When cooking for the holidays, I find myself pulling out an old yellowed 4 x 6 recipe card written by my grandmother probably right about when I was born back in the ‘70s. I found this recipe card about 20 years ago in a box of family photos. It reminds me of her, my grandmother and all the family holidays I spent by her side in the kitchen. My grandmother’s apple pie recipe is the best that I have ever had and luckily, I am able to replicate it thanks to this old little recipe card. Unfortunately, it has been the only recipe card that I have been able to find since all her other cards and in fact, her recipe box was either thrown away or lost at some point. I wish I could go back in time and hold on to that recipe box the last time I saw it back in my teen years.
As more people turn to the internet for recipes, the tradition of using recipe cards and recipe boxes had been disappearing. However, many have been reviving this tradition and finding recipe boxes online to start their own family traditions. Some people have digitalized the very old family recipes in order to prevent them from more deterioration and have started writing their own tried and tested recipes in cards and keeping them in their brand-new recipe boxes in order to pass them down to their children. Many cooks today see their ancestor’s handwritten, tried and true recipes with smudges and all as family heirlooms and continue the tradition in hopes of giving their children and grandchildren a tangible way of saying “I love you” even after they have passed on.
Check out this beautiful acacia wood recipe box with card and dividers: