The Cupboard Drawer Recipe Book

The Cupboard Drawer Recipe Book, was first published in September 1988 by my Father Mel Ellis, from recipes that literally were in the cupboard drawer that had been collected over the years by my Mom, Dorothy Ellis. They represent tried and true family style cooking. The copyrights to this were recently given to me by my mom who is now 86 and by choice living in an assisted living home in Aurora, Illinois. Below is the original forward written in 1988 by my Dad…

Dorothy Ellis
Dorothy Ellis


Historically, all good recipes have been created in the kitchen by trial and error; and emerge as palatable dishes which please the author’s taste and senses. Over periods of time, alternatives occur which please the fancy and tastes desires of other cooks and are recorded in some form some where.

My wife, Dorothy, over a period of some forty years, has collected recipes which were pleasing to her tastes. They come from many sources such as friends, family, or wherever she sees a recipe that she could modify and save. They are all good quality and provide the most succulent edibles.

Dorothy’s collection has come written in many forms, such as clippings, typed or handwritten notes that appear on every imaginable kind of paper; although we have not found any written on paper towels.(We’re still looking though).

The various sizes and shapes of the notes have caused a filing problem. Hence the bundle is stored away in a cupboard drawer, dresser drawer, desk drawer, boxes under the bed, or any easy out of place site for when company comes to visit. For this reason, “The Cupboard Drawer Recipe Book” has been compiled to provide a standardized and easy to follow format. This may be kept in a notebook or as published in a spiral bound book. A Categorical Index is provided for ease in locating recipes when desired.

Dorothy’s collection has provided many delectable treats for both family and friends. Credits are shown for the authors who are known; other wise they have been lost to history and we are unable to credit them.

Please Note that calorie counts have not been included. You must judge that while you ENJOY!

Mel Ellis

September 1988

2009 Update

In the twenty one years since it was published this book of recipes has earned it’s place on the kitchen shelf hundreds of time over, used both by Zena, my Warrior Princess, and me; even more so since she passed away. I will be updating some of the recipes since many of the originals were written before microwaves, and many of the advances in modern cookware and techniques. Some ingredients are harder, if not impossible to find, but were commonplace when the recipe was written. So look for some of my update notes.

One other significant note here. This is a recipe book, not a cookbook. There are no special techniques here, no procedures to be taught, if you need that there are many on the market and I commend them to you. This is a recipe book for the person that knows their way around the family kitchen and wants good solid stick to your ribs food. I continue the tradition of doing no calorie counting here as it goes against the grain, but on the exceptionally rich recipes I will warn you it’s not for those who have to count them.

I will be including also some of my Dad’s recipes (he was a good cook also) and some of my own and Zena’s to the legacy; and thus I advise you in the Spirit of the Ellis Family, DO ENJOY!

Copyright 2009 Richmond Hill, Ga All rights reserved

Also I am not a paid spokesman for any products advertised on the published pages.

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breakfastpop 7 years ago

Dear Hmrjmr,

This is a treasure trove of wonderful recipes. I already printed a few of them, and made some of them, but i am thrilled. Thanks so much for sharing.

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Bpop thanks so much for your loyal following here, I was thinking it might be handy to have an index so you could browse when you're wondering what to cook for the day, Do Enjoy!!

Carolyn Mincey 7 years ago

What a beautiful Mother you had and some wonderful recipes.

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thanks Carolyn - Appreciate your stopping By Do Enjoy!

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2uesday 7 years ago

Some great recipe names,I will bookmark this hub and take a look at them. Thanks, lots of ideas here.

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

2uesday - Thanks for stopping by and Do Enjoy...

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salt 7 years ago from australia

Alot of work and love put in here.

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Salt- Thank you for commenting, it made me stop and think about that and you are right, Dot and Mel did when they first put it together and I so as I update it and republish it here. Hope it comes through in the cooking and that you...Do Enjoy!

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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

What a gem of a collection. Glad I found it through my friend trish1048 here on HubPages. I love both food and the stories behind it. I'm going to have a great time going through these tempting recipes.

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Sally - So Glad you Like it Do Enjoy!!,,More on the way...

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Faybe Bay 7 years ago from Florida

I knew I liked you. Recipes from the cupboard. I have many of my Grandmother's favorites stored away as they are too fragile to read. I'll just have to try yours. Funny, you looked so sneaky in forum. I knew you were hiding something behind those shades.

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Faybe Bay - Don't think you can beat Old School Food! Thanks for stopping by and Do Enjoy!!

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pinkylee 7 years ago

i will def be trying some of these out... mama finally passed some of her recipies down to me that have been passed down from my grandma. i was truly thrilled when she did because i had been asking her forever (this has been some years ago)

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Glad to share them with you Pinky Do Enjoy!!

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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago

Congratulations on being picked for this week´s interview and I like your recipes. I have just read the one for muffins and will probably make them. Good work.

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

HB5356 - Thanks for stopping by and Do enjoy!!

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Just Ask Susan 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What an amazing collection. Bookmarked so I can come back again and again to read them all. Thanks so much this!

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gr82bme 6 years ago from USA

Wow, these all look great! I don't know where to start and we get them all free. Thank you so much for sharing.

Will vote up,bookmark and share.

Happy New Year to you and yours


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Susan - Thanks for Stopping by so glad you like them Do Enjoy!

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Tina - Thanks so much for stopping by, commenting and sharing, Do Enjoy!

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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina

This page is getting bookmarked for future use. However, after reading the titles for the recipes alone and I'm feeling a sudden urge to raid the kitchen. Excellent article that should come with the warning label that reads: Will provoke uncontrollable hunger! LOL.

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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

WK Hayes - Welcome to the 'Jam Side' and Do Enjoy!

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