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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 →

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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 →

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 →

Today is my Blogiversary!!

Today is my first blogiversary, and if I'd been thinking, I'd have planned a bloggable dinner party to celebrate!  I did have a few family members over for dinner on the weekend, but didn't cook anything blog-worthy, so today is... Continue Reading →

Lemon Snaps

I made Lemon Snaps to take to work.  They sounded amazing... tart, refreshing, and unusual.  The reality was a little  disappointing, but they were pretty good.  The dough did actually live up to my expectations, and I kept nibbling bits... Continue Reading →

Take Good Care of Your Teeth

Butterbone, the beagle in the picture, is so darn cute!  Even when he steals MY toothbrush to brush his own teeth!  It got me thinking about some of the interesting recipes in old books for tooth care preparations.  The two... 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 →

Cascade Berry Pie

I was recently down visiting my parents and Dad and I went out to pick the cascade berries.  Cascades are a cross between raspberries and blackberries, and quite tasty, so I brought some home to make a pie as the... Continue Reading →

Bachelor Buttons

Mrs. John Scott contributed the recipe for Bachelor Buttons to The New Galt Cookbook.  There is a whole chapter for cookies, and I have to admit that I picked this one mainly because it was the first one that I... Continue Reading →

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