Sunday, September 26, 2010


From a newspaper clipping found in the recipe box of Loretta Livingston of Vancouver, WA.Originally published in the Columbian ; contributor/author unknown.

Chocolate pieces may be substituted for 2 ounces of unsweetened chocolate.

1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
2 squares semi-sweet chocolate, melted
1/2 cup sifted confectioners sugar
2 teaspoons milk

To make chocolate portion: In top of double boiler over boiling water blend sugar and egg. Heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick and lemon colored.  Remove from heat; add butter and chocolate. Stir occasionally until butter melts.  Chill until of spreading consistency. Spread chocolate frosting on top and sides of cooled cake.  Then combine confectioners sugar and milk and beat untill smooth; spread lightly over chocolate frosting on top of cake.  With spatula lightly draw line to form design.  Makes enough to frost one 9 x 13 - inch loaf cake.

Welcome to Pam's Recipe Box!

I wanted to name my blog "Grandma's Recipe Box", but apparently that was taken.  So, as the title of the blog implies, my name is Pam and this is a blog about my recipe box. I actually do have a recipe box ... you know one of those little metal boxes that hold 3 by 5 index cards.... I know it's here somewhere..... but these days my recipes are actually stored online  in "my recipebox" at Epicurious. And a couple of other food websites that I frequent. 

But this isn't just about food and recipes. While you will find some recipes here, keep in mind that recipes aren't the only thing stored in a recipe box.  Fair warning!

More about this later!
Hugs, Pam

Pandora's Box: Girls Will be Girls

My grandmother was born in the midwest, near the Pine Ridge Agency, in 1905. It was the same month that her dad established a post office on his claim.  She lived to be 95. A few years after my grandmother's passing, I was given a couple of her recipe boxes.  While these boxes do contain recipes, they are actually more like a journal . . . a collection of snippets of things important enough to her to save.   These days, many of us save these notes, receipts, clippings and records of our existance to a file on a computer . . . and some of us to a blog to be shared with the world, rather than an humble metal box.  With this in mind I'll be typing in some of Grandma's recipes and other things that she thought important enough to keep, and share them with you.  Like her,  I also enjoy cooking,  sewing, and gardening, which are the topics most often found on all those little scraps of paper. So I plan to share some of my own favorite snippets, too.

These days, my own recipes are typically stored at, and quite often to the hard drive on my computer.  Some things do change.

The first recipe/newspaper clippings that I pulled out of the box was one for CHOCOLATE-VANILLA RIPPLE FROSTING.  I'm sure this was published in and clipped from the local newspaper that she read in Vancouver, WA . . . if I recall correctly it was the COLUMBIAN, but there wasn't a date or any of the header showing.   Anyway, as I pulled out the first scrap of paper from the box,  the recipe side was actually facing down. On the back of the recipe was an advertisement for "Jumbo Mediterranean Scampis" at Vancouver's Special Occasion Restraurant.  Yum!  But just below this ad was another (or a piece of it anyway) for "Pandora" followed by the words "girls will be girls!"  

Have I opened Pandora's Box?  Check back and see!