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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cookbook Wednesday | Recipes from Nittany Valley

Recipes from Nittany Valley | 1950
This March I will be celebrating my sixth year of owning a house in Pennsylvania. For those of you who are new to this blog, you missed a few years of me driving back and forth from New York to Pennsylvania before I was finally able to call Nittany Valley, Pennsylvania my new home.
Nittany Valley PA
The word Nittany [Nit-A-Nee] in the Native American Algonquian language means single mountain. Basically Nittany Valley is bordered by two mountains, Bald Eagle Mountain and Mount Nittany, which also borders Penns Valley. Nittany Valley is a mixture of farmland; mostly dairy farms, woods and a number of working and abandoned lime quarries.
Nittany Valley PA
If you’re a college football fan, chances are you have heard of State College, Pennsylvania home of the Nittany Lions. Penn. State University lies at the southern end of the Nittany and Penn's Valleys. That area is sometimes referred to as "Happy Valley". The cookbook I am going to share with you today is titled Recipes from Nittany Valley compiled by the Women’s Society of Christian Service at the Lamar Methodist Church. It is a first edition published in 1950. Unfortunately, I’m not familiar enough with the neighborhood to know whether this church is still standing. There is, however, a Methodist church down the road from me in Lamar, but it looks too new considering the church referred to in the book was built in 1852. Actually, the book does offer a brief history of Lamar but I still haven’t explored the notes in depth enough to feel comfortable sharing them with you…
The first recipe I’ve chosen to share is Chocolate Fudge Cake. I thought it was interesting because not only does it include a leavening ingredient you don’t see in many recipes anymore, Cream of Tartar, but also 3/4 cup of boiling water! I don’t see that often either. Although, as you know, I’m not much of a baker:) I’m guessing but, because this recipe includes Cream of Tartar, it has probably been around a while since prepackaged baking powder wasn’t available until the 1860s. But, don’t quote me on this. Baking is most definitely not my forte:)
Chocolate Fudge Cake 1950
I’ve read many a cookbook in my time and never, ever have I seen a recipe called Dagmore Cake! It must be unusual, a google search didn’t bring up one recipe. That’s right, not one!!! Introducing…Dagmore Cake!
Dagmore Cake | 1950
I got such a kick out of this recipe, I just had to share:) Wouldn’t a rendition be just perfect for April Fool’s Day, lol…
Turkey Dinner | A fun recipe from 1950
I can’t even imagine what these Jersey Cherries would taste like. Can you?
Hersey Cherries Recipe | 1950
And, for the Finale,
But wait…I have found many treasures tucked inside cookbooks through the years. Once or twice I even found a few dollars:) Nothing to run to the bank with but who knows it may have been those saved dollars that were meant for a loaf of bread or a sweet for the kiddies:) This book had its cherished memory too. I’d like to share it with you.
White Layer Cake
You just can't put a price on such a treasure can you:) Next week will be the last Cookbook Wednesday for a while. My plan is to post a sort of round-up of all the cookbooks that I have shared since I believe it was October and those you have shared for Cookbook Wednesday. It will also be a time where you can link any cookbook you have ever shared on your blog. The only thing I ask is that the post includes a picture of the book, a review, a recipe or all three!!! It doesn't matter when you posted it as long as those things are included. If you can squeeze the logo in, that's fine. If not, not to worry:) "See" you Sunday, Louise:) T.W. if you're reading this, Happy Birthday!!! Marion Update: Marion is doing fantabulous! She says thank you for all your prayers and she's getting all geared up for garage sale..ing:)
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I'm linking this post to Dagmar's Thrifty and Vintage Link Party I just discovered while preparing today's linky. It looks like FUN!
Dagmar's Home Thrifty and Vintage link party featured

55 comments:

  1. This is such a priceless book Louise! I love reading old recipes. I may try some of them to see! You live in a beautiful place! Have a great day my friend!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it Katerina. I was just over at your place, your Pizza looks amazing!!!

