Christmas Baking

Friends often give me their parents’ cookbooks, knowing that I will love any cookbooks that pre-date the 1960s. I recently was given a gold mine of early cookbooks by my friend Anne whose mother passed away last year.  My heart was racing as I loaded up the car knowing I’d have many hours of fun [...] Read more »

Christmas Morning Cranberry Muffins

I wanted something fun to eat for Christmas morning, but something I could make ahead. So today, Christmas Eve, I made Cranberry Muffins from Betty Crocker’s Hostess Cookbook, 1967.  This fun cookbook was another freebie from a church tag sale. Even though 1967 is a bit late for my preferred recipes, the cover was just [...] Read more »

World War II Applesauce Muffins

I’ve been doing lots of research for my upcoming lecture at the Wright Museum of World War II History about cooking during the war. My talk will be in February, and I’ve promised to not only give an illustrated talk, but to bring samples of baked goods for people to try. Yikes, what have I [...] 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 »

Fall Apple Muffins

We have a bunch of apples that I thought were too sweet to eat, but would be perfect for baking. In one of the “cookbooks” I recently purchased I found a recipe from Gold Medal Flour and Betty Crocker. The sheet of printed recipes probably came with your Gold Medal Flour and is typical of [...] Read more »

Blueberry Muffins – An All American Favorite

  Muffins have been around in our food culture for a long time. The word muffin first appears in print in the 18th century and appears as a recipe by the mid-18th century. I found two different descriptions of where the word came from. One source claimed it was an old French term which when [...] Read more »