Over the years I have found several binders full of recipe clippings at yard sales and church sales. The clippings from the 40’s and 50’s are especially interesting to look at with their colorful graphics and art work. When my lovely elderly neighbor lady died, her daughters gave her binders to me, and we searched them in vain for the recipe for the wonderful divinity she used to give us every Christmas. She must have had the recipe memorized or it was a regular recipe transformed by some special skill of her own. I am now also the owner of the ancient crumbling binder of recipes that belonged to my husband’s grandmother. I love this volume because not only are there old clippings, but most of the recipes are in her own handwritting or typed in by her. Most are recipes for cakes, tortes, and desserts, with very little attention paid to main dishes or veggies. I think she pretty much knew how to cook meat and vegetables and did not need recipes for that. She was from the Midwest, so there is a heavy emphasis on tortes. Here is the recipe for an interesting one she got from a friend named Stella:
Marshmallow Ice Box Cake –
Melt: 1 # Marshmallows & 1 cup milk in double boiler. Cool. Fold in 1 Pt. heavy cream, whipped & 1 Pint strawberries, cut.
Put in a torte pan lined with crumbs made of: 22 graham crackers, rolled, 1/4 # butter melted.
Or: Use 1/2 c. milk & 1/2 c. orange juice. Fold in chopped pecans instead of strawberries.
What is a torte pan, I wonder? Maybe a springform pan.