Recent Recipe Posts

Corn Bread

A Recipe from the Mary Margaret McBride Encyclopedia of Cooking (1959) About the Recipe A friend of mine sent me a text the other day with a mission – She decided to give back this holiday season by stocking full Thanksgiving dinners-for-four in the community fridges in her neighborhood in Brooklyn. Did I have any…Continue reading »

Pork Chops, South Seas

A Recipe from Simple Hawaiian Cookery (1964) About the Recipe Pork chops are one of my husband’s favorite things to eat, and in truth this is the first time I’ve ever cooked them. This recipe, with its simple execution and easy to find ingredients felt like a good place to start. And actually – it…Continue reading »

Eggplant Parmesan

A Recipe from The Italian Cookbook (1956) About the Recipe I’ve been planning on making eggplant parm for years. I’ve looked at recipes, bought the eggplant, and then chickened out numerous times. It took a small (COVID responsible) gathering to push me to make it, and all I can say is WOW. Although it feels…Continue reading »

Basic Red Sauce

A Recipe from The New York Times Cookbook (1961) About the Recipe When I was gifted this cookbook, I did what I always do when I get a clearly well-loved tome – I let it fall open to see where it landed. And it landed on this sauce. As with most oft made recipes, this…Continue reading »

Raisin White Bread

A Recipe from Fleischmann’s Bake-it-easy Yeast Book (1972) About the Recipe After a request for raisin bread from my husband was compounded with a weekly challenge in my favorite vintage cookbook group asking for a dish out of a vintage advertising book, I knew exactly where to turn! Like many folks out there, yeast breads…Continue reading »

Potatoes Fried with Bacon

A Recipe from Mary Margaret McBride Encyclopedia of Cooking (1959) About the Recipe The request from my friend was to make a potato dish that would go well with ribs and a veggie dish – so potatoes fried with bacon it was! It’s so simple, but so delicious. I used an extra piece of bacon…Continue reading »


A Recipe from The Dragon’s Fare, Drexel Women’s Club Cookbook (1972) About the Recipe Such a simple and delicious base recipe. Becky and I couldn’t find manicotti at the store (because… pandemic.), but we did find some shells so we just used those instead. We spruced up the filling with a little bit of additional…Continue reading »

Sour Cream Oatmeal Cookies

A Recipe from 50 Wonderful Ways to use Sour Cream (1955) About the Recipe This dairy-centric twist on the classic oatmeal cookie results in cookies with the texture of clouds. These come out light and fluffy on top, with a little bit of crunch from the nuts and the bottoms. I like whole raisins in…Continue reading »

Potato Kugel (Meat)

A Recipe from Grandma’s Kosher Recipes (1968) About the Recipe The same way that every Italian family has its own red sauce, every Jewish family has its own kugel recipe. Full disclosure – this is not my family’s recipe, but it is really freaking good. This is the kind of recipe that could be adapted…Continue reading »

Do-It-Yourself Casserole

A Recipe from Easy Ways to Delicious Meals, A Campbell Cookbook (1970) About the Recipe I’ve been making casseroles for years and years, and had never quite been able to articulate what’s been clearly printed in this book – the perfect proportions for a fantastic casserole. And the cardinal rule in vintage cooking applies –…Continue reading »


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