This is another page, front and back, from my grandmother's fragile Webster's Spelling Recipe Book. The lower edge on this sheet is so worn and frayed that the last letters of some words are gone.
These are such bare bones recipes. On one of the recipes only flour, with no quantity is listed as an ingredient. The baking temperature for the cookies and bread is probably 350 degrees. The cooking times? Well, take them out before they burn!
Thus far "Tomato Catsup" is the most detailed recipe. It gives specific instructions for washing, cutting, boiling time, and exact ingredients. The only choice left to the cook is the final cooking time in which a thicker or thinner ketchup results. I suspect this was a recipe for canned ketchup but no canning instructions were included. Also note that directions tell us to "remove from fire: and "put on fire." She was probably cooking over a wood- or coal-burning stove. Her directions bring to mind the opening scene of "Meet me in St. Louis" in which Tootie races through the kitchen where her mother and the maid are fussing over the seasoning of a pot of ketchup. Enjoy!
1/2 cup nut meats chopped ["chopped" is written at an angle]
3 cups flower [the "e" is x-ed out in pen]
3 tea spoons baking powder. ["powder" is written at an angle]
Stand 45 min.
1 T melted butter [written in pen] Bake 45 min.
1 cup Sugar.
1 " molasses.
1 " Shortening.
4 tablespoons Sour Milk
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon ginger.
1 teaspoon Baking powder
Brown Sugar Cookies
1 cups B. Sugar.
4 cups flour
1 heaping teaspoon B. P.
Nutmeg -- Salt.
1 cup Shortening
[illegible writing on frayed bottom edge]
Wash ripe tomatoes. Cut in four pieces & boil until
soft. Remove from fire & when cool enough to
handle; strain through a course sieve. Measure
& to every five qts. of juice allow one &
a half (1 1/2) tablespoon each, Cinnamon & cloves,
1 1/2 tablespoon Mustard, & 1 1/2 tablespoon salt
Mix Mustard in two tablespoon water.
Add to other ingredients. Put on fire to
boil, After boiling 1/2 hour. Add 1 1/2 cup granulated
sugar. Boil down to about 3/4 original amount