I think 2013 was a great year for programs. I really loved both new programs I rolled out this year, but I’m especially excited about In the Kitchen With Laura which blends Laura history with food history through hands on activities. I’ve decided to post a project a month in hopes that you will get excited about it too.
This month’s project has to do with recipes. Laura often included a recipe with her letters to fans whether they had requested a recipe or whether it just filled up some space. I’ve linked in an image of the first page of one such letter. The typed transcript of the entire letter including the gingerbread recipe is available on the Horn Book‘s website:
Collecting handwritten copies of recipes has been a long lasting project for me. I started when I was in 4H when my mother suggested it was a great subject for a decoupage. I still haven’t found a good reference to how long you can expect a decoupage to last, but mine are at roughly 25 years and counting. They now cover a kitchen wall with my important recipes right there. I’ve kept paper copies of the handwriting too and it’s a special connection to hold in your hand a beloved recipe that the creator wrote out themselves.
So your project for the month is two fold. First, find an older person and ask them to hand write out a recipe that you associate with them. The one I did for this challenge was my Great-Aunt Jean’s peanut butter cookie recipe. I’d previously gotten recipes from two of my great-grandmothers, my grandmother, and a great-great-aunt or two. Second, hand write out a recipe that means a lot to you and give it to someone you know who is younger. That’s your challenge. I hope that you will accept it and please share the challenge and report back in the comments below.
UPDATED July 19 2019: I updated the link and updated to my current signature block.
Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.