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  2. You live in such a pretty part of the world! I haven't spent a lot of time there, but some -- back in the day I was a college textbook acquisitions editor, so of course I've visited Penn State several times. Anyway, I love church cookbooks, and this one looks to be a winner. Glad Marion is getting along better! I'm thankful for that, and this fun post.

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    1. It really is beautiful here John which is the reason why I fell in love with it when my kids went to Penn State. Don't get me wrong, upstate New York is quite pretty too as is Long Island but, Long Island doesn't have mountains:) I know collectors who only collect church cookbooks. They are favorites of mine also. Marion is doing great, thanks John and thanks for visiting...

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  3. I love that the recipes are hand written, which you don't see very often even in community cookbooks like this one. Thanks for the virtual tour of your valley.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed them, Linda. You're right, hand written recipes aren't often found in today's cookbooks. Too bad actually:)

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  4. I really like the fact that they didn't get out their trusty Remington and type these up, but copied them in each submitter's handwritten form! Those recipes are indeed wonderful, as is the letter and recipe you found tucked away. That is something that will be sad in 100 years, the lack of handwritten letters tucked away for future generations to find. Sorry you'll be discontinuing Cookbook Wednesday after next week, but I'll keep on posting about my cookbooks, because it will make me write about them! So your cute logo will live on in my little corner of the world, anyway.

    I like your pictures of Nittany Valley. We were struck the first time we ventured there at just how pretty it was, and struck anew when we took Ryan there in August. I can't believe it's already been 6 years since you first bought that house - it seems like just a year or 2! How time flies. *sigh* I must be getting old.

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    1. You are so right, Marjie. However, I find that hand written recipes amke wonderful gifts so I try to give them as gifts when people ask for a personal recipe they remember from times past. My niece just asked me for one the other day so I mailed it to her snail mail, lol...

      I'm delighted to hear you will continue with Cookbook Wednesday! I should see if there is anyway you can use the linky:)

      I know, it seems like I just moved here. Time does fly!!!

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  5. Oh, dear! I really outdid myself inserting my thumbnail!:-) How do we remove two of those?

    I'd love to have a book like this one, Louise! It is absolutely irreplaceable! xo

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    1. You did GREAT Nellie. Not to worry, all fixed! Thanks for joining!!!

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  6. Hi Louise .
    What a beautiful place you live in , so lush and green . Your part of the country is just so beautiful .
    What a wonderful cookbook , so different from others , the first I seen handwritten and the recipes sounds so delicious .
    Got to try them , they are sort , sweet and too the point . Great find my friend . I am definitely going to try the Dagmore cake , so I can invite guests over just to say the name (giggles ) .

    Thanks for the update on Marion , I know she will have a ball at the garage sale . Thanks so much for sharing :) Nee

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    1. It is pretty Nee especially when everything is green. Although, it looks pretty in Winter too. I hope you bake that Dagmore Cake, I'm so curious about it. Let me know if you do:)

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  7. Hi Louise,
    You really aren't that far from my brother & sister-in-law in Lancaster, or from Hawk Mountain where we visited with them last October! Such beautiful countryside. The recipes look very traditional, but appealing, and surprisingly different from the Amish cooking found at the Lancaster farmers' market and thereabouts. Thanks for linking my blog post... I guess I should try for one cookbook that's not from a mainstream publisher, maybe next week for the wrap-up of Cookbook Weds.
    best... mae

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    1. You're rright, Mae. Lancaster isn't that far away. I haven't made the trip yet since moving here but I've been their quite a few times. As for the food, there's plenty of Amish food right here in central PA! You are more than welcome. Thank you for joining in. Any book you share will be wonderful I'm sure:)

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  8. Many people on my blog say that they want to visit Italy. Well I say I want to visit America! I have only been to New York years ago so I basically haven't seen anything yet and it is such a big country too! So much to see!
    I love these photos you have posted, the countryside looks stunning! (just what we watch on American films over here!).
    All the old recipes you find are so intriguing Louise. Great book! xx

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    1. Come on over, Alida!!! I'll give you a tour:)

