Old Recipes

Because my grandparents lived with us at the time of my grandmother’s death, I have inherited a collection of old books, recipe books, photos and other memorabilia valuable to me, if not to the rest of the world. Mimi was a wonderful cook, something she learned when she went to finishing school In Boston (she also learned etiquette, French, and Italian, among other things). This still life for Be Still 52 includes Mimi’s Fannie Farmer Cookbook and little notebook of her favorite recipes written out with her Parker pen in her signature turquoise ink.  I didn’t grow up baking, so the recipe card is from one of my first recipes for Christmas treats- Seven Layer Cookies (no baking!).I’m enjoying working in my garage “studio”- even on a drizzly day with the garage door open!


Edited with Kim Klassen’s chill and one of the magic textures.

4 responses

  1. Finishing school…how neat. I love the details of your story, especially the Parker pen and signature turquoise ink!

    December 4, 2014 at 6:41 am

  2. Susan

    Love it. And love those cookies!!!! My grandmother lived with us too and I have so many things from her – from Norway!

    December 4, 2014 at 8:24 am

  3. Melinda, I really love this post on your blog!! Sharing memories of your Mimi. Love your garage “studio”!! A really sweet image of memories!

    December 4, 2014 at 9:26 am

  4. claudia lowery

    AHHHHHHH , love the memories. I have a few my Grandmothers recipes !

    December 4, 2014 at 5:06 pm

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