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Friday, October 23, 2009

Red Plaid Recipe Box ...Recipe 1.

We're getting close to Halloween and it got me to thinking about Holiday Cooking. So I got out my mom's red plaid recipe box. I think I have mentioned it before. It's one of those"if the house was on fire what would you grab" kinda things. I treasure it. So as I was going through the box...I am thinking...all these recipes look so good..and what I really liked about them was that each recipe seemed to have a history behind it and told a story. Who's recipe was it? Where did it come from? A relative? A neighbor? An old friend? I love old recipe boxes . Each one so different...each one someone's own private treasure box.

Alot of the recipes were from Bessie. The lady that introduced me to "The Treasury Of Great recipes" by Mary and Vincent Price. My other "house is burning" grab. Bessie came every afternoon when my little brother was a baby and got supper started. Alot of the recipes are from relatives too. Since we are getting into the Holidays and winter, I thought it would be fun to work my way through the box and share the recipes with you...my friends.

The other day I wanted to make a lasagna. Not one of those all day make your own pasta affairs... I just wanted something simple and easy. So I tried the recipe for spaghetti sauce from the recipe file of Enide Allison. What a way to start. I don't know Enide.I have never heard of her. Ever. She must have been a real person..her recipe card has her name engraved right next to the little pot bellied stove.She must have taken her cooking pretty seriously to have her name engraved on the card.

So I made the the spaghetti sauce. And it was good. I just layered it with lasagna pasta and cheese. That was it. Simple.

from the recipe file of --- Enide Allison

1 onion, diced
1 large can whole peeled tomatoes (I'm on a San Marzano kick)
1 teaspoon oregano
Chopped italian flat leaf parsely (I used about 1/2 cup)
Salt and pepper

Saute the onion in olive oil till soft
Add tomatoes
Add oregano and parsley
Salt and pepper to taste. (to be perfectly honest, I just add salt, it's just a personal thing I have going on)
Simmer for about 40 to 50 minutes

Layer in a casserole dish lasagna and cheese with the sauce

Baker 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes till bubbly and hot


  1. I think that red plaid box would be more aptly described as a treasure chest :)

  2. Oh boy. I hope this is the start of the treasures I know that box holds......
    Thank you Enide and thank you Kary!
    donkey in the kitchen

  3. The red plaid recipe box! I remember it from Bessie's Dilly Bread. It's wonderful to have something you can touch that holds so many memories. And I'm hoping you'll be sharing more of those memories, yum!

  4. I bought all the components to make lasagna yesterday but ended up working in the garden until about a half hour before dinner so made spaghetti and meatbals instead, great recipe on epicurious where you bake the meatballs in tomato sauce in the oven. EASY clean-up and moist balls! This weekend, Your lasagna. I'll take some photos. XO

  5. Thank you Kary, I'm going to make this, this week end. It is easy enough for me and I have all the ingredients! Keep the recipes coming.

  6. De-lish! I love that old recipe box. I'm always drawn to old cookbooks and mine are so important to me. I tend to write notes in the margin of recipes that I hope my girls will look back on fondly one day.

  7. Oh, I love it. The Red Plaid Recipe Box. Heirloom.

    But that haunting question of what would you grab used to keep me up at night as a little girl. I always thought, "I should probably grab my Bible first..." and then the list varied over the years. Photographs and Recipes. Definitely.

  8. Hi Kary~ Your lasagna looks yummy! Might have to try it one of these days. So neat that you have that wonderful recipe box! Kisses to the kitties. ~Mandy

  9. How wonderful and precious :) I am trying to create things like this myself so that I can pass them down through my family one day xo


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