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Old 11-12-2012, 05:01 PM   #1
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I found an old members family cookbook and con not figure any of the measurement symbols. It has minuses and pluses. For example:
1-flour
+2 sugar
Things like that. I know she used to attend John Hopkins Cooking school. Could it have anything to do with that? Please help.

Thank You so much

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Old 11-12-2012, 05:11 PM   #2
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Sounds like, 1 part flour (say 1 cup) to 2 parts sugar(2 cups). Whats the recipe?
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:59 PM   #3
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It is all over a cookbook my great great aunt put together.
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:42 PM   #4
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Welcome mamabear. I don't know the answer to your question. Perhaps a member of your family has seen it and would know. (?)
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:40 PM   #5
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They're secretly coded recipes. The recipes are not meant to be shared.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:27 PM   #6
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I found an old members family cookbook and con not figure any of the measurement symbols. It has minuses and pluses. For example:
1-flour
+2 sugar
Things like that. I know she used to attend John Hopkins Cooking school. Could it have anything to do with that? Please help.

Thank You so much
Welcome, mamabear. I've been decoding my grandmother's cookbook. I was fortunate to learn to bake bread and a few other things from her before she died, so I am able to decipher most of the recipes, although she was a bit scant on the instructions. Knowing how she cooked, and having a bit more experience now than I did at 10, I can take a stab at the instructions.

Perhaps google books would have a copy of one of the school's cookbooks?
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:00 PM   #7
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:05 AM   #8
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Thank You to everyone for the warm welcome. My grandmotherdidn't know what they meant and she had the book for years. I have tried searching google several times. It's not so much the recipes i charish but the fact that it is a beloved family members and it has lasted this long that I love. I just wish I could figure out.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:09 AM   #9
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I found an old members family cookbook and con not figure any of the measurement symbols. It has minuses and pluses. For example:
1-flour
+2 sugar
Things like that. I know she used to attend John Hopkins Cooking school. Could it have anything to do with that? Please help.

Thank You so much
I'd say that the flour is "a little less than a cup" and the sugar is a "little more than two tablespoons".
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:30 AM   #10
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i'd agree with claire. my Pap often cooked in that manner-

or 'a dash of this, a mug of that. simmer for awhile. bake until cooked'.
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