Keeping Busy with Old Food Magazines

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A couple weeks ago I decided to tackle something in the Culinary Cellar I have been wanting to do for quite some time.  Thanks to my cooking friend Norita from Iowa, I have boxes filled with old Gourmet and Bon Appétit magazines, plus others.  Norita is a gifted cook with many cooking contest wins under her belt, and she saved many food magazines but had to give most of them up when she decided to move.  She was kind enough to offer them to me, as she knew I had lost my filing cabinet and card catalog filled with recipe clippings I had saved for years in a flood that destroyed them all.  I recently decided to tackle those boxes and go through each issue page by page and find recipes to return to my new filing cabinet.  I am still on box #1 of Bon Appétit’s starting from the ’80’s and having a ball.  I love finding Norita’s bookmarks on what recipes she liked and always agree with her tastes!  However, when I start a project in the Culinary Cellar, which still needs lots of work, I get distracted from consistently writing my blogs.  Now you know when you don’t see blogs, I am either working on the magazines, or playing a lot with my granddaughter!

I was so happy to find a recipe for a woman who wrote to me a few years ago and asked for a certain recipe from a 1980’s Bon Appétit that I actually came across a few days ago and I remembered her request.  Thank goodness she still had the same email address and I was able to send her the recipe.  Needless to say, she was thrilled.

I’m finding so many recipes I used to have and love having them back.  Thank you again, Norita.  I continue to be grateful for your kindness.  You will always be a part of rebuilding the Culinary Cellar.

I will try to stop every once in awhile and actually make some of these great recipe finds to share with you all!


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6 Responses to Keeping Busy with Old Food Magazines

  1. April 2, 2024 at 8:09 am #

    I am so happy you have “recipe-sisters” helping you rebuild your library. It takes a village!

    • April 2, 2024 at 11:03 pm #

      Thanks, Polly. It takes a village indeed. I love your term “recipe-sisters!”

  2. April 2, 2024 at 9:24 am #

    labor of love for sure

    • April 2, 2024 at 11:04 pm #

      Lisa- absolutely!

  3. April 3, 2024 at 4:44 am #

    what joy you are having, going through those “memories”.
    AND what joy your recipe sister receives when you a true lost gem.
    hugs and blessings for all around
    PS don’t forget those “Chocolatier” magazines. they were my favorite in their day.!

    • April 3, 2024 at 4:07 pm #

      Elaine, I always have the amazing Chocolatier magazines on my list of Culinary Cellar tasks to accomplish. They are already neatly stored on the shelves in special upright containers in order, not piled in boxes. I’m attempting to make more room in the cellar by sorting through many boxes that take up a lot of floor and shelf space. Chocolatiers will definitely be the center of attention in upcoming blogs!

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