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The Ball Blue Book

The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes is a lovely old book filled with recipes and techniques to can pretty much anything you can think of.  It outlines canning methods (many of which are not deemed safe today),... Continue Reading →

Blackberry Pie on a Budget

The Budget Cook Book, written by Ida Bailey Allen, International Authority on Cooking and Nutrition, answers the question posed to the publisher by thousands of home-makers - "How can I prepare delicious, nutritious meals at low cost?  While some of these... Continue Reading →

Happy Father’s Day

Well, it's Father's Day, and all I've done is phone my Dad, and make some strawberry jam from some of the strawberries I bought when he and I went to some farmer's markets yesterday.  The strawberries made me think of... Continue Reading →

Chocolate Sponge

Last night I finally made a dessert I've  been wanting to make since I first came across it inside my 1944 Good Housekeeping Cookbook.  It's a recipe page advertising Fry's Cocoa and Knox Gelatine.  One side has a recipe for... Continue Reading →

Girl Guide Cook Book

I've been involved in the Girl Guide movement for over 35 years now.  I started as a Brownie, and went all the way through.  I have been a leader for every age group at one time or another, and am... Continue Reading →

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