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 »

Shoofly Pie

You’ve probably heard of it, and if you’ve ever visited Amish country in Pennsylvania, you no doubt have tasted it. And like a lot of people you might think that the Pennsylvania Dutch brought this recipe with them when they came to America in the 18th century. It’s hard to know. The origin of the [...] 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 »

Indian Pudding – Finally

Who would have thought Indian Pudding was so tricky? This quintessential old-time New England dessert was one I’d made sometime in my culinary past, but for some reason when I made it last week it was a disaster. It just never firmed up, but instead remaining a soupy mess. So what’s the big deal anyway [...] Read more »

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 »

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 »

A History of the Use of Molasses vs. Sugar

This blog was going to be about the molasses cookies I made last week. Great cookies made from Aunt Lilly’s recipe. And as I was adding the photos I realized, whoops! I have already blogged about Aunt Lilly’s Molasses Cookie recipe in my second blog back in early June. So, I now have created a [...] Read more »

Slow Food – Rolled Molasses Cookies from Aunt Lillian

This week I thought I’d try something fairly easy so I found Lillian’s recipe for Molasses Cookies. They seemed fairly easy and I’ve certainly made molasses cookies before. As with all her recipes though research was required as there was nothing more than the bare ingredients listed and one tantalizing hint on what to do. [...] Read more »