Brown Derby Hamburgers De Luxe

For those of us of a certain age the Brown Derby Restaurant conjures up images of Hollywood’s golden age stars eating out in fancy clothing have their photos taken. I found a recipe for their Hamburgers De Luxe in one of my favorite vintage cookbooks, The Ford’s Treasury of Favorite Recipes From Famous Eating Place. […] Read more »

Vintage Tomato Soup Cake

Cake made from tomato soup. Really? I’ve seen the recipe over and over in my old cookbooks, but just hadn’t tried it. Yesterday I did, and wow was I glad. Let me say that at first,  while I was incorporating the tomato soup into the batter, I was starting to regret the decision to try […] Read more »

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Really sometimes I amaze myself with my cooking it’s just that bad. And so we begin with the bad and the ugly for this week. Grabbing the next cookbook from our shelves I came up with a favorite of mine, the New England Cook Book, 1956. Since I prefer baking, most of the recipes I’ve […] Read more »

Know-Nothing Breakfast Cake – Art and Politics Mixed!

Surely this name has your attention. It certainly got mine. This recipe is from my newest vintage cookbook, Bucks the Artists’ County Cooks: A Gourmet’s Guide to Estimable Comestibles with Pictures, 1950. The book was published by the Woman’s Auxiliary of Trinity Chapel in Solebury, PA.  The cookbook is filled with unusual recipes. Besides the […] Read more »

German Apple Pancakes

When the Brussels sprouts recipe bombed from the Betty Crocker’s International Cookbook last week, I decided that I should try another recipe. With some apples in the house and nothing else around for dinner, I made their recipe for German Apple Pancakes or Apfelpfannkuchen. Yes, I found a winning recipe!  This was super easy to […] Read more »

Brussels Sprouts – Love Them or Hate Them?

Sometimes recipes don’t reach their potential. And if you’re like me you wonder was it my fault? Or the recipes? In my quest to try a recipe from each of my cookbooks, I pulled out this classic that belongs to Dan, Betty Crocker’s International Cookbook, 1980. Today we think nothing of cooking foods from other […] Read more »

WWII Bran Muffins – With a Twist

For those of you who might be first joining me (all you 1940sExperiment groupies!), let me fill you in on what I’ve been doing of late. If you’re like me you’ve got rows and rows of cookbooks. Sure you eagerly looked at them and dog eared pages of food you hoped to cook. But you […] Read more »

Caramelized Apple Tart with Cinnamon Custard

Next up in my shelf of cookbooks was Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America’s Farmer’s Markets, by Deborah Madison in 2002. I don’t think I’ve cooked a thing from this cookbook, despite it being one of “my” books, as opposed to Dan’s. Winter probably isn’t the best time to be cooking from a cookbook […] Read more »

Shoofly Pie

You’ve probably heard of it, and if you’ve ever visited Amish country in Pennsylvania, you no doubt have tasted it. And like a lot of people you might think that the Pennsylvania Dutch brought this recipe with them when they came to America in the 18th century. It’s hard to know. The origin of the […] Read more »

Corn Meal Griddle Cakes from Mabry Mill

Not sure if this tiny, and I mean tiny, pamphlet qualifies as a cookbook. But next up on my book shelf was Mabry Mill Old Southern Recipes. Dan and I picked this up along with stone ground corn meal one time when we were visiting Dan’s brother in Meadows of Dan, Virginia. (No, the community […] Read more »

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