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Vintage Recipes and Recollections

“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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When Mom was going to pull out all the stops, this recipe for Cornish Games Hens was always on the menu, often for a special dinner with Dad.  It’s simple with really delicious results, although I do remember the bread stuffing was replaced in later years with a long grain and wild rice version that …

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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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