About a year ago Kathy (Cole) Cook handed me a 3-ring binder that contained her Grandmother Ive (Sidles) Cole’s recipes. I’ve had it in my possession since and have baked a few things from the recipes within. I have always intended to preserve it by scanning/photogtraphing it and publishing it on my website, so, here goes.
I’m goin to start by going back to the year 2010. I was a fairly recent transplant back to Iowa where I had grown up. I was living with my sister, trying to get back onmy feet after a stormy stint in San Francisco. Anyhow, I remember watching a show on Iowa Public television, one of my favorite stations as a kid, about the radio homemakers of Iowa in the 40s and 50s. I had no idea there was such a thing.
Now, present day. Here I am with this cookbook. I noticed on the first page there was a picture of a woman with a microphone. I did a search and what do you know, she was Edith Hansen, part pf the Iowa Radio Homemakers network!
I get nostalgic sometimes and imagine Iva, alone in the kitchen, cooking, and listening to one of her cooking shows, like this one, on her radio, while her husband and son(s) worked out in the fields or in the outbuildings of their farm.
I am posting this file on the family tree web pages to share with whoever might want a copy. Below is a link. Enjoy!
If any readers have comments please post them below. I’d love to hear from you. Also, if you have items you’d like to share, get in touch with me and we can make arrangements.
Eric L. Cook