Monthly Archive: June 2015

Vintage coffee cake aka Not a fancy coffee cake

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What is it about vintage recipes that intrigues me so? I guess it’s about the history, a time when recipe sharing was done by passing written or typed recipes by hand, sometimes when folks gathered together for a morning coffee break at someone’s home. I was gifted with such a wonderful lot of recipes from …

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“Snappies” possibly from Pogues – can you help?

From a reader: I’m looking for a recipe for something called “Snappies”. My husband remembers having them at his Grandmother’s. He describes it as a “very light cracker-like snack”. He says they purchased them downtown at possibly at Shillito’s but most likely Pogues”. I’ve never heard of them but he carries a fond memory for …

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Whatever happened to the breadbox?

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  My mother-in-law, a frugal German woman, always had a breadbox filled with bread on her counter. She never stored bread in the frig. After she passed away, I don’t know what happened to it, but wish I had gotten that breadbox. Especially now that I bake a lot of my own breads or buy …

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The bean herb and green beans with savory

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Savory, called the bean herb in Germany, helps dispel gas and comes in 2 varieties: winter, a perennial and summer, an annual. It has a tangy taste and a marjoram like flavor. (Marjoram is a mild tasting cousin to oregano). Winter is stronger tasting than summer. Lots of minerals and vitamins in this herb along …

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Basil, rose, lavender face splash

Basil, rose face splash.  That’s what granddaughter Eva, 7, and I made today for a community access show here at my house. You pour boiling water over basically just basil which cleanses the bacteria from your face and helps remove environmental toxins. Let it cool, then strain and splash on face, avoiding eyes. We also …

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Bible herbs that honor Dad and Grilled Pizza

Father’s Day is a time to honor all fathers, both biological and otherwise.  There are some Bible herbs and foods that have  significance especially for Dads.   Oregano (Hyssop)  Exodus Scholars believe hyssop to be a kind of oregano/marjoram.  Oregano is a very strong tasting herb, one that holds up during long and hot cooking times. …

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Simple country pleasures and Sunflower pizza

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Today really was a simple country pleasures kind of day. Son Shane brought his 3 girls over and I took the 2 oldest ones, Eva, 7 and Emerson, almost 3, down to the East Fork river. The girls caught crawdads, tiny fish and scooped up lots of shells and other treasures from the shallow water. …

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Frangolino

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What is it about strawberries that has you so captivated? Today more requests came in for strawberry recipes, and one that was requested was Frangolino, the strawberry liqueur/vodka. So, here’s how to make it: Frangolino/Strawberry Vodka One 500 ml bottle vodka 1 pound strawberries, hulled Combine both in a covered container. Put in cool, dark …

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Nothing artificial in these strawberry fruit rollups

If you look at this beautiful photo of fruit leather/rollup, you may be surprised that it contains only strawberries and a bit of honey from the hives. Black locust honey, to be exact.  Anyway, here’s the easy recipe: HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY ROLLUPS/FRUIT LEATHER These are better than anything you can buy. Full of vitamins and fiber! …

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Where are the weeds?

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Not here for sure. My friends Bob & Bert Villing always have a HUGE veggie garden that puts Martha Stewart to shame. I’ll share photos of my veggie garden later – I have to weed it first!!!

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