Recipe box and cookbooks

2nd recipe box made from barn wood

2nd recipe box made from barn wood

My handmade (by hubby) recipe box is filling up.  I’ve been doing lots of purging in my home for the last year and one of the things that’s going is cookbooks!!  I love cookbooks but they take up so much room.  I’m going through all of my cookbooks and putting my favorite recipes and recipes that I think will be good on 4×6 index cards.  I’ve already gone through about 20-25 cookbooks but have about three times that to go through.  I also inherited from my mother-in-law boxes full of Taste of Home and All-Recipe magazines which I’m currently going through.  As I go through the magazines, I tab what I want to save and after I have 5-10 magazines tabbed I write down the recipe and pass the magazine on to my daughter, who passes it on to a friend and it goes and goes and goes.  I’m doing the same thing with the cookbooks.  We all enjoy the peaceful time going through them and getting new ideas for family meals.  I’m keeping a couple of the cookbooks given to me by my mother and special friends but now my kitchen shelves will have space for the “old treasures” I’ve collected for so many years.

This cookbook was my Mom's and bought when I was very young.  I still use lots of the recipes.

This cookbook was my Mom’s and bought when I was very young. I still use lots of the recipes.

This cookbook I purchased while working with the Craig County Farm Bureau Women's Committee.  It's out of print the last I checked but love giving it as a gift.  Wonderful cooks in Virginia.

This cookbook I purchased while working with the Craig County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee. It’s out of print the last I checked but love giving it as a gift. Wonderful cooks in Virginia.

A girlfriend that used to live in Georgia presented this to me many years ago and it's my "go to book" when looking for something new and different.  It has NEVER_FAIL recipes.

A girlfriend that used to live in Georgia presented this to me many years ago and it’s my “go to book” when looking for something new and different. It has NEVER_FAIL recipes.

 

These two cookbooks I use for canning and for “old-time” recipes.

Recipes from early 1900's.

Recipes from early 1900’s.

For those canning instructions that aren't used every year.

For those canning instructions that aren’t used every year.

Now I’m trying to decide is I need a larger recipe box from hubby or another one the same size.  I love the barnwood construction and works great in my very country kitchen.

A very comfortable and easy to use room in the house.

A very comfortable and easy to use room in the house.

Handmade table by Uncle Holl.

Handmade table by Uncle Holl.

Wood cook stove used mainly in the winter months.

Wood cook stove used mainly in the winter months.

White and bright

White and bright

I have a 18″ high stack of Taste of Home and All-Recipe magazines beside my chair in the living room awaiting my transfer of recipes to cards.  I have 9 cookbooks with tabbed pages to do the same thing with.  I’ll have plenty to keep me busy at night while watching TV with hubby.

8 responses to “Recipe box and cookbooks

  1. I like your cozy, comfy kitchen!

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  2. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Darn near “zonked out” with the:
    1. Indoor pot plants – that wood stove must generate plenty of
    heat to keep them alive. Cacti and Virginia winters seem an impossible combination. A remarkable achievement in your horticulture skills.
    ( I have given up here trying to grow them indoors – come winter and they go “ZONK”!! – even with the shower on hot water to give heat??)
    Good God if we ever got a Virginia winter – we could never know what hit us!!!! ha ha

    2. Loved your e-mail reply – yes the name of Herr Rooster will not be “HIM”. What about “Charlie” with that French accent???

    3. Your culinary delights are amazing. If you ever (God forbid) decide on retiring from your cattle (beef) business, maybe a B & B enterprise could occur. Then again – may I be forgiven for giving you more work – combine the both.
    “Caldwell’s Farm for Living the Virginia Rural Life and Fine Dining”.

    Have you fainted???? I am full of enterprising ideas – ha ha.

    I can now inform you that after my weather report this morning – the “sauna” has shot through the roof. Thick clouds abound from all positions of the compass, but will they deliver some relief???
    Hopefully the “so-called” experts will be correct and until next Friday the temperature will drop to the bearable???
    I am presently dreading bloody February – NEVER come to Australia in this month – you will think you are in “The Fires of Hell” – no joke.
    Some areas of Australia are already getting record temperatures for January – and if you are able to access beach reports here – the sharks are having a great time. They are hungrier and more aggressive than usual. But it is their domain. The simple rule is
    follow the instructions of the Lifesaving fraternity. They are the experts – and the majority do it for love of the job – no payments!
    Cheers
    Sauna Soaked Colin

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    • I wouldn’t have to worry about sharks since I don’t go near the water. Love walking the beaches but water is not my thing, much like flying. As for the rooster, I”m thinking of Cogburn for the great John Wayne character Rooster Cogburn!! What do you think? I’ve been trying to convince hubby for a few years to convert “the little red house” into a weekend retreat for city folks to learn about the farm and relax and work if they want to. Hubby is “hard” at meeting new folks though so I guess that’ll remain on the back burner for a while longer. I love gardening. The sun doesn’t like me but I love digging in the dirt and growing things. Praying for cooler weather for you and wish I could package it and mail to you!!
      Rita

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      • “True Grit” character – “Rooster Cogburn”.
        Saw the movie – I think an academy award for John Wayne???
        It was an OK movie.
        Well certainly a better name than Rupert, ha ha!

        Another “stinker” here (Sunday 18th) but we have been forecast a possible change in the afternoon with storms!!!

        Last night – the less said the better – heat wise.
        I am smothered with bloody heat rashes which you shouldn’t scratch – but try not doing so!!!! At least my blood flows profusely – ha ha!

        What a joy to contemplate – 13 days to bloody February.

        Cheers
        Colin

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        • I treat heat rashes with baby powder. I get them all the time in the summer. I’ve also found a wonderful cream called Derma C w/vitamin E that’s great for the sun poisoning I get. I’ll pray for some cooler weather for you!! Can you use a fan on yourself at night??

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  3. OMG, Rita, I could have written much of this post! My mom left me a legacy of Taste of Home recipes and I went through them recently to weed out the ones I’ll never use. And I too have too many cookbooks 🙂

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