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  9. Hi Louise,

    ...and Happy Birthday to Marion!!! I have been to NY and see a huge difference between Pennsylvania and NY. I have to say each has its own beauty because I can't help to say that I really really really love NY :p Btw, we have plans to visit US again this year and most likely, I like to bring my son to the Disneyland at LA. I have been to Disneyland before but reckon the trip will totally different with my son :D

    Sorry that I don't have a lot to contribute to your vintage cookbook collection. I have started cooking a lot 5 years ago and started buying cookbooks only 5 years ago... Way to go for me :p

    Zoe

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    1. Way to go to you for sure, Zoe. Just keep adding to that collection!!! Disneyland will be a wonderful experience for your family Zoe. When are you coming to the US?

      There is much difference between New York City and Pennsylvania but upstate New York is not as different. Thanks for visiting Zoe...Who knows, maybe I'll see you when you visit too:)

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  10. Dear Louise,
    What a treasure! This cookbook is awesome. I love the hand written recipes and they are so different. It is true you don't see Cream of Tartar much anymore, as it is a stabilizer for egg whites when making meringues or meringue toppings. It gives the egg whites the stiff peaks. I am been to PA many times, and my niece Lauren is going to ESU in Pa. It truly is beautiful country and it looks like from your photos you are in the heart of Nittany Valley. I love these recipes, they look like fun, one even has an ingredient that I remember from many years ago called Spry. (like Crisco) So happy that Marion is doing well if she wants to go garage saleing then she is really better. God Bless her...Thanks for sharing these priceless books and recipes with us..Have a blessed day!
    Dottie :)

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    1. I didn't realize you came to PA so often Dottie. ESU is about 3 hours away from me. I'm so glad you enjoyed this book. I only wish I could have shared more recipes. Some of them are so hard to make out the hand writing, lol...But, the hand written recipes is what makes it special:) Marion is doing GREAT, thanks Dottie:)

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  11. Thanks so much or linking up to my link party! How odd that the cake is called Dagmore cake - since my name is Dagmar :)

    Dagmar - Dagmar's Home

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    1. That's right Dagmar. What a coincidence! Thank YOU for hosting!!!

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  12. Fun to see the hand written recipes, Louise. I have a friend who wants to do an entire cookbook (for her family) copying all her mother and grandmother's recipes..all handwritten. I hope if she ever does it, she'll give me a copy! I love those old cookbooks. I didn't scan in a photo of Wood's book, but if I have time, will do so.

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    1. Hand written recipes are always such fun Barbara. How wonderful to learn your friends is going to make an entire family cookbook with persaonalized recipes all hand written. I wouldn't mind a copy myself, lol...

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  13. Hello Louise,

    I love your vintage cookbook collection! Looks impressive!
    Photos look lovely too, soo good!

    PS. I'm organizing a chocolate contest on my bilingual blog. Maybe you'd like to join us? :)

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    1. Hi Marcela,
      Thank you so much for the Chocolate Contest invite. I'm going to see what I can do to jon. It sounds like FUN!!!

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  14. What beautiful place you live Louise!
    Look beautiful!
    I love old book recipes!
    Likecalways a really fun and interesting post!
    Hugs to you and Marion:)

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    1. It is a lovely place, Gloria. Marion and I really like it:) So glad you enjoyed this post. it was fun to share:)

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  15. oh wow! Thank you so much for your comment! You just saved my english post ;) Turned out that I forgot to type an english title, that's why the newest recipe didn't come up ;)

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  16. I love looking at old cookbooks. This one looks like it's fully of great recipes. The Turkey dinner dessert is quite funny - I have a feeling my kids would love it.

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    1. Certainly a kid friendly Turkey Dinner, Pam. I was thinking it might be a good one for April Fool's Day!!!

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  17. Gorgeous! I love those hand written recipes!!! Maybe you could do Cookbook Wednesdays once a month?

