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Vintage Recipes and Recollections

I admit freely that I passed by this recipe in the file quite a few times simply because of the name – it’s definitely not the most appealing sounding concoction.  But after coming across multiple versions I started to dig a little deeper and now have a new appreciation for its cleverness. Essentially it’s a …

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I’m endlessly intrigued by the number of casserole recipes that appear in our family file like this one courtesy of Jackie Eddy, who was the Food Editor of the Edmonton Sun through the 1980s.  It’s a great example of what inspired Mom, who was a master at combining disparate items into a  tasty meal that could, …

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For me, these wonderful, yeasty buns are the true definition of a Holmwood recipe. It’s relatively foolproof and one that I could experiment with at a fairly young age – and did on a few occasions while at the lake during the summer months. The recipe came through my Aunt Liz’s family, usually credited to …

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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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Half the fun of reading through vintage recipes is coming across ingredients that are totally unfamiliar to me. This simple sugar cookie recipe is a great example.  What the heck is Nucoa? While the answer isn’t nearly as exotic as I’d imagined, it is part of a decidedly weird food story. Nucoa is the brand …

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I have an oddly complicated relationship with this recipe – starting with the fact that I have a relationship with a cookie! But oh what a cookie. Right off the bat, I’m not a baker. Recipes for baked goods always look like Grade Four math problems to me – you know the ones – “Two trains …

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Here’s a question that’s puzzled me for years. Why are vegetables, on a daily basis fine on their own, but merely suggest guests for dinner, and they suddenly need to be enrobed in a cheese sauce? Our family’s recipe file has an entire section of “Company Vegetables” and Broccoli Casserole is at the top of the …

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That’s what J.R.R. Tolkien would call the recipe if he was writing this article – “The One Recipe to bind them all“! While it’s not the oldest recipe in the file, it’s certainly the most used – and for me the most revered. All hail the iconic banana loaf. I think you’d be hard pressed to …

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  What is it about old recipes that capture our interest and imagination? For some, they recall a space in time – like a song you haven’t heard forever but that instantly transports you back to sometime special and meaningful. For others they’re like a warm blanket – familiar and comforting. For me they’re also …

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