Meat Loaf – An American Institution?

Along with hamburgers and hotdogs, meat loaf ranks up there as a food that’s “as American as apple pie.” But it turns out its origins go quite far back to Roman times. In the oldest written cookbook found to date, Apicius de re Coquinaria, is a recipe for ground meat patties mixed with bread and [...] Read more »

A Tale of Two Rubes – Pies That Is

Rhubarb season has been in full swing here in New Hampshire these past few weeks. I love rhubarb, but have no recollection of my Mom serving it. Since the only desserts we ever had were compliments of Mrs. Smith’s frozen pies we never tasted rhubarb. I guess rhubarb pie wasn’t in Mrs. Smith’s repertoire either. [...] Read more »

Convict Cookies from the Pillsbury Bake-Off

Hopefully this title caught some people’s attention. And yes, it says convict as in convicted criminal. Read on to learn how an innocent 13-year-old won a prize in the 1952 Bake-Off and then went on to a life of crime. I needed to make cookies for an event where I work. I decided to try [...] Read more »

Kale Soup For a Wet Spring Day

The cookbook shelf brought me to Heart of the Home: Notes From a Vineyard Kitchen by Susan Branch from 1986. I’ve used this cookbook fairly frequently as the messy pages attest. The Kale Soup recipe called to me. I’m a total sucker for kale and sausage soup. Susan Branch is a prolific writer including of [...] Read more »

Broonie – A Gingerbread with a Past

First of all I encourage you to resist. Yes, resist eating this gingerbread when it comes out of the oven. All Broonie recipes say to wrap the cooled gingerbread and store it in an airtight container for three days to let the flavor and texture mellow. Yes, they are right. More on this later. So [...] Read more »

Brown Derby Hamburgers De Luxe

For those of us of a certain age the Brown Derby Restaurant conjures up images of Hollywood’s golden age stars eating out in fancy clothing have their photos taken. I found a recipe for their Hamburgers De Luxe in one of my favorite vintage cookbooks, The Ford’s Treasury of Favorite Recipes From Famous Eating Place. [...] Read more »

Vintage Tomato Soup Cake

Cake made from tomato soup. Really? I’ve seen the recipe over and over in my old cookbooks, but just hadn’t tried it. Yesterday I did, and wow was I glad. Let me say that at first,  while I was incorporating the tomato soup into the batter, I was starting to regret the decision to try [...] Read more »

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Really sometimes I amaze myself with my cooking it’s just that bad. And so we begin with the bad and the ugly for this week. Grabbing the next cookbook from our shelves I came up with a favorite of mine, the New England Cook Book, 1956. Since I prefer baking, most of the recipes I’ve [...] Read more »

Know-Nothing Breakfast Cake – Art and Politics Mixed!

Surely this name has your attention. It certainly got mine. This recipe is from my newest vintage cookbook, Bucks the Artists’ County Cooks: A Gourmet’s Guide to Estimable Comestibles with Pictures, 1950. The book was published by the Woman’s Auxiliary of Trinity Chapel in Solebury, PA.  The cookbook is filled with unusual recipes. Besides the [...] Read more »

German Apple Pancakes

When the Brussels sprouts recipe bombed from the Betty Crocker’s International Cookbook last week, I decided that I should try another recipe. With some apples in the house and nothing else around for dinner, I made their recipe for German Apple Pancakes or Apfelpfannkuchen. Yes, I found a winning recipe!  This was super easy to [...] Read more »

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