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    1. What a GREAT idea, Pam. I just may do that! Thanks for the suggestions:)

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  18. Hi, Louise!
    Your pictures brought back wonderful memories of our honeymoon in the Poconos in Pennsylvania back in 1972. We were near the Pennsylvania Dutch area. I wish I had bought one of their cookbooks at the time.
    Cream of Tartar is handy for making meringues - also for cleaning scorched pots. Yes, I’ve used it for both reasons :-)
    Happy Birthday, Marion!! So glad she is doing well!

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    1. Oh so many of us spent our honeymoon in the Poconos way back when, Margaret. Now, I'm wondering whether pople still do? Which cookbook do you wish you would have bought? Marion is doing fabulous!

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  19. I love this cookbook. The Chocolate Fudge cake sounds great:) you live in a beautiful part of the country. One of my favorites.

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    1. It's one of my favorites too, Geraldine...

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  20. Hi ~~Louise~~...
    That Turkey dinner looks so delicious! And so funny!
    I have a lot of recipes that were handwritten...
    At one of my wedding showers, a group of my Mom's friends all gave me handwritten favorite recipes!
    I still have them! If you like anything in a jello mold...I've got lots! hahaha!
    Enjoy your day...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. What a treasure, Linda. One day Miss. V will have all those Jell-O recipes:)

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  21. So interesting! Thanks for sharing the recipe of the 'unknown' cake...I'll try it asap!

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    1. Welcome, Eleonora,
      Thanks for stopping by. So glad you enjoyed in this post and the recipe!

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  22. Hi Louise, you live in a beautiful place. This cookbook is such fun, and the Dagmore cake is intriguing.

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    1. Hi Gaye, thanks. It sure is a "purty" place:) I'd love to try that Dagmore Cake. Bake it at least...

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  23. The Dagmore Cake cracks me up! The name is as good as Hot Ziggities. I like the turkey dinner too. Maybe I should serve that for Thanksgiving this year!

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  24. What a delightful cookbook! Thanks for sharing it with us. And THAT is a turkey dinner the Knight might like... maybe? ;)

    So glad to hear Marion is feeling better and planning her "sale-ing" season!

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  25. Louise, you are truly in a lovely part of Pennsylvania. Love your cookbook Wednesday this week!

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  26. I also delight in buying old cookbooks, and have found many treasures in them! Once a two dollar bill! However the handwritten recipes are my favorite! Your book is a treasure, Louise!
    I was laughing out loud while reading the turkey dinner! So funny!
    Glad to hear Marion is doing well! Happy weekend! Hugs!

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  27. whata great cookbook,
    btw, i wish you enjoying your new place my friend....

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  28. Aren't church cookbooks the greatest? I think half the recipes we ate growing up were from them! Love the little drawings on the bottom of some of these!

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  29. Hi Louise,
    Thank you for sharing all your cookbook collections. I've not seen handwritten recipes ... indeed must be of great sentimental value. Sorry that I couldn't contribute much of cookbooks to 'Cookbook Wednesday' blog-hop event. ... as I have only a few cookbooks. Thank you Louise. ... for taking your time in organizing the blog-hop event. Yes, I like the logo.
    Great to know Marion is doing well too ^-^!

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  30. What an interesting post Louise, so much information.

    The place you're been living in looks so beautiful. I long for a day when I'm going to live in a more tranquil area, but it needs to be a warmer place :))

    ps.: thanks for remind me about Marcela contest, I forgot to link my last chocolate recipe to it.

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  31. Louise , it looks like you're living in such a tranquil and beautiful place ! How far is the supermarket from your place ? I would love to live in a place like that but it needs to be near a supermarket :D I think some Asian cake recipes still uses cream of tartar , one Japanese cheesecake recipe that I made last time calls for that particular ingredient .

    Glad that Marion is doing well and gearing for the garage sale ?! I love garage sale , wish I could just pop up and check out the all the goodies lol

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  32. Yummy. With so much cold, Irish Coffee, sounds like a good treat.

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  33. This blog was... how do you say it? Relevant!!
    Finally I've found something that helped me. Appreciate it!

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise