Christmas Baking

Friends often give me their parents’ cookbooks, knowing that I will love any cookbooks that pre-date the 1960s. I recently was given a gold mine of early cookbooks by my friend Anne whose mother passed away last year.  My heart was racing as I loaded up the car knowing I’d have many hours of fun [...] Read more »

Christmas Morning Cranberry Muffins

I wanted something fun to eat for Christmas morning, but something I could make ahead. So today, Christmas Eve, I made Cranberry Muffins from Betty Crocker’s Hostess Cookbook, 1967.  This fun cookbook was another freebie from a church tag sale. Even though 1967 is a bit late for my preferred recipes, the cover was just [...] 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 »

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 »

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 »