Cherri's Korner

The Y. L. U. Cookbook

Last week, I got the privilege to borrow an old cookbook from a fellow reader. It is a little dated, still has most of the pages and was made here in Minneota by the Young Ladies’ Union of St. Paul’s Icelandic Lutheran Church.

This cookbook belonged to Pearl Jones and was passed down through the generations. As I was thumbing through this cookbook, I noticed there are many advertisements ranging from The Big Store, Dalmann’s Grocery, Farmers and Merchants National Bank, Red Crown Gasoline and many more.

I believe this book was published in the 1930s. In that time, there were no oven temperatures in the recipes. (Cheat sheet for the six temperatures: Very slow oven=250-275, Slow oven=300-325, Moderate oven=350-375, Hot oven=400-425, Very hot oven=450-475 and Extremely hot oven=500-525.)

If you have more information or background on this group that made this cookbook, please email or call me. Here is one recipe I think you will enjoy that is a familiar favorite at my house.

Angel Food by Dayze Johnson

  • 11 egg whites
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar 1 1/3 cup cake flour 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar pinch of salt

1) Sift flour once before measuring,then sift 5 times after measuring, sift sugar 5 times.

2) Beat eggs until very light. Add cream of tartar when eggs are partly beaten. Add sugar. Lastly fold in the flour. Flavor with lemon juice. (I would use vanilla extract.)

3) Bake in moderate oven 45 minutes.

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