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Cookies from the Girl Guide Cook Book

  Along with making my Christmas cakes and taking Mom to a craft fair to shop and to see how much Dad was selling, I baked some cookies for Mom to take to an event she's attending this week.   Since... Continue Reading →

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A Favourite Christmas Cake

It took me a while, but I finally narrowed my Christmas cake choices to a few recipes in each of 6 different books.... then 3, and finally to just two recipes.  Now that the first batch is in the oven,... Continue Reading →

A Few Christmas Recipes

I'm planning to make my Christmas cakes this weekend, so I've been looking at old cookbooks, trying to select a recipe to use.  I've not found one yet, but I did get lured into the pages of an old hand... Continue Reading →

The Mystery Chef’s Waffles

The Mystery Chef was the host of a popular radio cooking program in the '30s and '40s, and later had a cooking program on television as well.  His name was John MacPherson, and according to his introduction in the book,... Continue Reading →

French Toast Before It Was French

The Rotary Club of Nanaimo has a used book sale twice a year, and I always go to see if they have any new cookbooks in their antique book room.  Most times there are a couple that catch my eye,... 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 →

Caramel Cream Cake

I wanted to make a nice cake for my family's Thanksgiving dinner, so I started flipping through my old cookbooks, of course, to find something that sounded good.  What I found was Caramel Cream Cake, which you have to admit... 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 →

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