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About heritagerecipebox

I am named after my great-grandmother, who only prepared two dishes, according to anyone who remembers. Somehow I ended up with a cooking gene that I brought with me from Richmond, Virginia to my current home in Boston, Massachusetts. I have worked as a journalist and published three cookbooks plus a memoir and a novel. This blog gives me a chance to share family recipes and other American recipes with a past.

Gardening in a Time of War

You won’t find too many sumptuous meals in Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy in the Civil War. You will find two women gardening to supplement their meager larder in Secrets in a House Divided, the historical  novel I just … Continue reading

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Egg Nog in August: Pieathlon Time!

These dog days of August make frozen custard more inviting than a pie with a custard filling, but I couldn’t resist the call from Yinzerella of Dinner is Served 1972 for competitors in the 5th annual Pieathlon.

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Got Mint? Make Juleps!

When your garden is overrun with mint, it’s time to think beyond garnishes for fruit salads. I muddled my way through mojitos and decided to make another classic, the mint julep.

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Yee Haw! Rice for Cowboy Day

Most Hollywood-themed histories fawn over the glamorous stars and trivia associated with the early 20th century movie industry.  Recipes4Rebels packages film history in a more fun way.

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Slush with a Secret Ingredient

Quaker Oats claims to be the first food brand to print a recipe on its box in 1891, but it didn’t take long for other companies to make similar use of the space on their packages. They knew a captive … Continue reading

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Got Strawberries? Make Punch!

In colonial America, punch usually referred to a rum drink, served in a bowl that was imported from China if you were wealthy. The temperance movement inspired recipes for non-alcoholic punches and made the punch bowl a staple of everything … Continue reading

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Lemony Blueberry Kuchen

My Mother’s Day post inspired my cousin to mail me his collection of handwritten recipes from our grandmother, Bertie. He realized how much I would welcome this addition to my archives. Her favorite category? Sweets! This recipe dresses up ordinary … Continue reading

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