Calcutta Beef – Exotic for the 1950s

The 1950s was a time when some (and I do mean some) cooks began to experiment with “exotic” and foreign recipes. After WWII, many soldiers and nurses stationed throughout the world were exposed to new cooking styles for the first time. In my collection is a tiny spiral bound cookbook with the humorous name, Cyrano [...] Read more »

Shepherd’s Pie – Scottish Style

Several years ago, Dan and I took the trip of our dreams. We visited Scotland for two weeks. Both of us have Scottish ancestors. Dan’s are much easier to trace. His MacKenzie and MacLeod relatives came over in the 1830s from the Isle of Raasay during the Highland Clearances to Prince Edward Island, Canada. Further [...] Read more »

Meat Loaf – An American Institution?

Along with hamburgers and hotdogs, meat loaf ranks up there as a food that’s “as American as apple pie.” But it turns out its origins go quite far back to Roman times. In the oldest written cookbook found to date, Apicius de re Coquinaria, is a recipe for ground meat patties mixed with bread and [...] Read more »

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 »

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 »

Vegetable Stew with a Puff Pastry Crust

Hey, that’s a big fancy name for a vegetable pot pie. And who wouldn’t want a warm, comforting pot pie during these snowy days? Continuing my cookbook quest, I pulled out one of my favorites, ‘Tis The Season: A Vegetarian Christmas Cookbook, 1995. I first discovered this book while visiting my brother and sister-in-law in [...] Read more »

Paula’s New England Post Roast

Next up in my “use all my cookbooks at least once” quest, is one of my favorites Arrowhead Farm: Three Hundred Years of New England Husbandry and Cooking, 1983. I bought this book at a used bookstore ages ago, long before my fascination with vintage and historic recipes. The book chronicles the history of Arrowhead [...] Read more »

The Pizza Stretch

The next cookbook I pulled out from our large collection was Pizzas: Cooking with Style, 1994. Really? Pizzas? Again, one of Dan’s cookbooks. As I opened the cover I found this sweet inscription “Much love on our 2nd Valentine’s Day, 2001, Lisa.” We don’t remember which came first. Dan’s interest in making pizza from scratch, [...] Read more »

Dutch Oven Roast

OK, I’ll admit it. I love to bake. Most of my posts have been about baking, so I decided I needed to branch out and choose a dinner entree for a change. I decided to make Dutch Oven Roast, a recipe found in the 1950 edition of  The Ford Treasury of Favorite Recipes from Famous [...] Read more »

Chef Boyardee and Spaghetti a la Aunt Lillian

I found a great food history blog recently whose recent post caught my eye. The blog is Eat Me Daily and the post is on the history of Chef Boyardee products. I’m no fan of Chef Boyardee and even as a kid growing up didn’t like the stuff. It’s kind of interesting what we ate [...] Read more »

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