Little Cookbooks: The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Culinary Collection

Recipes From Checkerboard Square


The front cover features a heavy black outline of a pan plus a pink and white checked pepper mill. There is a photo of a dinner plate filled with corn, tomatoes, Ry-Krisp and cheese Ry-Bit in the outlined pan. At the top, the title "Recipes From Checkerboard Squares" is listed in red, blue, yellow and black lettering. The back cover features a heavy black outline of a serving dish and salt and pepper shakers. The title, company name and address is listed at the bottom in black lettering. The front end page consists of a letter that was written by Gertrude Kable who is the manager of the Home Economics Department. The following inside pages begin with an index for all recipes that can be found in the pamphlet and continues with various recipes and black and white photographs of the prepared dishes. Some of the dishes include Breakfast Pear Crunch, Crunchy Ham Glaze, Chow Mein Over Chex, Chili, Salmon Loaf, Herb Krisps, Hot Cross Buns, Ginger Cookies, Crunch Cakes and Party Mix. Each recipe entails all the ingredients needed plus step-by-step directions on how to make the given dish. The back end page features four boxes of Purina Mills products including Wheat Chex, Rice Chex, Instant Ralston and Regular Ralston. Below the boxes, there are descriptions of each item. At the bottom, there is a box of Ry-Krisp and a description for it as well. The original mailing envelope is included. This envelope has the return address listed as "Ralston Purina Company, Checkerboard Square St.Louis 2, MO. There is a blue and white checkered line going down the left side of the envelope and a red and white stamp in the top right corner.

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Donor: Sliker, Shirley Brocker

Brand Name: Ralston, Purina, Bran Chex, Rice Chex, and Wheat Chex

Publisher: Purina Mills (St. Louis, Mo.)


27 p.

15.2 x 10.2 cm


Language: English

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Copyright: Permission is granted from the copyright owner/holder.


Citation: Recipes From Checkerboard Square. The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Collection, MSS 314, Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries. Available at

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