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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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Some of my favourite recipes are those in the file marked “Lake”.  They’re usually like this one in that aside from being really tasty are fully transportable. A must for meals destined for consumption at the lake, or volunteer events at the Edmonton YWCA where the name of this recipe comes from. As much as …

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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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  When I was growing up I was convinced there was another “special day” in January aside from New Year’s Day.  In our home the first Monday after the holidays was commonly known as New Diet Day. I was never sure if every household observed it or not but without fail on the morning of …

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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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This is one of those classic “feel good” comfort food recipes that showed up on our table on a fairly regular basis. But it’s not the tasty, saucy meatballs that stand out most in my memory, it was the method Mom used to prepare them – the mystical and oft dreaded pressure cooker! This recipe, …

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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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  Autumn always brings to mind the rows of canned fruit and vegetables that lined the storage pantry in my grandparent’s basement.  Rhubarb, beets and lots of pickles. I admit I haven’t tackled many canning or pickling projects – despite my love for all things pickled!  As a matter of fact my one and only …

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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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