Tudor Kitchens of England

Dan and I were lucky enough to visit England for two weeks and naturally our itinerary revolved around museums and food. A number of house museums we visited had immense kitchens or the Great Hall set up for a feast. Here’s a look at what we discovered. During our London week we went to Hampton [...] Read more »

Rationing and Yankee Magazine

That’s right, we’ll be talking about World War II rationing and Yankee Magazine today. What do they have in common? Well, not much really. But I have lots of news to share about both. Last Sunday I gave my first lecture on World War II cooking and rationing at the Wright Museum of World War [...] Read more »

Aunt Lil Wins King Arthur Heritage Bake Off!

I have exciting news! Aunt Lil’s wonderful recipe for Rich Coffee Cake won a blue ribbon at the recent King Arthur Flour/Historic Deerfield Heritage Family Recipe Bake Off!  Last week I was notified that Aunt Lil’s recipe had been chosen to be a semi-finalist in the contest. To enter the final phase of the competition, [...] Read more »

It’s Thanksgiving Time Again at Aunt Lil’s Kitchen

It’s the night before Thanksgiving and as I write this I’ve made two pumpkin pies (there’s a story which you will hear when I blog about dinner) and a cranberry molded jello salad. Tomorrow Dan will tackle the turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce, while I complete the line up with a very vintage [...] Read more »

Thanksgiving Menus from the Past

It’s Thanksgiving tomorrow and I’m waiting for my pie dough to “meld” in the fridge so I thought I’d take a look at Thanksgiving menus from my array of vintage cookbooks. I have six cook books that give suggested Thanksgiving menus that range in date from 1896 – 1942. It was from perusing these menus [...] Read more »

Nostalgia Food Travel – A Visit to Newfane, Vermont

Not only do I love cooking vintage recipes from my vintage cookbooks, I love traveling roadside America looking for unique tourist attractions, quirky motels and lodgings, and Mom and Pop restaurants. My most recent cookbook find, Ford Treasury of Favorite Recipes from Famous Eating Places, dated 1950 fulfills both desires! The cookbook features a new [...] Read more »

A History of the Use of Molasses vs. Sugar

This blog was going to be about the molasses cookies I made last week. Great cookies made from Aunt Lilly’s recipe. And as I was adding the photos I realized, whoops! I have already blogged about Aunt Lilly’s Molasses Cookie recipe in my second blog back in early June. So, I now have created a [...] Read more »

Victorian Cooking with Great Aunt Lillian or the Slow Food Movement Reinvented

Everyone is talking about the Slow Food Movement now and rightfully so. It’s great to get away from the additives, high fructose corn syrups, and processed foods that we, as Americans, have become so accustomed to eating. Going back to our roots and eating food made from scratch, using local ingredients, and organic products is [...] Read more »