Grandma’s mystery recipe notes

Here’s the last of my Grandma’s Recipes posts – maybe I’ll dig through her clippings again one day and find some more to share, but I’ll leave it here for now. These are pretty hard to top, anyway – Grandma’s mystery recipe notes. Or: potatoes and *what*?!

As I sifted through the pile, I set aside a few bits of paper with weird, seemingly random recipe notes jotted down on them. They were both really funny and, in some cases, potentially really worrying:

Casserole with potato chips?

Tuna, peas, and potato chips – can’t go wrong there, right?

And then there’s some that are just notes on whatever must’ve been convenient right then.

Tupperware party note

I especially like this one, and not just because it’s funny, though it is. I have to wonder if she actually remembered what she wanted to fill with cranberry sauce when she came across this note later. But really I just like imagining the Tupperware Party she was at, trading cooking ideas with friends and finding this one important enough to write down.

But these two had my mother and I practically in tears from laughing – what could they possibly be for? They’re two sides of the same card but sure seem to be two different recipes – or at least I really, really hope they are.


Lots of potatoes, lots of cheese, freeze. Very cryptic.

2 eggs whole

And this side is so vague it could be for practically anything sort of dough-based – but I particularly like how she’s specified that the eggs are to be *whole*.

Because that’s what could really screw the whole thing up if you got it wrong.

2 Comments on Grandma’s mystery recipe notes

  1. Heather HomeMaker
    December 1, 2011 at 20:35 (6 years ago)

    These are great! :) Just wondering… have you ever tried making any of these cryptic recipes to see what you end up with?

    • julie
      December 1, 2011 at 23:47 (6 years ago)

      Haha, no I haven’t! That would be pretty interesting, I bet! I did try her raisin bread recipe which, on the first try, came out black on the outside, completely uncooked on the inside. Blurgh. Luckily, I know just enough about bread to figure out that her notes were somehow in the wrong order and it came out wonderfully a few days later. I doubt that her frozen potatoes / cheese / fried onions mixture would do as well. :)


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