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Soups from Just How

"Cut the meat small, and chop the bones in pieces." So begins the chapter on soups in Just How, A Key to the Cook-Books by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney, originally published in 1878.  Though the book is small, the... Continue Reading →

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Poached Eggs, made unecessarily complicated.

Winter has been dragging on, and sadly I've been neglecting this blog.  Don't worry, I'm still accumulating new cookbooks and advertising pamphlets, but I've just not been blogging.  Today, though, is the first day of spring, and the first Monday... Continue Reading →

Cough and Cold Remedies

I've been away for a week for a wedding (congratulations, Mark and Elizabeth!) and I came down with a cold within two days of getting home.  Not fun!  I found some remedies in the Tried Favourites Cookery Book.  Some seem... Continue Reading →

Browny Cake

I came across this recipe the other day when I was looking for a brownie recipe, and it's so far from what I was looking for, I thought I'd share it.  I'm not going to make it, at least not... Continue Reading →

Crumpets without Yeast

The other morning, I was in the mood to try a different crumpet recipe.  The last ones I made were fine, but I was curious how they would be using a recipe without any yeast.  When I was looking for... Continue Reading →

Banana Bran Bread

I have no clue how old this recipe is, or who wrote it down in the tattered old Double Q Note Book it's in.  The note book is filled with old recipes, written out in lovely old script, and this... Continue Reading →

Suppers – Novel Suggestions for Social Occasions

Suppers - Novel Suggestions for Social Occasions is a small book, but one of my favourites.  It was compiled by Paul Pierce in 1907, and is full of intriguing menu and party ideas.  Even though styles of entertaining have changed drastically... Continue Reading →

Indian Meal Flappers

  The only reason I made these is because the title caught my eye.  It actually made me laugh out loud in the waiting room where I was passing time until my car had had it's seat heater repaired.  Sadly,... 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 →

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