Broonie – A Gingerbread with a Past

First of all I encourage you to resist. Yes, resist eating this gingerbread when it comes out of the oven. All Broonie recipes say to wrap the cooled gingerbread and store it in an airtight container for three days to let the flavor and texture mellow. Yes, they are right. More on this later. So [...] Read more »

Brown Derby Hamburgers De Luxe

For those of us of a certain age the Brown Derby Restaurant conjures up images of Hollywood’s golden age stars eating out in fancy clothing have their photos taken. I found a recipe for their Hamburgers De Luxe in one of my favorite vintage cookbooks, The Ford’s Treasury of Favorite Recipes From Famous Eating Place. [...] Read more »

Vintage Tomato Soup Cake

Cake made from tomato soup. Really? I’ve seen the recipe over and over in my old cookbooks, but just hadn’t tried it. Yesterday I did, and wow was I glad. Let me say that at first,  while I was incorporating the tomato soup into the batter, I was starting to regret the decision to try [...] Read more »

Know-Nothing Breakfast Cake – Art and Politics Mixed!

Surely this name has your attention. It certainly got mine. This recipe is from my newest vintage cookbook, Bucks the Artists’ County Cooks: A Gourmet’s Guide to Estimable Comestibles with Pictures, 1950. The book was published by the Woman’s Auxiliary of Trinity Chapel in Solebury, PA.  The cookbook is filled with unusual recipes. Besides the [...] Read more »

German Apple Pancakes

When the Brussels sprouts recipe bombed from the Betty Crocker’s International Cookbook last week, I decided that I should try another recipe. With some apples in the house and nothing else around for dinner, I made their recipe for German Apple Pancakes or Apfelpfannkuchen. Yes, I found a winning recipe!  This was super easy to [...] Read more »

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 »

Shoofly Pie

You’ve probably heard of it, and if you’ve ever visited Amish country in Pennsylvania, you no doubt have tasted it. And like a lot of people you might think that the Pennsylvania Dutch brought this recipe with them when they came to America in the 18th century. It’s hard to know. The origin of the [...] 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 »

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