Tag Archives: Massachusetts

‘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. Advertisements

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Attucks Cake with Revolutionary Roots

When British troops opened fire into a crowd of patriotic protesters at the Customs House in Boston on March 5, 1770, five men were killed. The so-called Boston Massacre became part of the lead-up to the colonies in America declaring … Continue reading

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Snow Blower Cocktail for Patriots Fans

Since I live in the capital of Patriots Nation, I could hardly pass up a chance to serve my Super Bowl crowd a locally themed cocktail to supplement our beer. I found my recipe in the St. Jean’s Book of … Continue reading

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An Inaugural Food Tradition

As a candidate, President Donald Trump dispensed with many traditions. Continuing that theme, he  removed Boston-based Legal Sea Foods chowder from the celebratory menu, where it had been a fixture since 1981. Then he put it back! Want to make … Continue reading

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Party Punch that Swirls and Sparkles

Whether you plan to celebrate or protest, the U.S. Presidential inauguration week begins with gatherings of all kinds.

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Cornbread for a Harsh Climate

In the early 1600s, the first English settlers in Massachusetts saw a “wilderness,” yet the Native Americans saw a “rich landscape” that included corn, fruits, game, and dozens of varieties of fish, The Pleasure of the Taste cookbook tells us. 

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A Cider Cake Fit For a Governor

In 1850s America, anyone who wrote down recipes often measured in wine glasses and handfuls, if they measured at all. That’s true in a handwritten book kept by Sara Adelia Boutwell,

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