Aunt Lil’s Kisses

I decided to try another of Aunt Lil’s recipes from her hand written cookbook. First one I opened to was called Kisses. It was obvious when reading the recipe it was a meringue cookie, but had two rather strange elements to it. You baked the meringue on top of something she called butter thins.  I [...] Read more »

Calcutta Beef – Exotic for the 1950s

The 1950s was a time when some (and I do mean some) cooks began to experiment with “exotic” and foreign recipes. After WWII, many soldiers and nurses stationed throughout the world were exposed to new cooking styles for the first time. In my collection is a tiny spiral bound cookbook with the humorous name, Cyrano [...] Read more »

Walnut Meringue Bars

This recipe is just plain yummy. Dan and I have torn through it and it’s all gone just a few days after baking. Something that rarely happens. When there’s just the two of us, sometimes my baked goods languish a bit. It’s hard when you love to bake with a very small family. I’m trying [...] Read more »

Aunt Lil – A Maine Adventure

Yes, I’ve been mighty quiet, but for good reason. On November 13, I began a new job in Castine, Maine! And with great luck our house in New Hampshire sold in two days resulting in a flurry of activity as we bought a home and moved the household and animals four hours northeast. For those [...] Read more »

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 »

That Sinking Feeling – Cake Disasters

I really wanted my next post to be about something yummy, but that won’t be for this post. I’ve been wanting to try making a banana cake for some time now. Banana cake was a very popular cake that has since gone out of favor. Today, you use your bananas to make banana bread. But [...] Read more »

Bread Pudding on a Cold Snowy Day

Bread pudding has been around for ages and versions of it can be found in many countries’ cuisines. Basically, its a pudding that uses leftover stale bread, eggs, milk and or cream, sugar, raisins and spices. Things that most women had around the house and so could easily whip together at a moment’s notice. Since [...] Read more »

Grape-Nut Pudding – A New England Marvel

As you can imagine, I have lots and lots of vintage cookbooks. I find reading them comforting, and I always dream of cooking all the recipes.  One recipe that shows up frequently in early to mid-20th century cookbooks is Grape-Nut Pudding. Growing up, I liked Grape-Nut cereal. Then when we moved to New Hampshire, I [...] 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 »

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 »

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