September 2019: Recipe Roundup
‘For the ladies’
by Cally Peterson
North Dakota Living is recognizing history this month, with stories about women in agriculture and the beginnings of the Bank of North Dakota. In that vein, we thought it appropriate to look back on our own history, as the magazine of North Dakota’s electric cooperatives since 1954.
The North Dakota Living magazine, as it has been called since 2002, has changed throughout the years to meet the needs of its cooperative membership. Yet, there are portions of this publication that have become as institutional as the magazine itself. As the saying goes, “Why change a good thing?”
In May 1957, the popular “Recipe Roundup” was born. An excerpt from that issue of the North Dakota Rural Electric Magazine reads:
Starting with next month’s issue of the North Dakota Rural Electric Magazine, a new department for the ladies will be instituted.
Called “Recipe Roundup,” it will feature recipes by subscribers to this magazine – and all of you are invited to send your favorite recipes in.
Here’s how it will work. We will pay $2 to each person who sends in a recipe which we can use. Any kind of a dish from stew to Crepes Suzette are welcome. We suggest that if you have any special nationality dishes that they might be more than welcome. People today are becoming more and more aware of foods and fine cooking and the trend toward nationality dishes which are a taste-delight is getting stronger all the time.
The recipes themselves will be printed on special card-file-size squares so that you can cut them out and file them in your recipe file easily and efficiently.
Inflation has since bumped up that $2 payout, and recipes can be found online, no longer shaped to fit on those “special card-file-size squares.” But through the decades, Recipe Roundup has remained a reader favorite, and North Dakota Living still welcomes our members and subscribers to send us their best recipes. The only difference, we hope, is that it’s no longer just “for the ladies.” Rather, as is everything we do in North Dakota Living, it’s for the members.