Aunt Lil’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake screams retro cooking doesn’t it? I’m sure many of you grew up enjoying this cake baked by your mother or grandmother. But sometime late in the 20th century the cake fell out of fashion. This was too bad, as it’s a delightful and easy to make cake that also looks beautiful. It’s [...] 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 »

World War II Cookies – Peanut Rocks

As I get ready for my talk in two weeks, I’ve been experimenting with different recipes. I’ve promised everyone that samples will be provided! My first attempt at molasses cookies was awful (though Dan liked them). But I have to remember these recipes may not turn out as good as I’d like. Sugar substitutes and [...] Read more »

Looks Good, Tastes Bad Cranberry Molasses Pie

Sure, it seemed like a good idea. But sometimes the most innocent of recipes can go wrong – horribly wrong. My husband Dan is a cranberry hoarder. I know that’s kind of a weird thing to hoard, but if you open our freezer, or look in the vegetable bin of the fridge you will currently [...] Read more »

Mid Century Christmas Dinner

This was a great Christmas for cooking. I had plenty of time, and Dan let me cook pretty much the whole meal. Which meant I could choose whatever vintage, retro recipes I wanted. It ended up being a mid-century menu. Here’s what we had for dinner: Baked Ham Supreme from All Maine Cooking, 1967 Dan’s [...] 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 »

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 »

Homemade Gumdrops for the Holidays

Recently I picked up a new (yes, really new) cookbook that I couldn’t resist, The Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook by Liz Gutman and Jen King. These two women own a candy company. Since candies are prominently featured in my vintage cook books, I thought this how to book would be very helpful as I delve [...] Read more »

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 »

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