S: Favorite Recipes from Grandma Story
FC: Favorite Recipes from Grandma Story
1: Grandma Story was a gentle woman who was loved by all. Her home was always open to any friends, family, or neighbors who might stop by. And those who came to visit would most certainly receive something delicious to eat while they visited. A while ago I asked the family to name their favorite recipes--the ones that bring memories of Grandma to mind at the mention of their name. Upon compiling the list, I then asked Grandma if she would write those recipes down for us. This summer after she passed away, we found the requested recipes, written in her own handwriting, tucked into one of her many cookbooks. Those treasured recipes are contained in this book. I also had the privilege of sitting down with Grandma on several occasions and writing down the stories she shared with me. I have retold those stories in this book to the best of my ability. As her family, may we keep these recipes and stories close to our hearts; and as we do, may we each possess a portion of Grandma Story's gentle spirit and hospitality toward the loved ones in our lives. --Shannon | Favorite Recipes from Grandma Story | Geneva Irene Goskie * 13 years old * 1937
2: Grandma Story's grandmother taught her to make these cookies, which became a favorite of the great-grandchildren and which they called "Grandma Story cookies." Grandma's grandmother lived in a little two-room log cabin. She always had a bowl of biscuits on the table and the floor boards in the cabin were white from being scrubbed with lye soap. Grandma loved to spend the night at her grandmother's house when she was a little girl. Her grandmother had a special china doll that she would let Grandma play with when she would come over. | Grandma's mother used to make raisin pies when she was a young girl.
3: This photo was taken in the summer of 1938 at the county fair in Benton, Illinois just before she found out she was expecting their first child. | On Valentine’s Day, 1938, Grandma attended the funeral of her cousin’s baby. Grandpa Story, who was not from that area, was there helping to dig the grave. One of Grandma's cousins pointed him out to her and said, “There’s a boyfriend for you.” Grandma replied that she would never go with that “dark-complected boy.” A few weeks later, Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church up on the hill was having a revival. It was Grandma’s 14th birthday, and she went to the revival services that night. Afterwards, Thelma and Daisy told her that Grandpa wanted to walk her home; however since it was cold outside, they all rode the wagon home together instead. When they got back to Grandma’s house, Grandpa picked her up and went to “put her under the bed.” But when he did, her leg hit the stove pipe and she burned her leg. That was how they first met. (There was a tradition back then that on your birthday, friends and family would try to grab you and “put you under the bed.” This could happen several times throughout your birthday depending how many times they could catch you.) The revival lasted for three weeks and Grandma and Grandpa attended the church services every night of those three weeks, except for one. Grandpa was living about 10 miles away and would walk the 10 miles each day to attend the services and see Grandma. On the one night he missed the revival service, he had gone back to his hometown, Whittington, to get his suit so they could get married. They were married on March 26, 1938.
4: Taken at Grandma Coursey's house (Neal's grandmother) in 1941; Diane was just a baby. | Grandma and Grandpa moved 5 times the first year they were married. They owned a 3/4-sized bed, a dresser, a table, a stove and a pig. Grandpa made benches so they could sit at the table for their meals. Three months after they were married, Grandpa made arrangements to move them to Whittington. They moved into a small unfinished house. Grandma had just found out she was pregnant and she was homesick. She would lie on the bed crying and see mice jumping around on the floor; she was miserable. Finally they saved up $2 for her to take the train from Whittington to Olive Branch where she was able to stay with her family for two weeks.
7: 1949 with Joyce, Diane and Patsy | Times were tough and money was scarce. Grandpa's mother made Grandma's first maternity dress for her. It cost 15 cents for three yards of material. A loaf of bread cost 5 cents and Grandma could buy a week's worth of groceries for $5. Grandpa would find extra jobs to do to pick up extra money so they could drive down home to visit her family.
8: Pie Crust 4 c. flour 1 2/3 c shortening 2 tsp salt 1Tbsp sugar 1 egg, slightly beaten 1 Tbsp vinegar 1/2 c cold water Mix flour, shortening, sugar, and salt until crumbly, about the size of peas. Mix egg, vinegar, and water together. Add to flour mixture and mix well. Place in refrigerator until chilled before rolling out. Makes 4 (9-in.) pie shells or 2 double crust pies. Note: Will keep in refrigerator for a week if kept wrapped in plastic wrap. (Taken from Mission to Cook--Bethel FWB Cookbook) | 1951
9: Chocolate Pie 1/4 c. cornstarch 3 TBsp margarine 1 c. sugar 1 tsp vanilla 3 Tbsp cocoa 1 9-in.baked pie shell 2 1/2 c milk 3 egg yolks, slightly beaten Mix first five ingredients together and cook until thick. Turn off heat and add margarine and vanilla. Stir until well mixed. Pour in baked pie shell. Top with meringue or whipped cream. (Taken from the Mission to Cook--Bethel FWB Cookbook) | To help make ends meet, Grandma would do extra work for people. During duck and goose season, she would clean the birds for the hunters. Sometimes she would sew for others as well; she would get $2 for making a dress. At other times, she would iron for people and would earn $6 for a big basket of clothes which usually would take all day to complete. This money would allow her to purchase material to make the girls clothes or occasionally a special treat from the ice cream truck.
