Let’s Be Clear About Tapioca Pudding

When you think of old-fashioned desserts like your grandmother made, Tapioca Pudding often is remembered. I know countless people who said “Oh my mother used to make that and I loved it.” But sadly, no one seems to make it anymore. People wanting a Tapioca fix might get one of the processed ready-made tapiocas in [...] Read more »

Fall’s finale – Apple Dumplings

I promise this is my last fall entry using apples. I love using apples in desserts, so maybe I went a bit overboard. And if you’ve been reading my blog all along, you will notice that I have never made a chocolate dessert. Why? Because chocolate gives me migraines. Yes, it’s a sad, sad fact. [...] Read more »

Strawberry Shortcake – A Short History

Sorry I’ve been so out of touch. Quite frankly, I’ve had no time to cook as I get the museum ready for opening day. But two weeks ago, while in the grocery store I spied a huge basket of strawberries and couldn’t resist picking them up. Sure, they weren’t local. Our strawberries won’t be ready [...] Read more »

Indian Pudding – Finally

Who would have thought Indian Pudding was so tricky? This quintessential old-time New England dessert was one I’d made sometime in my culinary past, but for some reason when I made it last week it was a disaster. It just never firmed up, but instead remaining a soupy mess. So what’s the big deal anyway [...] Read more »

Maple Syrup Time in New Hampshire

Now that we’re living in New England again, we are thrilled to be able to experience maple sugaring season right in the heart of maple sugaring territory – New Hampshire. There are loads of small scale sugar houses in our area and the sap is running as I write this. Last weekend we visited one [...] Read more »

Old Fashioned Gingerbread

I’m a sucker for any dessert that includes molasses. I just love that flavor. So naturally, gingerbread is a favorite of mine. Often just relegated to the holidays, gingerbread deserves a place on the dessert table at any time. The history of gingerbread is a long one. The gingerbread we eat today harks back to [...] Read more »

Quick and Easy Depression Era Dinner

My husband Dan is very supportive of my vintage and retro cooking experiments. And why not when Aunt Lil who is the inspiration for this project was his own great aunt. Last week while he was in an antique store without me he picked up two small cookbooks for my collection. One was the Glenwood [...] Read more »

World War II Era Apple Crisp

I’ve been on an apple kick lately, since there are still plenty of fall apples available. I had a few apples in a bowl that were starting to turn, and I wanted to use them up. So I went through my cookbooks looking for a simple recipe where I had all the ingredients. I pulled [...] Read more »

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