Friday, 1 January 2016

Kinloss Cookbook Ads

To those with a longer history than me of Reston, the ads reprinted below from the Kinloss Ladies' Club Cookbook may be of more interest than the recipes!  

Rick remembers that Adam's Taxi and Shoe Repair was in a tiny little shop just south of where the Dennis County Cafe is today.  It was originally a harness repair shop but with the decline of business due to mechanization, began fixing shoes instead.

Kinloss Cookbook 1959

This cookbook that was published by the Kinloss Ladies' Club in 1959 was recently sent to me from Lee (Boulton) Beck from Regina.  Randy's Mom, Merle Cassell Boulton was on the executive of this club according to the first page, pictured above.  It is interesting to note not one married woman has her first name as part of her identity in this book, she is Mrs. Edwin Boulton.  I wonder when this custom changed and how?  

Above are a couple of pages from the Breads section.  

The recipe at the left at the top was submitted by Merle's mother, Agnes Coburn Cassell. The guide on the right to cooking for 50 people is interesting.  I am trying to picture "1 peck" of mashed potatoes though!

Mrs. Les Boulton was Ruth Elizabeth Howden and Lee Beck's mother. The recipe seems so familiar, I will have to try it although letting it set for 10 hours before using will be a challenge! 

The Curtis' were good friends and neighbours to the Boultons and Mrs. Leo (Lucille) Curtis' sister-in-law Jenetta (Mrs. D.F. Curtis) was the president of the club in 1959 and no doubt the driving force behind this cookbook.  "Jenny" as we called her was like a Grandma to my boys when they were little and the mother-in-law I never had.  She was the original Kindergarten teacher at Reston Elementary School and knew how to serve a stiff cup of coffee! She is remembered so fondly and missed.

This one one recipe I had to try.  Randy's Grandmother Elsie Bushby Boulton was Mrs. T.E. and was a little English lady who seems to suit this cake.  We looked a few places in Brandon but finally found currants at our own Reston Fine Foods.  I have discovered that these currants are the dried version of a certain kind of grape and the currants that grew at the farm were picked and used for jellies.  

I don't recall ever trying anything like Apple Dumplings as in the recipe above from Jean Boulton Elliott.  Maybe that will be my next challenge.

The final recipe for this blog post is Merle's Floating Pudding.  This sounds delicious too.  I will have to check with Google on how to carmalize brown sugar though!

Thanks so much to Lee for sharing this with me and it will later be placed in the Reston Museum to be shared with future generations.