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The Ball Blue Book

The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes is a lovely old book filled with recipes and techniques to can pretty much anything you can think of.  It outlines canning methods (many of which are not deemed safe today),... Continue Reading →

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Blackberry Pie on a Budget

The Budget Cook Book, written by Ida Bailey Allen, International Authority on Cooking and Nutrition, answers the question posed to the publisher by thousands of home-makers - "How can I prepare delicious, nutritious meals at low cost?  While some of these... Continue Reading →

Yorkshire Cheese Pie

When I first saw the recipe for Yorkshire Cheese Pie in the Vancouver Sun's 10th Annual Cook Book, I immediately marked it with a sticky note to come back to later.  It's nearly identical to curd cake, which was a... 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 →

Cookie Party!

Well, I'm finally getting around to blogging about the grand opening of the Lantzville Historical Society's new space.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I was asked to make a few different kinds of cookies from old recipes to serve... Continue Reading →

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 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 →

Bird’s Nests – an interesting breakfast idea

There are countless ways to make eggs for breakfast, and I've been seeking out some of the more unusual ones featured in my old cookbooks to try.  The recipe for bird's nests seemed to fit the bill. The idea behind... Continue Reading →

Rice Pudding so Easy a Child Could Make It

I have rice pudding in the oven to have for dessert.  Rice pudding was what I'd planned on making, but I was planning on using my Instant Pot to make my usual quick rice pudding, but I had The Mary... Continue Reading →

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