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Retro Recipe Week, Day Two

It’s retro recipe week!  Check out the blog from yesterday for the 1950’s porcupine meatballs, one of my husband Bill’s favorites.  Besides anything with meat, his next choice would be a cookie.  Bill is the original cookie monster.  In the family recipe box where I found the meatball recipe was an old-fashioned oatmeal cookie using lard, which I like […]

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Retro Recipe Week, Day One

If you read my blog from a few days ago, you might remember that I was lucky to be in the possession of a treasured family recipe box from my husband’s Finnish side of the family.  Many of the recipes are Finnish specialties, but there are also just as many from the 1940’s and ’50’s.  I […]

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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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Pillsbury Bake-Off #45: Pumpkin Ravioli with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream

It’s the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off with a million dollar winner and Martha Stewart as host. What could be more fun – except add Orlando to the mix and you have the makings of a magical contest!

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Wednesday Winner: (Grand National) Bake-Off # 15: Hungry Boys’ Casserole

The International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California was the exciting venue for the 15th Pillsbury Bake-Off contest.  One hundred excited contestants walked into the ballroom “Grand March” style and found their assigned areas to prepare their chosen dishes for the judges.  Television lights go up and the media descends upon the finalists, pen […]

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Pesto from one of my Favorite Guys

Hello, Bert.  How I still miss you.  If Bert Greene were still with us, he would tell you his favorite summer herb was basil.  When he ran The Store in Amagansett on Long Island, he used to grow yards and yards of it in a brick-bordered kitchen garden behind his house.  This is the pesto […]

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Pillsbury Bake-Off 1950

The Grand Prize winning recipe from Pillsbury Bake Off 2 in 1950 was “Orange Kiss-Me Cake.”

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First Pillsbury Bake-Off 1949

I will be writing about every single Pillsbury Bake-Off contest since the first in 1949! Let’s get started on this fun journey!

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