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Vintage Recipes and Recollections

This cake holds a special place in my heart. It popped into my head when I was chatting with our neighbour recently.  She was at our door borrowing some cinnamon for cupcakes her daughter was taking to a school bake sale.  In my day this cake was a mainstay for school bake sales an it didn’t …

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Full disclosure – I tend to pass right by any recipes in the file that have “Delight” in the name. More often than not the “delight” involves some odd combination of fruit, cottage cheese, jello and whipped cream. But this one has avoided all of that quite successfully. And it’s soft green colour is the epitome …

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  It startles me how vividly some memories come back to life while perusing the recipe files.  Aside from being a terrific recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Cake, reading this one made me laugh out loud as I remembered that it was this cake that introduced me to my Mom’s more devious side. To set the …

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“Oh!  All that steam!  The pudding had just been taken out of the cauldron.  Oh!  That smell!  The same as the one which prevailed on washing day!  It is that of the cloth which wraps the pudding.  Now, one would imagine oneself in a restaurant and in a confectioner’s at the same time, with a …

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  My family’s recipes give me a great sense of connection. A connection to the past, to fond memories of celebrations and achievements, and most importantly to family members no longer with us. There’s immediate comfort in the familiar handwriting so distinctive to my Mom and grandmothers. And when I’m in the kitchen with these …

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