Hand-me-down Recipes

People often speak fondly of “Gramma’s cooking.” The “Antique” section of  “Something Special Alaska Style,” a cookbook put together by the Chugiak Elementary Parent-Teacher Association nearly a half century ago has some examples.A recipe for “Know Nothings” cookies taken from an 1856 magazine was submitted by Velma Deavers. Ingredients are 1 cup butter, 1 cup sugar, ½ cup water, 1 teaspoon cream of tartar, ¼ teaspoon salt, nutmeg or spice to taste and flour sufficient to roll out and cut. After the mixture was rolled out and cut, Gramma apparently knew how long to cook it in a moderate oven; the recipe does not say.