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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 →

It’s Fun to Cook Brownies!

It's a cold, snowy afternoon, and it's been a long cold winter.  Usually our winters here on the east coast of Vancouver Island are very mild, though rainy, and I am happy with that.  This year we've had more than... 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 →

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 →

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 →

More Waffles

We are all still off on holidays, and we have a house guest, AND I have a new cookbook.  I love hot breakfasts, and will use pretty much any excuse to make what one of my books refers to as... 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 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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