Tag Archives: Christmas

Follow Me to Tennessee Cookies

I’ve been waiting to try recipes from The Pear Tree, a cookbook from the Junior League of Knoxville, Tennessee (1977), ever since my daughter and I sped out of Nashville just ahead of a major storm in 2015. The book’s … Continue reading

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Christmas Welcoming Bread

Take ordinary baking powder biscuits, top them with a sugary fruit and nut mix, and suddenly they transform into Christmas bread. That’s what the Michie Tavern in Charlottesville, Virginia served in the 1700’s,

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More Joys of Jell-O

Take the ingredients of a typical Christmas dessert (dried fruits, citron, nuts, cinnamon), mix them with Jell-O and what do you get? Jell-O Plum Pudding, of course!

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Fruits that Sink, Fruits that Float

Jell-O for the holidays? In the 1930s, festive molds competed with cookies on many holiday buffets. 

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A Chocolate Mint Tea Room Treasure

Before malls swallowed up main streets, department stores reigned during the Christmas season. People lined up at display windows around the country to gawk at elaborate renditions of Santa’s village as well as mannequins in sequined party wear. The tea rooms … Continue reading

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