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Grandma’s Healthy Sweets from the 1910s

Dates, nuts, flour, and eggs – what could be simpler and healthier than my Grandma Bertie’s Date Strips?

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Hurry Up Curry: Convenience from the 1930s

In this age of microwave dinners and mail order meal kits, we all seem intent on erasing every extra second from food preparation. My Richmond grandmother, Hanna, was attracted to the same idea in the 1930s.

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No Crust, No Rolling Pin for Grandma’s Apple Pie

Apples have a long history in Massachusetts because the early colonists brought seeds from England to plant in the new world. The first orchard grew on Beacon Hill in Boston in 1623, now the site of the gold-domed State House … Continue reading

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Sunshine in a Jar

Berries go into preserves, tomatoes into sauce, right? That’s what I always thought until I found my grandmother Hanna’s recipe for Yellow Tomato Preserves.

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For Mother’s Day: Grandma’s Chocolate Cake with a Surprise

When my Grandma Bertie was growing up in coastal North Carolina about 100 years ago, she dutifully wrote down recipes from her mother, her aunts, and the ladies of the town. She never baked this chocolate cake recipe for me, but … Continue reading

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Shrimp Creole: New Orleans via North Carolina

My grandmother, Bertie (pictured above), grew up in coastal North Carolina, where hush puppies made a regular appearance on local menus. I’m not sure where she found this recipe for shrimp Creole.

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A Beginner Attempts a Prize-Winning Pie

  Embarrassing to admit, I never baked an entire apple pie before this weekend. How un-American!

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