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A bite of history from the kitchen.

A Favourite Christmas Cake

It took me a while, but I finally narrowed my Christmas cake choices to a few recipes in each of 6 different books.... then 3, and finally to just two recipes.  Now that the first batch is in the oven,... Continue Reading →

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A Few Christmas Recipes

I'm planning to make my Christmas cakes this weekend, so I've been looking at old cookbooks, trying to select a recipe to use.  I've not found one yet, but I did get lured into the pages of an old hand... Continue Reading →

The Mystery Chef’s Waffles

The Mystery Chef was the host of a popular radio cooking program in the '30s and '40s, and later had a cooking program on television as well.  His name was John MacPherson, and according to his introduction in the book,... Continue Reading →

Yorkshire Pudding Sauce

I love Yorkshire pudding.  If I'm making a roast beef, I invariably make Yorkshire pudding to go with it, though I did have a complaint recently from an English cousin when I didn't make it to go with a pork... Continue Reading →

French Toast Before It Was French

The Rotary Club of Nanaimo has a used book sale twice a year, and I always go to see if they have any new cookbooks in their antique book room.  Most times there are a couple that catch my eye,... Continue Reading →

A Seasonal Breakfast Dish

I have a little book of breakfast suggestions, one for every day of the year, excepting February 29.  Books of this age (approximately 1901) tend to keep to things in season, which is nice.  They did it because there were... Continue Reading →

Caramel Cream Cake

I wanted to make a nice cake for my family's Thanksgiving dinner, so I started flipping through my old cookbooks, of course, to find something that sounded good.  What I found was Caramel Cream Cake, which you have to admit... Continue Reading →

A Thrilling Surprise for Hallowe’en

Hallowe'en is fast approaching, and of course you're all wondering what exciting things to make for the big night.  I am here to help you with that!  I've found a rather perplexing recipe for small cakes (or cookies??) that look... Continue Reading →

Various Pumpkin Pie Variations

The picture above is a pumpkin patch in Sidney, British Columbia that I drive by most years in the fall.  I love how the field is almost entirely orange!  My pumpkin patch certainly doesn't look like that.  Sadly, this year... Continue Reading →

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