Aunt Lil’s Kisses

I decided to try another of Aunt Lil’s recipes from her hand written cookbook. First one I opened to was called Kisses. It was obvious when reading the recipe it was a meringue cookie, but had two rather strange elements to it. You baked the meringue on top of something she called butter thins.  I [...] Read more »

Aunt Lil’s Butterscotch Sticks

I’ve had my eye on Aunt Lil’s recipe called Butterscotch Sticks for a while. I just needed to find a similar recipe that gave me a few more directions before trying them. While thumbing through my King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion I came across Vintage Butterscotch Bars. Voila – an almost identical recipe to Aunt [...] Read more »

MacKenzie Family Christmas Plum Pudding

Christmas is just around the corner. Our tree is up, and we are planning our annual Christmas Open House. In my spare time, I also entered the Historic Deerfield/King Arthur Flour Heritage Baking Contest last Saturday. My entry was the MacKenzie Christmas Plum Pudding handed down to me by the Canadian cousins. When I married [...] 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 »

Homemade Apple Dumplings

There’s no better fall dessert than Apple Dumplings made from scratch. There are lots of great apple orchards in our area including McKenzie Farm. Loaded up with apples from the farm,  I searched for a recipe in a c. 1920s Calumet Baking Powder pamphlet. The resulting dumplings were delicious.       Dumplings have been around as food [...] Read more »

New England Blueberry Slump

I’ve been meaning to make a slump or grunt for ages. It’s blueberry time here in New Hampshire and faced with a large batch from the farmer’s market, I decided now was the time. The recipe is super easy and very tasty. The Food Timeline website says that following about slumps: “Slump. A dish of [...] Read more »

A Cake for Lazy Days

Last weekend I randomly opened the cookbook that was on the Dining Room table. The result – Lazy Daisy Cake. This cake is a classic which appears to have been developed in the 1940s. My guess is post-war as there’s quite a bit of sugar in the recipe. Many people grew up having this classic [...] Read more »

Strawberry Angel Food Cake

According to Dan, his mom Jean was a great cook. She loved to bake and mostly baked from scratch. One of the desserts Dan has longingly told me about was her Strawberry Angel Food Cake. Luckily his sister inherited all the recipes so she sent us a copy for me to try. I was a [...] 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 »

Yankee Magazine Photo Shoot

Yankee Magazine came calling on Monday. Matt, their freelance photographer, came to photograph me, Dan and Aunt Lil’s wonderful Rich Coffee Cake. The photos will be used to illustrate an article in their September/October issue. The day before, I made two coffee cakes for photographing. One of the interesting aspects of this, was that the [...] Read more »

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