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The Old Metal Box

Updated on November 16, 2012

Carol loved Watkins products and fresh produce.


Old Family Favorites

I knew my sister-in-law loved to cook. However, what I did not know was that she had collected thousands of recipes throughout the years. Some were cut from magazines, some were found in books, while others were simply written on scraps of paper. These scraps of paper not only provide delicious and easy to fix meals and desserts, they are family heirlooms handed down from mother to daughter, they are gifts from family and friends, they are Carol's tribute to good eating and good times. She once told me that she would like to gather up all of these recipes and put them in a book. However, the years rolled by, but she never fulfilled her dream. And now that she has passed on to that great kitchen in the sky, I would like her legacy to continue. Although I do not know the people who wrote these marvelous recipes, I do know they were cherished favorites because I found them in an envelope inside an old tin box. I would now like to share 3 desserts which she talked about often for starters, written just the way I found them.

Recipe number 1:

Unbaked Cheese Cake


1 8oz. pkg. cream cheese

1/4 Tablespoon butter or margarine (Carol liked to use butter)

1 cup sugar

1 cup boiling water

1 pkg. lemon jello

1 cup crushed pineapple

1 pint whipped cream

Cover the bottom of a large (13x9x2) baking dish with graham cracker crumbs mixed with melted butter and a little sugar.

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water; add crushed pineapple and chill until slightly thick. Cream together cream cheese, butter, and sugar. When gelatin mixture is thickened a little, add cream cheese mixture.

Whip the cream until it holds a peak. Fold into other ingredients. Chill at least 3 hours, or overnight. Good Luck!

Recipe number 2:

Hard Candy


2 cups sugar

1/2 cup white syrup (possibly white Karo syrup)

1/2 cup water

Mix together and boil until a string will crack. Add color and 1 teaspoon flavoring (I think any kind will do). Pour on cookie sheet covered with powdered sugar. Break into pieces when cool.

Recipe number 3:

Rock Candy


2 cups sugar

1/2 cup water

3/4 cup corn syrup

Boil ingredients to 310 degrees or until hard-crack stage.

Remove from heat and add color. Color can be as light or dark as you wish. Add 1 teaspoon fruit flavoring and Anise (does not say how much) or 1/2 teaspoon all other flavorings (does not say how many). Pour on foil which has been sprinkled with powfered sugar to prevent sticking. When hard, break into small pieces with the back of a table knife. Enjoy!


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      Brenda Krupnow 7 years ago from Bradenton, Florida

      I've never tried "frozen alad" but I'll bet it's good. Would you mind sharing the recipe?

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      john 7 years ago

      this sure is good to see. My Mother had a favorite recipe box, plus other cookbooks. I remember her making hard candy

      and "frozen salad" at Christmas. It had fruit and likely cream cheese and such in it.

      Good memories

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      Brenda Krupnow 7 years ago from Bradenton, Florida

      Yes they are, and this is sort of a tribute to Carol, who saved all of her mom's recipes and hers, but never got around to putting them all together. Now I'm doing it for her since she passed away last October.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Finding and preserving those old time family recipes are a treasure!