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 »

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 »

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 »

It’s Thanksgiving Time Again at Aunt Lil’s Kitchen

It’s the night before Thanksgiving and as I write this I’ve made two pumpkin pies (there’s a story which you will hear when I blog about dinner) and a cranberry molded jello salad. Tomorrow Dan will tackle the turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce, while I complete the line up with a very vintage [...] Read more »

Thanksgiving Menus from the Past

It’s Thanksgiving tomorrow and I’m waiting for my pie dough to “meld” in the fridge so I thought I’d take a look at Thanksgiving menus from my array of vintage cookbooks. I have six cook books that give suggested Thanksgiving menus that range in date from 1896 – 1942. It was from perusing these menus [...] Read more »

Boston- It’s Got More Than Beans, Pie, and Brown Bread!

Last weekend on the spur of the moment I wanted to make cookies and I decided to branch out beyond Aunt Lillian’s recipe book. I’ve been avidly collecting cookbooks that date from c. 1890 – 1948 the year she passed away and have quite a nice collection now. They are invaluable in helping me learn [...] Read more »

Fannie’s Last Supper – A Book Review

My friend Amy told me about a new book entitled Fannie’s Last Supper: Re-creating One Amazing Meal from Fannie Farmer’s 1896 Cookbook by Chris Kimball, the host of America’s Test Kitchen and the editor of Cook’s Magazine. Yippee, I thought! A book about Fannie Farmer and a cook who spent two years (!) recreating Fannie’s [...] Read more »

Not Your Mom’s Cole Slaw

Summer is here and the Five Points Farmers Market is in full swing right outside my door at work every Thursday afternoon. So I thought it would be good if I tried one of Aunt Lillian’s vegetable recipes. There’s been lots of cabbage in the market right now, so I thought I’d try her Cabbage [...] Read more »