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A Walk on the Beach

That girl on the beach is me.  A long time ago.  It has always been one of my favorite images of my life back then, and also a favorite of my two daughters.  It was originally a photograph taken by my college roommate, but the above is an oil painting.  A very special painting by […]

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Secrets of the Old Tin Box

Anna Juljaana Vanni Halonen was my husband Bill’s Finnish aunt, known to the family as Aunt Ann.  When Bill and his cousins recently started cleaning out Aunt Ann’s home in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the kitchen revealed some family treasures.  If there is anything that gets my attention more than old cookbooks, it’s old recipe boxes.  When Bill […]

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The Comfort of Homemade Noodles

To our family, nothing is more comforting on a cold winter’s day than my great aunt Margie’s homemade noodles.

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Memorial Day and a 1940’s recipe

Memorial Day is sacred in our country, as it should be.  I wanted to honor my Dad today, who was a World War II veteran.  This is a photo of the ship on which he served during the war, The USS Porter.  I would also like to honor my friend Lisa’s son, Will, bravely serving in […]

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Ain’t Life Grand?!

I lost the dust jacket from this book long ago, so it’s not much of a photo.  However, the recipes will make up for it.  Great Dinners from Life is a classic from Time-Life Books.  The first few lines say:  “This is a book for people who like to have friends in for dinner.  It is […]

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Miss Fannie Merritt Farmer And My Grandmother

Welcome to the very first blog post of The Culinary Cellar!

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