Old Stack of Recipes Conceals a Treasuretate

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM Here at Crave we like mom recipes. They’re generally tried-and-true, user-friendly and they speak of family. Plus, Sunday is Mother’s Day, so it seems apropos that I pass on something from my own mother.
My mother went through a clutter-reduction phase a couple of weeks ago and handed over a batch of old cookbooks, plus recipes collected on cards and random sheets of paper.

Keep them, give them away, throw them out, she said. My choice. She needed the shelf space.

Well, I found a bit of treasure in there: a yellowed newspaper clipping featuring five recipes from — my mom!

It was titled “My favorite recipes” and didn’t indicate a date or the name of the paper, but she says it was from the Hilo Tribune-Herald (now the Hawaii Tribune-Herald), published around 1949, predating me and her marriage to my dad.

She was “Miss Betty Zane” then, a newly minted home economist working for the University of Hawaii’s Cooperative Extension Service in Hilo. She taught homemaking skills, from sewing to cooking, all along the east side of the island.

What caught my eye out of the five published recipes was one for oatmeal cookies with bananas.

Here at Crave Recipe Central we like mom recipes. They’re generally tried-and-true, user-friendly and they speak of family. Plus, Sunday is Mother’s Day, so it seems apropos that I pass on something from my own mother.

The butter and sugar in the cookies are balanced nutritionally with whole oats, wheat germ and fresh fruit. If you’re going to eat a cookie, it may as well have something good going for it. And these are delicious to boot, chewy and with just the right amount of banana flavor.

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