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 »

Turkey Pot Pie – Thanksgiving Leftovers

Dan and I often spend the holidays solo since our relatives are far away. But that never bothers us. We still make a full Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, and then are over-loaded with leftovers. But is that a bad thing? We have lots of leftover turkey from this Thanksgiving. Dan and I looked through my [...] 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 »

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 »

Great Aunt Lillian’s Mock Mince Meat Pie for Christmas

I’ve been pretty lax of late with writing a post – mainly because I’ve been so busy! But over Thanksgiving I made two of Aunt Lillian’s recipes that are perfect for either Thanksgiving or Christmas. For this post I’ll focus on Mince Meat Pie. Like a lot of you I’d grown up hearing about Mince [...] Read more »