Greetings from Rangoon

No, I’m not on some exotic vacation. I’m instead cooking from my latest vintage cook book find, Rangoon International Cook Book, 1956. I at first hesitated about buying the book, as its title implied that the book would be filled with 1950s recipes from Southeast Asia. In fact it’s an amazing mix of recipes from [...] Read more »

Kale Soup For a Wet Spring Day

The cookbook shelf brought me to Heart of the Home: Notes From a Vineyard Kitchen by Susan Branch from 1986. I’ve used this cookbook fairly frequently as the messy pages attest. The Kale Soup recipe called to me. I’m a total sucker for kale and sausage soup. Susan Branch is a prolific writer including of [...] Read more »

Broonie – A Gingerbread with a Past

First of all I encourage you to resist. Yes, resist eating this gingerbread when it comes out of the oven. All Broonie recipes say to wrap the cooled gingerbread and store it in an airtight container for three days to let the flavor and texture mellow. Yes, they are right. More on this later. So [...] 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 »

Spicy Gingerbread

Today’s cookbook to explore from the collection was another from Dan, The Book of Hot & Spicy Foods, 1987. Oh, so not me! As I went through looking for a recipe, I was pleased to see a nice dessert section that focused on “spiced” desserts. One of which was frosted gingerbread. That was something I [...] Read more »

Corn Muffins with Bacon

From mid May – early November, my work life at the museum means that there’s not much blogging. I still cook, but just don’t have the energy to blog. Life is slower now and my weekends, for the most part, are mine. I work from home in the winter in my cozy office on the [...] Read more »

Cooking on a Wood Stove

Two weekends ago, Dan and I went to the Remick Country Doctor Farm and Museum in Tamworth, NH to take a course on wood stove cooking. I was so excited about this class as Great Aunt Lil, for whom this blog is named, cooked on a wood stove all her life. When she died in [...] Read more »

Gingerbread – Again

I needed something quick to take to a party on Friday. Looking in my pantry and through my recipes, I decided to make Gingerbread. It’s easy, portable, and was perfect for a cold, chilly night. Yes, I’ve blogged about Gingerbread before in a March, 2013 post. But can one ever get enough of this tasty [...] Read more »

Bread Baking Fun

I admit it. I fear yeast. Which means I fear making any kind of bread except quick breads. This week, I tried to combat this fear by taking a bread baking class with our local education extension program. Dan came along, and we spent a fun four hours learning how to make several types of [...] Read more »

World War II Applesauce Cake

One of the dessert recipes that turns up frequently in my cook books from the first half of the 20th century is Applesauce Cake. The fad for this cake began during rationing in World War I and its popularity peaked in World War II. Once rationing was no longer needed, the cake faded from the [...] Read more »

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