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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 →

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 →

Kitchen Fun

Kitchen Fun is a darling little 1932 cook book for children that proclaims it teaches children how to cook successfully.  It was written by Louise Price Bell, and while just 28 pages long, it contains 2 dozen good basic recipes... Continue Reading →

Corn Bread for Breakfast

I am not sure I'd ever made cornbread before, but I really like it, so when recipes kept catching my eye in my cookbooks, I figured it was time to make some.  I flipped through a few books looking at... 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 →

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 →

Happy Birthday to my other sister!

Today my older sister turns.... well.... a few years older than me, so young!  That's Vic in the front of the picture above, me in the middle, and Cousin Tracy, whose birthday is also today, at the back.  We've all aged... 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 →

Betsy-Retsies

  Betsy-Retsies are what I'm making to have with dinner tonight.  I admit, I picked the recipe purely because of the name.  There is no indication in the Kitchen Cabinet Recipes book as to how they got their name, but... Continue Reading →

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