Monthly Archives: January 2015

Potato Soup with a ‘Teacupful’ of Rice

Call this Civil War Potato Soup comfort food from the 1860s. Thickened with rice as well as bread, the recipe from Godey’s Lady’s Book puts a triple helping of starch in a bowl. It promises nothing fancy and delivers nothing but soothing warmth.

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Abraham Lincoln’s Favorite Cake

Because this year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War, I’m immersing myself this month in recipes from the 1860s. Most women of that time started married life knowing how to make a few dishes. … Continue reading

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Arctic Weather Calls for Hot Spiced Rum

How low did Boston temperatures plummet this week? Officially, 2 degrees below zero. With wind chill, make that 30 below. It made my down coat feel like a light sweater. After 10 minutes of walking my recalcitrant and baffled dog, … Continue reading

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In My January Kitchen

January in New England typically brings ice, snow and more snow — ideal weather for soups and stews. With inspiration from Australia-based Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, I am sharing highlights from my kitchen this month.

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A Sunny Cocktail for the New Year

Mimosa? No, thanks. Even on a day for Champagne, fizzy orange juice seems to start the day off with static. I found and adapted a calmer but still festive orange juice cocktail in Charleston Receipts (1950), recipes collected by the Junior … Continue reading

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