENTAL CELERY
        4 cups of celery cut into 1 inch pieces
        1 5 ounce can of water chestnuts drained and thinly sliced
        1 can condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
        1/4 cup sliced pimento
        1/2 cup of slivered almonds
        1/2 cup of soft bread crumbs
        2 tablespoons of melted butter
        Cook celery in small amount boiling, salted water until crisp tender about 8 minutes, drain well. Mix celery, sliced water chestnuts, soup, pimento and 1/4 cup of almonds in a 1 quart casserole. Toss bread crumbs with other 1/4 cup of almonds and melted better, sprinkle over top of casserole. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes until hot. Serves 6. The contributor to this recipe was a woman, named, Mary McCann.
        Hope it clears up the mystery and thrilled to be a contributor to its resolve.

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        1. re: Ruthie789

          a big THANK YOU for solving that mystery.. my sister won the bet.. not sure where I got the 8 cups of celery recipe. I appreciate your response I have already sent it to my sister with a surrender letter..

          1. re: lookmeup

            The 8 cups might be because the recipe was doubled, perhaps? Where exactly is East Whittier? I bought this book in Montreal at a second hand book shop.

            1. re: Ruthie789

              Here ya go.. it was always an old Quaker Town when I was growing up not far from there. (19 km) southeast of Los Angeles. Whittier was incorporated in February 1898, although it was first settled in 1887, and became a charter city in 1955.The city is named for the poet John Greenleaf Whittier and is home to Whittier College.

              1. re: lookmeup

                I am going to look it up some more, I am fascinated by the Quaker's and am reading a book on them at the moment. Glad to be of help.

                1. re: Ruthie789

                  In the founding days of Whittier, when it was a small isolated town, Jonathan Bailey and his wife, Rebecca, were among the first residents. They followed the Quaker religious faith and practice, and held religious meetings on their porch. As the city grew, the citizens named it after John Greenleaf Whittier, a respected Quaker poet. Whittier wrote a dedication poem, and is honored today with statues and a small exhibit at the Whittier museum; a statue of him sits in the park, and another representing his poem The Barefoot Boy used to reside by the City Hall. Whittier never set foot there, but the city still bears his name and is rooted in the Quaker tradition

                  1. re: lookmeup

                    Thank you very fascinating to me.

                  2. re: Ruthie789

                    The most famous/infamous Quaker from Whittier was Richard Nixon who lived there from age 9 and attended Whittier College.

                    1. re: KateBChi

                      That's right, Nixon lived there and was born in Yorba Linda. I forgot to mention him. It has become a pretty little town, they had a bad earthquake there some years back, my sister lived there at the time. I grew up in Pico Rivera just bordering Whittier.. I had a lot of fond memories of Whittier, shopping Uptown.

                      1. re: KateBChi

                        Also the childhood home of MFK Fisher. She writes about growing up there and summering in Laguna Beach in "Among Friends".

                        1. re: emily

                          How interesting, I grew up in Pico Rivera/Whittier and raised my kids in Laguna Beach, it is a terrific place..