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Recipes from vintage American cookbooks

A Sweet Ending

For a dessert to end 2018, I found a recipe with just eight ingredients, all of them pantry staples: butter, two kinds of sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, chocolate, and nuts. The shortbread base with melted chocolate and nuts on top … Continue reading

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Here We Come for Cider Wassail

Who remembers the English folk song that starts, “Here we come a-wassailing among the leaves so green”? That’s what I hummed when I saw the recipe for Cider Wassail in The Blue Ridge Cookbook.

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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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