The recipe was written by the original owner of the house and seemed to be left behind intentionally.
Everyone has at least one family recipe that has been in their family for generations. It is either passed down in a family cookbook or in a little wooden box full of old recipes written on faded paper. We usually carry them with us, passing them on to the next generation. However, sometimes, some of these family traditions get lost to time.
For one man, David from Denver, he came across someone’s old family recipe in quite an unexpected manner. He was rooting around in his garage, fixing it up, when he happened to find the very old piece of paper stuck behind the pegboard. It turned out that the recipe was for spaghetti.
David, who uses the Reddit name orestes77, decided to upload it to the Old Recipes subreddit. In his post alongside the photo, he wrote, “Found this hidden in the wall in my garage built in 1947. Family pasta sauce recipe from the original owners.”
But David believes that it wasn’t an accident that this recipe ended up in the place that it was found. As he explained to TODAY, “From the spot it was placed and the way it was worded, I am certain it was left there for a future owner to find one day.”
It isn’t just a recipe for any small batch of spaghetti sauce either. Given that some of the ingredient measurements include a gallon of finely chopped onions, 5 pounds of ground beef, three big cans of tomato puree, and half a cup of salt, this is enough to make three gallons of sauce! Not only that but the writer of the recipe, Bill Engleman, wrote his name at the bottom of the pages. David has tried to track him down, but so far, has been unsuccessful.
He hasn’t made the recipe yet but he hopes to tackle the project one day, saying, “I think this house needs to have this recipe cooked in it at least one more time!”SKM: below-content placeholder