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Battle of the Shortcakes Follow Up

Back on July first, Canada Day, I had made 2 different shortcakes to compare the 2 major shortcake styles.  The cake sort of strawberry shortcake is what I'm familiar with, having grown up eating that kind, but I'd also heard... Continue Reading →

Happy Canada Day!!

It's Canada Day, and today marks Canada's 150th year as a country.  As usual, my family is celebrating with a barbecue in my parents' back yard.  We'll have the usual yummy fare, steaks and lamb chops on the barbecue, corn... 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 →

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

I knew if I dug around through my cookbooks, I'd find at least a few Valentine's recipes to share, and A Thousand Ways to Please a Family had a whole Valentine's luncheon menu, so I am sharing that here today.... Continue Reading →

The fruitcake was delicious!

Just an update to let you know that the Christmas or Wedding Cake recipe I posted a month or so back from the Ogilvie Cook Book turned out perfectly!  Moist, fruity, delicious... yum!  Definitely a recipe I'll be making again!... Continue Reading →

Vegetarian Options for Christmas Dinner

My niece is vegetarian, and since she was coming for dinner, I started researching vegetarian main dish options that were festive enough for Christmas dinner.  I found two, and ran them past her for approval.  She ended up with tofu.... Continue Reading →

Candy for Christmas

It's almost Christmas, and I've been rushed off my feet, too busy to make Christmas candy, but since The Correct Art of Candy-Making arrived in the mail yesterday, I thought I'd better share some recipes!  The classic, of course, is... Continue Reading →

A Few Etiquette Pointers

Annie R. Gregory has 3 and a half pages dedicated to table etiquette tips in her 1907 Woman's Favourite Cook Book.  I won't list them all, but I'll give you some of the less obvious ones to help you get... Continue Reading →

A Christmas Menu, 1907 Style

For those of you who haven't yet planned your Christmas menu, or those who are curious about how holiday meals have changed over the years, I'll be posting a few different Christmas menus over the next couple of weeks.  I... Continue Reading →

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