Appalachian Apples for All

Apples from AppalachiaI’m in the midst of moving to a new home in the Boston area, which means I’ve temporarily lost track of my favorite cookbooks and family recipes. Yet in the midst of filling boxes, I’ve found unexpected treasures like this pamphlet from Appalachian Apples, Inc. in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Continue reading

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‘Best Soft Ginger-bread Ever Made’

Gingerbread w molasses.jpgMrs. J. F. Banchor, the woman who contributed her recipe to Home Cookery: Collection of Tried and True Recipes from Many Households (1899), certainly lacked modesty but she didn’t lack baking skills. Continue reading

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A Honey of a Dressing

Honey dressing watermelon saladWhen in doubt for what to bring to a pot luck, look in your refrigerator. I found a whole watermelon and some arugula. How could I put those together? This seemed like a job for a good salad dressing. Continue reading

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Martini of the Stars

Chocolate martini 1National Day of the Cowboy, this year on July 22, conjures up images of campfires and beans, but Recipes4Rebels gives the day a more interesting spin. This blog celebrates actor James Dean and the recipes that he and his coterie of “Hollywood cowboys” made during Dean’s short life (1931-1955), Continue reading

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Pucker Up for a Shrub

shrub 1Fruit, sugar and vinegar sound like a recipe for a yuck-face emoji, but 300 years of history suggest otherwise. Continue reading

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Grandma’s Saucy ‘Snap’ Beans

String beans doneWhen I was growing up in Richmond, Virginia, my grandmother always called green beans “snaps,” short for snap beans. Continue reading

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George Washington Drank Here

Cocktail - Geo Washington KirA visit to Mount Vernon in Virginia, one-time home to George Washington, brings you into the dining rooms where he entertained and the fields and gardens where he grew his food. Continue reading

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