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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 →

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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 →

Cream of Banana Soup

Since there are so many recipes, tips, and sometimes illustrations that defy explanation, Wednesdays will now be dedicated to these. Just a page from a book. I will not be trying them, but if you're brave enough to, please let us all know how it turned out!

Bettina’s Christmas Cake

As I had a lot of fruit leftover from my first Christmas cake, I decided to make a second one.  Admittedly, this was partly to use the painstakingly prepped pans!  I flipped through a few books, and found A Butterless-Eggless-Milkless... Continue Reading →

It’s Beginning to Smell a Lot Like Christmas!

Today is a baking day.  I've been meaning to get around to making a Christmas Cake for a few weeks now, and finally it's happened.  I was worried, while measuring out all the fruit, that it wouldn't all fit into... Continue Reading →

Another Good Year, and Another Good Birthday Cake

Another year has passed, and it's been a great one.  Today is my birthday, and I anticipate another great year to come.  Being an optimist by nature sure helps! I just made a birthday cake for my sister a week... Continue Reading →

Really Good Griddle Cakes from the Lady Who Brought Us Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love pancakes.  I make them fairly often, and though I have a go-to recipe I usually use, I often experiment with new recipes.  Because I've already shared a pancake recipe on here, I hesitated to post a new one... Continue Reading →

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