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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 →

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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 →

Baked Apple Butter

I picked a peck, well, only about half a peck of apples from my tree this morning, and am in the process of turning the small, misshapen, scabby ones into apple butter.  I use the weird ones because they're harder... Continue Reading →

Slapjack Sandwiches

Slapjack Sandwiches, while pretty basic, are quick and easy and not bad at all.  They are featured in the Teen-age and Junior Cooks section of the Vancouver Sun's 10th Annual Cook Book, but we've had them a couple of times... Continue Reading →

A Different Take on Crumpets

I was flipping though a few cookbooks, looking for a muffin recipe to make for breakfast, and I came across another crumpet recipe.  I'm all for crumpets, and as these ones are made without yeast, I decided to make them... Continue Reading →

Bird’s Nests – an interesting breakfast idea

There are countless ways to make eggs for breakfast, and I've been seeking out some of the more unusual ones featured in my old cookbooks to try.  The recipe for bird's nests seemed to fit the bill. The idea behind... Continue Reading →

Oeufs A La Tzarine

Where do I even start with this recipe?  In the cookbook, it looked intriguing, and while not overly difficult, a bit fancier than ordinary breakfast fare.  In reality, it was still intriguing, and not too complicated to make, but it... Continue Reading →

Bacon to go with the Eggs

The eggs from yesterday's post needed some bacon to go with them.  Bacon and eggs are a classic weekend breakfast, and who am I to mess with a classic.  I figured I'd find some classic instructions to make the bacon... Continue Reading →

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