Brussels Sprouts – Love Them or Hate Them?

Sometimes recipes don’t reach their potential. And if you’re like me you wonder was it my fault? Or the recipes? In my quest to try a recipe from each of my cookbooks, I pulled out this classic that belongs to Dan, Betty Crocker’s International Cookbook, 1980. Today we think nothing of cooking foods from other [...] Read more »

WWII Bran Muffins – With a Twist

For those of you who might be first joining me (all you 1940sExperiment groupies!), let me fill you in on what I’ve been doing of late. If you’re like me you’ve got rows and rows of cookbooks. Sure you eagerly looked at them and dog eared pages of food you hoped to cook. But you [...] 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 »

Holly Hermit Cookies for Christmas

I needed to bring something to two different parties yesterday, so I decided to try Holly Hermits from the Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Cook Book, 1959. I found this well-loved book at a church rummage sale in the free pile. Score! Whoever owned it before me really loved this book as many pages are [...] Read more »

Tenderfeet Chili

In my quest to use the cookbooks we’ve accumulated, yesterday I made the Abilene Choral Society and Music Guild Chili found in the Manhattan Chili Co. Southwest American Cookbook, 1986. As the cookbook writer said, “this is gourmet chili for tenderfeet.” I love spicy food, but not too spicy. And living in rural New Hampshire [...] Read more »

Corn Muffins with Bacon

From mid May – early November, my work life at the museum means that there’s not much blogging. I still cook, but just don’t have the energy to blog. Life is slower now and my weekends, for the most part, are mine. I work from home in the winter in my cozy office on the [...] Read more »

Dutch Oven Roast

OK, I’ll admit it. I love to bake. Most of my posts have been about baking, so I decided I needed to branch out and choose a dinner entree for a change. I decided to make Dutch Oven Roast, a recipe found in the 1950 edition of  The Ford Treasury of Favorite Recipes from Famous [...] Read more »

The Real Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie

In December I entered the King Arthur/Historic Deerfield Heritage Cooking Contest. While the judges were sampling all our goodies, Dede Wilson from Bakepedia talked about the history of Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies. She also went through the measuring, mixing, and portioning process, but more on that later. As a food history geek, I of [...] Read more »

MacKenzie Family Christmas Plum Pudding

Christmas is just around the corner. Our tree is up, and we are planning our annual Christmas Open House. In my spare time, I also entered the Historic Deerfield/King Arthur Flour Heritage Baking Contest last Saturday. My entry was the MacKenzie Christmas Plum Pudding handed down to me by the Canadian cousins. When I married [...] Read more »

Gingerbread – Again

I needed something quick to take to a party on Friday. Looking in my pantry and through my recipes, I decided to make Gingerbread. It’s easy, portable, and was perfect for a cold, chilly night. Yes, I’ve blogged about Gingerbread before in a March, 2013 post. But can one ever get enough of this tasty [...] Read more »

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