Yesterday, I added pages to the blog about deltiology (postcard collecting). You can see them above here. Among my pages is on the Classifications and Genres of postcards. I’ve taken established categories, but added some of my own.
One category I added is recipe postcards. Like Food postcards, these feature a photograph of a dish that’s famous/infamous in the area. But recipe postcards have the actual recipe printed – normally on the front of the postcard.
I liked recipes postcards as a kid – odd as I never liked cooking. Now, I like to send them to my wife (who does like cooking – just not this).
“Southern Pecan Pie
1/4 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup dark Karo syrup
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups pecan halves
1-9 inch unbaked pie crust
Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy; add next 4 ingredients. Sprinkle pecans on bottom of pie shell, pour the filing over pecans. Bake at the 450 degress for 10 minutes, reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake 35 minutes longer. Outer edge of filling should be set, center slightly soft or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.”
What’s Karo syrup? I had to look it up – it’s some sort of American type of corn syrup. I’ve never seen Karo Syrup in Canada, but it’s for sale in the U.S. and has an amazing collection of pecan pie recipes!
Here’s the back side:
“We are in St. Augustine tonight. You just have to take this trip. It is the mostest[?]. Today it was 76 degrees in Disney World. We are both fine. Hope you are too. Wish you were here. Love X.”
This was sent in 1976 from Florida to my grandma who lived in Alma, Ontario. The stamp is no doubt missing as my brother steamed it off (he collects stamps – it was always a battle over postcards).
Recipe postcards seem like a great idea, but I’ve never heard of anyone actually making a dish based on a postcard recipe. Southern pecan pie is one of my favourite dishes in the world (particularly if a generous amount of bourbon has been added to the mix). So I’ll happily sample any attempts to create this dish.