12: Christmas 1955, Hartford, Illinois | Grandpa moved the family up to Hartford in 1955. Grandma was pregnant with Karen when they moved. That fall, Grandpa got laid off from his job. He sold some of his things so the girls could have a Christmas tree. He wanted to move back down home, but Grandma put her foot down and said that Patsy, who was in 6th grade and had been in five different schools, didn't need to change schools again. The people of Bethel Church brought over two barrels of oil for their oil heater. Shorty Buster and Wallace Malone prayed that Grandpa would get a job. Two days later he got a job working on the river. They ended up staying in Hartford for the next 20 years.
13: The house on Cherry Street, Hartford, Illinois, 1963
14: Camping and fishing at Horseshoe Lake, Olive Branch, IL | When the girls were little, Grandpa Story would go fishing down on the river. Patsy didn't like to fish, but Joyce would often go with him. They would then all drive to Mt. Vernon to sell the fish. When in Mt.Vernon, they would stay at Grandpa Story's mother's house. After the girls grew up, Grandma and Grandpa would often go camping at Horseshoe Lake with their friends Ed and LeVerrne Boswell.
15: Blackberry Dumplings 2 qt fresh blackberries 2 c water Sugar 1 Tbsp cornstarch Wash blackberries. Cook with water and add sugar to reach desired sweetness. Cook until berries are done. Dissolve cornstarch in 2 tbsp water and add to berries. Cook another 3 to 5 minutes. Make up dumplings, drop into berries. Do not stir. Cook on low heat turning dumplings over in sauce until dumplings are done. (Grandma's original recipe was never written down. This is a close adaptation.) | 1997
16: Jellies (This is the way Grandma taught me to make jelly. Depending on the type of jelly you are making, make up the juice according to the recipes on the facing page, then follow the directions below.) Pour juice into saucepan (if recipe calls for lemon juice, add it at this time); add fruit pectin, stirring continuously. Bring to a full boil. Gradually add sugar, stirring well to dissolve. Bring back to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil for a full two minutes. (A tsp of butter may be added during cooking to reduce foaming.) Pour into hot jars to about 1/4 in from top. Screw on lids and invert on a towel for 5 minutes. Return jars upright and let cool for 24-hours. | 2007
17: Apple Jelly 4 lbs apples 7 cups sugar 4 cups water 1 pack SureJell (fruit pectin) Wash and cut up apples into small pieces without peeling or coring. Add water and simmer for about 10 minutes, covered. Crush fruit with a masher and simmer for another 5 minutes. Strain juice through cloth or jelly bag to make 5 cups of juice. (If a little short on juice, you may add water.) | Elderberry Jelly 3 lbs of berries 4 1/2 cups sugar small amount of water 4 Tbsp lemon juice 1 pack of SureJell (fruit pectin) Wash, remove stems, crush and simmer berries with small amount of water for about 10 minutes, covered. Strain juice through cloth or jelly bag to yield 3 cups of juice. | Grape Jelly 3 lbs grapes 6 1/2 cups sugar 1 cup water 1 pack SureJell Wash grapes and add to pan with 1 cup of water. Simmer about 10 minutes, covered. Strain out juice through cloth or jelly bag to yield 4 cups of juice.
18: Going to Grandma Story's house for biscuit donuts was always a special treat. | When Grandma was 6 years old, she began sewing clothes for her doll. When she was 10 years old, she needed a new dress; but her mother was busy. She gave Grandma some fabric and scissors and Grandma made her first dress.
19: One Wednesday afternoon in the late 1920’s, Grandpa Goskie (Grandma’s father) passed out while working in the cornfield. They aren’t sure what was wrong with him, but he wasn’t doing very well. The pastor, Brother Fite, came to the house and prayed with Grandpa Goskie and he accepted Christ. The pastor told him they would have a baptism on Sunday afternoon, but Grandpa Goskie didn’t want to wait; he insisted on being baptized the next day. So on Thursday, one of their cousins brought the wagon, loaded all the kids and their aunt’s children, and they drove down to the river to watch the baptism. After that they always went to church; they would all ride together in the horse-drawn wagon. The wagon had a spring seat for Grandma and Grandpa Goskie to sit, and they would put hay in the back for the children to sit upon. When it was cold outside, they would all wrap up with quilts to keep warm. One time the horses startled and took off with Tug, who was a baby, sleeping in the back. The little church had a stove in the middle and oil lamps lining the walls. Grandma would get up early with her dad on Sunday mornings and go out to the church to light the lamps, clean out the lamp globes, and to start the fire in the stove in order to get the church ready for the Sunday services.