Family Recipe Friday



This recipe, marked “Grandma Warner”, would have been from the kitchen of Beatrice (Felver) Warner or Minnie (Manley) Warner, depending on who’s perspective “grandma” was from.

This caught my eye because it’s called “Higdom”, something I had never heard of before. It seems to be a spiced relish or pickle with green tomatoes.  As I googled Higdom, I found a number of folks talking about this, especially in relation to Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. I’m not sure if it’s entirely a regional thing or when it first showed up, but green tomatoes and/or cabbage seem to be the main veggie ingredient.

I’m intrigued to try this at some point, though I’m not sure if “1 red pepper (or 6 green peppers)” refers to a bell pepper, hot pepper, etc.



Family Recipe Friday

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“Clara’s Recipe for Date Cookies”

A gem from the Thanksgiving raid of my grandmother’s recipe box. I have to imagine “Clara “was Clara (Rawlings) Felver, second wife of Hiram Felver. She lived out her last few years with my great-grandmother (Clara’s step-daughter), Beatrice (Felver) Warner, and her family.

I have no way of knowing who’s handwriting this is—the index card doesn’t seem old enough to be written by Clara, but it gives a glimpse of a recipe special to Clara and her family.

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Hyde Park Cake - The Hess Special

Hyde Park Cake – The Hess Special

My mother shared this worn recipe card with me because it’s labeled as “The Hess Special” and came from my great-grandmother Olive Edna (Hess) Hill. I haven’t baked this simple looking cake yet, although I did ask mom what temperature a “moderate oven” should be.

The thing that thrills me about something as simple as a beat up old recipe card is that this cake was something special to my great-grandmother and that it’s (most likely) in her handwriting. It could be my grandmother’s writing, but comparing it to other items I know are hers this is a bit different.

I am amazed—when comparing handwritten items—how similar both male and female ancestors writing style is to my own, or that of my siblings and mother.