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A bite of history from the kitchen.

Scotch Shortbread

Today is shortbread day at my house.  I'm only making 2 kinds, so it's not chaos in my house, but it sure smells good!  Of course I'm making Nanny's shortbread.  It's Dad's very favourite, and my Christmas baking wouldn't be complete... Continue Reading →


A Most Perplexing Recipe

While flipping through The Young Housekeeper's Assistant I came across a rather puzzling recipe.  I keep looking at it, wondering how on earth it could possibly work.  Well, mostly I wonder how it could possibly fill a pie, however small. ... Continue Reading →

The Correct Art of Candy-Making

Opening The Correct Art of Candy-Making is a bit like walking into a candy store, but the candies are a bit different from what you'd likely find today.  There are dozens of recipes for nougat and caramels, taffy and marshmallows,... Continue Reading →

Cookies from the Girl Guide Cook Book

  Along with making my Christmas cakes and taking Mom to a craft fair to shop and to see how much Dad was selling, I baked some cookies for Mom to take to an event she's attending this week.   Since... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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