The recipes featured on this website are from Lila, who lived to the ripe old age of 92, or from Iowa church and village cookbooks, culled from old recipes handed down within families. I would describe these cookbook origins as small-town, but according to Wikipedia, a small-town has a population of around 1,000. These cookbooks come from areas MUCH smaller than 1,000!
If I use a Midwestern vintage recipe from an old published cookbook, I will cite the source and page number and link the book to Amazon. If it’s not available on Amazon, I’ll include a photo of the book and wish you luck finding it! All of the cookbooks have one thing in common; they are old!
Most recipes will only require a wooden spoon and a bowl, and call for ingredients that are real food, with less sugar than most current recipes.
I will list the tools needed at the beginning, so you can make quick work of the featured dish. Sometimes I will link different products that you might like to use. (There is no commission scheme.) I just want to be helpful! Unlike most cooking blogs, I’ll get right to it, with straightforward information. With each posting, I will include a photo of the finished product and cooking notes at the bottom of each post. Let’s have fun!