133 vintage recipe cards, cookbooks and finished treats

bread and butter pickles

Aren’t beloved recipes that make it down the family tree — or across the backyard fence — the best?

Over at A Way to Garden, my friend Margaret is focusing all week on putting up the harvest. She started by showing off these Mrs. Whitacre’s pickled cukes, made from a 1952 recipe card. Margaret got these pickles and the recipe from her friend Nancy, who explained:

“Mom got it from our over-the-back-fence neighbor in Michigan. Viola Whitacre and her husband, Archie, lived in the house behind ours. Archie was the gardener; Viola kept the house and was the kind of neighbor who made us special cookies and shared jars of these wonderful bread and butter cukes, as she called them…

Over the Labor Day weekend, Retro Renovation readers shared 133 photos of their favorite recipe cards and/or cookbooks and/or photos of the delicious results.  Continue on to see their photos and stories about collecting recipes, too. –>

Tips to view slide show: Click on first image… it will enlarge and you can also read my captions… move forward or back via arrows below the photo… you can start or stop at any image:

  1. Sara says:

    I also have the Joys of Jello cookbook in your first picture. The BEST cookbook EVER! Have you ever tried any of the really whacky recipes? I once vowed to try every recipe in the book, but I haven’t made much progress yet. I love the strange dinner recipes…sort of like dinner casseroles encased in Jello complete with meats and veggies! And I also love that almost every recipe calls for “Lemon or Lemon-Lime Jello”. It’s a classic, that’s for sure!

  2. Cruznvso says:

    Can’t get to any other recipes, except the Pickles… don’t see any arrows to advance to other recipes. Whats up?

  3. Judy says:

    I found an old recipe on Pinterest yesterday that I had handwritten to a friend 30-40 years ago…it was a Lasagna recipe by Judy and it was 4 cards long …wish I knew who posted it or where it was was found as some of these are found in estate sale recipe book! Superb cool though!

  4. Lee says:

    Soooooo!! glad I ran into this site.?.?.I feel human now knowing Im related to ALL you COOKBOOK Horders!!
    I just cant give mine away. I think they are never really out dated. You don’t need a book mark….Just open to Any
    Page, any time….Love It!! I also have a large recipe box, my brother in law made, from a wine crate. I have many, many
    recipes in it. Looking for somthing?? Let me know!!

  5. Margaret says:

    My mom had promised me all her old recipe books, but unfortunately I got a copy of her will & my brother is getting everything…not even her only grandchildren or great grandchildren… they will probably end up in a yard sale

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