What a Difference a Recipe Makes

Last week’s Banana Cake was a disaster. This week’s was sublime. The difference? It was all in the recipe. I felt determined to make a good Banana Cake. After reviewing many recipes in my vintage cookbooks, I decided to use The Joy of Cooking, by Irma Bombauer from the 1943 WWII edition. I can’t remember [...] Read more »

Greetings from Rangoon

No, I’m not on some exotic vacation. I’m instead cooking from my latest vintage cook book find, Rangoon International Cook Book, 1956. I at first hesitated about buying the book, as its title implied that the book would be filled with 1950s recipes from Southeast Asia. In fact it’s an amazing mix of recipes from [...] Read more »

Quick and Easy Depression Era Dinner

My husband Dan is very supportive of my vintage and retro cooking experiments. And why not when Aunt Lil who is the inspiration for this project was his own great aunt. Last week while he was in an antique store without me he picked up two small cookbooks for my collection. One was the Glenwood [...] Read more »

Banana Cake – Banana Bread with a Twist

I have to admit, I’m going kind of crazy with the banana bread recipes like grandma used to make. There are so many great vintage recipes for banana bread! And since Dan always has a few lying around that are past their prime (I don’t eat them in their “fresh” state), I always have plenty [...] Read more »

Going Bananas for Banana Bread

If you’re like me you always seen to have over-ripe bananas around the kitchen. Until recently they would end up in the compost, but now thanks to my growing collection of vintage cookbooks I have a wealth of banana bread recipes that call for 2-3 bananas for baking. I’ve got two good tasting, healthy, and [...] Read more »