I recently wrote about one of the cookbooks my mom gave to me as she was cleaning out her kitchen. That stash also included this little gem:
This is a cookbook my fourth grade class put together as a gift to our moms on Mother’s Day. I remember putting this thing together so clearly. Every so often (I can’t remember, perhaps once a week), we would be asked to bring in our favorite recipe for a specific meal, as well as snack and dessert. With the help of our moms (this obviously wasn’t a surprise gift), we were to write out the recipes and decorate the page. The teacher then copied all of our recipes, and we put together the books with construction paper section dividers and yarn. I loved the whole project.
Surely, the book isn’t in that great a shape, but it has held together remarkably well, considering I remember consulting said book many times in my tween years. Looking back, I have no idea I was so enthralled by the collection, other than it gave a lot of insight into my classmates. But today, it is absolutely hilarious. I love paging through the desserts section to find a two-page exhaustive recipe for strawberry shortcake from scratch, followed by this lovely selection: "Donut Delicious - Get a glazed donut and put vanilla frosting on it."
Quick, get me to my kitchen so I can make that culinary masterpiece! I love looking back on a slice of my childhood this way. I hope I can share it with my kids when they get older. They may roll their eyes, and that’s OK. I did publish detailed instructions for making nachos from tortilla chips and Cheez Whiz after all.
(Photo from: Me)