My great grandmother, Nettie Patchen Duncan, contributed to many community recipe projects. These are a few of her dishes.
She wasn’t big on directions.
We fixed Grandma’s mustard sauce every time we had ham. Okay, we rarely had ham, but this was required. Here’s Ruth Bressler Claycomb’s recipe card in her handwriting.
1/2 bottle French’s mustard (large half)
1 c sugar
2 Tbsp flour (rounded)
Mix above ingredients together.
1/2 c vinegar
1 c boiling water poured over 1 bouillon cube
1/4 c butter
Add liquid to dry ingredients – cook until thick – add butter.
My favorite part of this recipe is the 1/2 bottle of French’s mustard. Possibly it came in only one size then. It reminds me of Mom’s dear friend Adj’s recipe for Quick Tamale Pie – the ingredients include 1 15¢ bag Fritos. That’s about 1 1/2 Fritos at today’s prices.
THE birthday cake in our house was Mom’s Midnight Cake with the 7-minute frosting. A super dark chocolate cake with a fluffy white vanilla frosting. It was great when it was first made, but the next day, the frosting was slightly crystallized and I liked that even better!
This would be a perfect day for that cake!