Recipe Cards


The "Date and Nut Bread" recipe takes up very little space in the actual cookbook as it is accompanied by two other recipes, emphasizing its simplicity. The list of ingredients is easy to understand and is composed of readily available foodstuffs like all-purpose flour, baking powder, eggs, and brown sugar. The method of preparation goes step by step, line by line, so it is incredibly easy to follow. A baking time and oven temperature are also included, as well as the number of loaves that will be produced and how the cook will know when they are ready. The only information missing is what the loaf looks like when it is done cooking. 

This recipe is one of the many bread recipes in the cookbook, emphasizing that bread was a staple in Mennonite diets in the 1960s. Furthermore, due to the simplicity of the recipe and the little time it takes to prepare, it is clear that bread was just one of many dishes Mennonites would prepare for a meal. When the bread was baking in the oven, the cook would simply move on and start preparing another dish for the same or another meal. 



"Corn and Salmon Loaf" is one of many salmon recipes included in this cookbook. The ingredients used in this recipe are typical foodstuffs that would have been found in most Canadian pantries in the 1960s. The most notable part of the ingredient list is the "1 lb. tin salmon" and "1 can corn," as this highlights that Canadian Mennonites also utilized packaged and prepared foods in their recipes. The recipe even specifies that the cook can "use one of the less expensive grades of salmon for this." This statement suggests that even more price-conscious readers could still make the dish and have the same results. 

When it comes to the actual preparation of the dish, just like most recipes in this cookbook, the instructions are clear and simple. This recipe could be easily made by anyone that knows how to read and perhaps that was the intent. This recipe demonstrates that the entire cookbook was designed so that women of all ages and cooking abilities could use it when preparing their family's meals. 


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