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Recipes from vintage American cookbooks

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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A Twist on a Whiskey Sour

I’d be more likely to pair whiskey with simple syrup than maple syrup, but I was intrigued by the Whiskey Sour recipe that I spotted in the Bemus Area Hometown Favorites cookbook from the Bemus Point Historical Society.

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Lemon Relish for Grilling Season

So what if we’re standing outside in our down coats instead of chili pepper-printed aprons? Spring traditions must go on. Continue reading

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Maple Flows from Tree to Table

Despite the snowy springtime in New England right now, it’s time to tap into a tradition that goes back to Native American history. In the 17th century, English settlers learned from the native people how to slash maple trees, collect … Continue reading

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Grog-gy Cheers to 2018!

This post finds me more-or-less installed in the kitchen in my new (and downsized) home near Boston. I knew it would be quite disruptive to pack up every dish, glass, fork, serving bowl — and cookbook. I didn’t realize how … Continue reading

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‘Best Soft Ginger-bread Ever Made’

Mrs. 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.

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A Honey of a Dressing

When 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.

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