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Vintage Recipe Books
Summertime in my family meant one thing.....homemade jams, jellies, and marmalades.

There were many farms around our town where you could go pick your own.  This included
lots of home grown blackberries, strawberries, grapes, and other fruits.  We had a large
yard, as did each and every relative, right down to the almost non relatives, the sixth
cousins.  Small towns were like that back then.  Everyone had a garden and everyone

My mom made homemade jams, jellies, and marmalades till we ran out of  storage space  I
couldn't understand the appeal of all that work when you could walk right into Big Bear or
Super Duper and pick a jar off the shelf. Now, I understand.

Looking back on it all...... my mom, standing there, sunbeams streaming through the
kitchen windows,  apron tied around her waist, humming softly as she mixed, measured and
stirred.  She was happy........now, I understand.
Makes 6 medium jars of jelly.

Freezer Grape Jelly

Wash and sterilize jars.
Measure two cups grape juice
Add four cups of sugar to the juice and mix well.
Mix two Tablespoons of water with 1/2 bottle certo in a small bowl.  Mix well.
Add certo mixture to juice mixture and stir continuously for 3 minutes.  A few sugar
crystals will remain
Pour quickly into clear sterile jars.  Cover immediately.
Allow to sit for 24 hours at room temperature.
Store in freezer or refrigerator.
Keep 3 months in freezer
Keeps 3 weeks in a refrigerator.

(recipe was written pencil by the owner of the index card)
Red Pepper Jam Recipe by Beulah Cleveland

Red pepper jam can be used in cabbage salad, or a teaspoon full can be placed in half
a pear and topped with salad dressing.

Red Pepper Jam Recipe

Wash and clean seeds from 6 red peppers. Put through food chopper, sprinkle with
salt and let stand 3 hours. Add 1 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup vinegar. Boil until thick.
Pour into glasses and cover with paraffin. It should be bright red in color.
Baked Rhubarb
Mrs. Oren Clevenger wrote this
her favorite family recipe.

4 cups rhubarb
1 egg
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour

Mix together and put into baking
dish, cover with topping below:

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3 tablespoons butter
Bake 40 minutes at 350 degrees.

I know this isn't a jam or jelly
recipe, but what else do you do
with rhubarb.
Fresh Blackberry Roll

3 cups of sifted flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
3/4 teaspoon of salt
3 cups of blackberries - fresh picked
1 tablespoon of flour
3 tablespoons of melted butter
1/2 cup of shortening
1 to 1 1/4 cups of milk
5 teaspoons of sugar
1 1/4 cups of sugar, also.

Start oven at 450 degrees or hot, and grease a long baking pan or dish.  
Sift flour, baking powder, sugar and salt together in mining bowl.  Cut in
shortening.  Stir in enough milk to make a soft dough.  Roll out the
dough on a floured board to make a 12 x 16 rectangle, about 1/2 inch
thick.  Wash and drain blackberries and mix with 1 1/4 cups of sugar and
1 tablespoon of flour.  Spread berries on rectangle and roll as compactly
as possible.  Seal edges with fork, dipped in flour.  Put in baking pan an
brush surface with melted butter.  Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce heat
to 325 degrees or moderate and continue baking for 45 to 50 minutes.  
Cut the roll in thick slices and serve warm, plain or with milk.

The recipe belonged to Miss Esther Murray, who said, "Here is a delicious
blackberry roll and just in time for the blackberry season."  She added
that you may also top the Blackberry roll with hard sauce.
Old Fashioned Jelly Roll

3/4 cup of sifted cake flour
3/4 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
4 eggs, room temperature
3/4 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 cup of tart red jelly

Sift flour once and measure.  Combine baking powder, salt and
eggs in bowl.  Beat with rotary beater, adding sugar gradually
until mixture becomes thick and light colored.  Gradually fold in
flour, then the vanilla.  Turn into 15 x 10 inch pan which has
been lined with paper, then greased.  Bake in hot oven, 400
degrees, 13 minutes.

Turn the cake out on cloth or towel, dusted with powder sugar.  
Quickly remove paper and cut off crisp edges of cake.  Roll cake,
rolling cloth up in cake.  Let cool about 10 minutes.  Unroll,
spread cake with jelly and roll again, without rolling cloth up in
cake.  Wrap in cloth.  Place on cake rack to finish cooling.
Quick Apple Butter
Recipe came from a recipe box of Lillian McGee
circa 1959

1 cup cinnamon drops, candy
1 tablespoon strawberry kool aid
14 pints of apple sauce, rubbed through a seive
7 pints white sugar

Mix all the above ingredients and bring to a boiling point.
 Continue cooking 40 to 60 minutes.  For final seasoning
add a few drops of cinnamon oil. Cook on top of stove in
a big kettle.
Quick Apple Butter
Recipe belongs to Mrs. Williams

9 cups of apples, run through a press
6 cups of sugar
1/2 cup of cinnamon drop candy
1/2 cup of vinegar
Cook 20 minutes after stating to boil.  Seal while
Jams and Apple Butters
Strawberry Jam -
Hollidaysburg, Pa Recipe

Wash and hull berries.  Measure
- allow 3 cups sugar for each
quart.  Mash fruit as it heats,
bring to boiling: add sugar and
cook until thick - not over 20
minutes.  Seal in hot, sterilized
Nothing like mom pickin strawberries in the garden.
Sometime a photo
gets lost in time,
here they find a
new life and a new

Never lost and
never alone,
somewhere back in
Recipes are the cornerstone of our lives.
Read, "The Story of the Missing Cookie Jar"
by PenVampyre.  A delightful little Christmas
story with mouthwatering  recipes for the
most wonderful time of the year!

Read "
Santa and the Magic Key".  An
entertaining story for the holidays, plus
recipes for your Christmas.  A story by
Robin Wallace.

Read "
Easter and Where NOT to Hide
Eggs"  Memories of Easters past and a few
vintage recipes.

Logan's Halloween Story -
The original story
won first place in sixth-eighth
grade division
of Southeastern Middle
School, 2005 by
Logan Lyon

Food and Genealogy.  A story By Robin L.
Our lives, our families, our very
history's are defined
by the foods we eat.

Family Reunion Recipes.
"The Fourth of July and Other Disasters"
(With Apologies to Jean Shepherd)
By Robin L. Wallace

A short story by Suellen Fry.  Memories of
my father and his version

Memorial Day Recipes - "For me, Memorial
Day was the day when we went out where
relatives were buried in the tiny, local
cemeteries and thoroughly cleaned up each
gravesite, carrying away branches that may
have fallen in the winter.................."

Grandma Irwin's Story of Courage and Swit
Tater Biskits Recipe