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 »

Harvard Beets – A New England Tradition

Dan grew up outside of Boston in the 1950s and enjoyed many culinary experiences that were not found in my home in the Mid-West. Harvard Beets for example. I’d never even heard of them. Dan hated them as a child, which makes sense. They aren’t exactly a child-friendly vegetable. But now he loves them and [...] Read more »

Baked Ham for Christmas Dinner

Although it was traditional to have turkey for Christmas dinner, it was not unheard of to have ham. Quite frankly, I’m tired of turkey and in hunting through my vintage cook books I found a neat recipe for Baked Ham with Brandy Sauce that sounded so good. The recipe appeared to have been torn from [...] Read more »

Snowball Cookies for a Snow Day

Like most of the northeast we had our first blizzard of the year today. Here in the White Mountains of New Hampshire we got about a foot of beautiful snow. Which made it a perfect day for Dan to make his favorite holiday cookie from his childhood, Snowball Cookies. These wonderful delights are also known [...] Read more »

Aunt Lil’s Christmas Dinner

Christmas is just three day short days away. We have our menu all lined up with vintage recipes. Here’s what Dan and I will be eating in Aunt Lil’s Kitchen: Cranberry Orange Mold Salad – recipe from Watkins Hearthside Cook Book, 1952.  Baked Ham with Brandy Sauce – recipe from Ford’s Treasury of Favorite Recipes [...] Read more »

Swedish Meat Balls for Your Christmas Parties

Dan introduced me to this wonderful recipe from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook for Swedish Meat Balls. He grew up eating them for dinner served over mashed potatoes. It was one of his mother’s go-to recipes, and I can see why. They are very tasty! As an adult, Dan continued to make Swedish Meat Balls for [...] Read more »

Gum Drop Cake for Christmas – Really!

For a year now I’ve been staring at the Gum Drop Cake recipe in Aunt Lil’s cook book. Really? Gum Drop Cake? I just couldn’t imagine it tasting good. And I never came across a recipe to follow in any of my cook books – until now. A recent purchase is a 1945 cookbook called, [...] Read more »

Thanksgiving Recipes – Molded Cranberry Salad

Dan and I had our best tasting Thanksgiving dinner to date.  It was a mix of modern and retro. I of course cooked the historic recipes. One of the items I made was a molded gelatine salad. Many early 20th century Thanksgiving menus feature a molded salad. You may have “fond” memories of your mother [...] Read more »

Christmas Cookies Like Grandma Made

I made Christmas cookies this week to give as gifts for my co-workers. Of course I wanted to use Aunt Lillian’s recipes. The best ones from her cook book for Christmas were her Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, which I’ve already blogged about and a new one I tried. These were her Molasses Fruit Cookies. Both are [...] Read more »

Cranberry Sauce for Christmas

One valuable lesson I’ve learned from this experiment in cooking Great Aunt Lillian’s recipe’s is NEVER, and I repeat, NEVER, think you will make one of these recipes on the first try to take to a big gathering such as Thanksgiving or Christmas. As I think back to my cooking tests, very few recipes have [...] Read more »

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