That red and white checked cookbook

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  1. Andrea, I’m on my second copy of ‘the red and white’ book, and it’s fall apart too. Best biscuits in the world, and have you tried the brownies? Great post.

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    1. I have not tried the brownies, but I do love the biscuits. My mother in law still has her original copy, but bought a current one too, and whenever she tries something new she compares the two to find the best recipe.

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  2. I thought MY Mom must have written this one when I saw the title. I’m on my first copy still, but there are pages that are falling apart fast–broccoli soup…

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  3. I’m so glad you have good memories from the recipes in the book. On my shelf is my second copy of it and it has pages falling out. I made pancakes from the recipe in the book for breakfast yesterday morning. Yum!

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    1. None of mine are falling out yet, but when I was working on this post, I thumbed through to find my most used pages and noticed the binder holes on the muffins page are starting to tear. I need some of those hole reinforcers like we used to use in elementary school.

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  4. I have that same book in my kitchen. Its pages are also sticky, dog-eared and marked from years of use. Come to think of it….just like my mom’s.

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  5. We also got a copy for our wedding, but I was dismayed that the newer version wasn’t EXACTLY like my mother’s. So I searched every junk store and used book store for the old one – I managed to find one that was in the state of disarray that I remember from my childhood. There are so many classic recipes in that book. The first restaurant I cooked in used it as a reference for most of the recipes we developed!

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    1. I remember that a couple of my favorites weren’t in the new one, too. Brian’s mom kept her old one despite getting a newer copy for that exact reason – she puts them side by side whenever she’s checking a recipe to make sure she’s getting it exactly like its supposed to be. I love that you found junk store copy πŸ™‚

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  6. Andrea, hope you and Carol get to compare cookbooks some day. Janet taught all of her girls how to cook, bake, can and freeze. Their husbands are the happy beneficiaries of those long-ago lessons well learned and oft repeated. Today alone Carol made a humongous loaf of multi-grain bread, several dozen Christmas cookies and a jazzed up hummus that went extremely well with the wine!

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  7. I too have the battered and dog eared version of the red and white. My Mom gave me her copy when I got married. It made me smile to hear you describe the stained pages falling out of the book every time you open it. I loved the idea of this post. Good food brings good memories.

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    1. I think some of the best memories revolve around food, cooking, or hanging out in the kitchen. And I wonder how many of us received this book as a wedding gift from our Moms. I think it’s one of those unspoken traditions – one that I will continue if/when my daughter one day marries.

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