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Southern Comfort: Cheese Biscuits

Growing up in Virginia, I ate my share of biscuits, but never took seconds unless they contained cheese. My New England friends can’t quite cotton to a salty, savory combination of cheese, flour, and butter. They expect my homemade version … Continue reading

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For Mother’s Day: Grandma’s Apricot Bars

Though I didn’t spend much time in the kitchen with either of my grandmothers, I enjoy remembering them by making the recipes that they left behind. For Mother’s Day this year, I wanted something sweet and brightly flavored, so I … Continue reading

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Cranberries in a pie crust

Just in time for Thanksgiving, my neighbor organized a pie swap. Each of us baked a pie, then sliced it up and shared a sample with the other participants. For ideas, I looked through handwritten recipes from my grandmother and … 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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Biscuits from Grandma Bertie

Raised in coastal North Carolina, Grandma Bertie never lost her Southern accent, even though she spent much of her adult life in West Virginia. She never lost her taste for regional delicacies, either, including hush puppies (which I compared to … Continue reading

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Grandma’s Saucy ‘Snap’ Beans

When I was growing up in Richmond, Virginia, my grandmother always called green beans “snaps,” short for snap beans.

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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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