Thursday, October 2, 2014

Stuffed Mushrooms with Uneeda Biscuits Recipe

Oh well, I guess the Uneeda Biscuits are discontinued, but you can follow this recipe (circa 1970s) from a friend of my Aunt's. 

I think the Goya crackers might be a good substitute. Try it this year for a Thanksgiving and any night fall and winter side dish.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

How to make sweet salty candy glazed pecans

The recipe is made using hand roasted pecans in a cast iron frying pan of course. 


Fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas DIY recipe for making gifts for family, friends and colleagues.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Market Basket is Back - Market Basket Ashland Demoulas

Market Basket is finally back! I don't know what about this story made me so emotional. The saga was heart wrenching. Maybe it's because I worked in a supermarket when I was in high school. In fact, it was in the same plaza as the Ashland Market Basket many years ago.


 I don't know. A few weeks ago, I drove by the Market Basket in Ashland and beeped my horn at the employees standing at the edge of Route 126 protesting. Waved and shouted cheerfully a big thank you.
 
After I drove by, it took me by surprise, but I started crying. I can't explain it really or figure out why. I felt a little silly wiping away the streaming tears alone in the car. I had not been into the store since the walkout. Like others, for about nearly six weeks had to grocery store hop all over the community. I visited Shaws, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and Roche Brothers. I know my way around a supermarket, but the low prices and quality of food was lacking in most. However, I did treat myself to a smoothie at Whole Foods and they had very good corn. The produce at Shaw's never is up to par with Market Basket, even the fresh fruit. Roche Bros., was great one night after work when I could partake of the hot buffet. Very expensive, but for a treat was nice to not have to cook. I couldn't keep this up for many weeknight dinners. So, that's what I did, running around here and there and not getting the variety I was used to at Market Basket. There are certain products one can only get at Market Basket.

So today, two days after the Artie T deal, I ventured into the store on Pond St., Ashland. It was exciting, they had signs everywhere thanking the customers. The employees were all smiling and laughing. The customers whom I bumped into were smiling and talking to each other. Things like 'it's so good they are back' and 'I missed it so'. This is a store that is always busy, where you have to veer your shopping cart carefully so as not to hit anyone and no time to stop and chat with strangers. Today, it wasn't crowded but it was joyful! Much was stocked on the shelves, with more meats and produce to come in they say. They did have asparagus, one of my faves, so got a pound. I forgot a few things, because mostly I was just lurking around, glad to be back to a normal place and routine. Told the cashier I would be back on Sunday :-) As I walked out, thanked the store manager and he said genuinely - 'Thank you for all support'. And then, as I crossed the parking lot, I had tears in my eyes, again! Whew! Still, cannot explain why. Anyway, am glad they are back up and running. Thank you to all the employees and their dedication to Market Basket and Artie T. Unbelievable!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Italian Anise Cookies Recipe


I used to work at an old-fashioned country store.  In the store was a bakery and the baker shared this recipe with me many years ago.  Each year at Christmas, I would end up calling her and asking her again for the recipe, since I misplaced it - repeatedly.


 I finally found the recipe on an old yellow index card.  My attempt here is so that I can share with you, but also so that I can never have to worry about where I left the index card.  These are soft and moist, just right. 



Saturday, April 5, 2014

Another Recipe for Clam Fritters New England

Another recipe from Recipes Today, a vintage cookbook from Boston, MA.
If you are from New England or were, you can never have too many old-fashioned favorites on hand.
Also, here's the clam fritter recipe, my Mom used. She served them every 4th of July.



You can see the other two posts from the same old cook book on this blog as well.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Recipe
Whipped Cream Cake Recipe

Old Recipe Whipped Cream Cake Boston, MA

Here's another recipe from Recipes Today and old cookbook from a Boston Hospital. 
The recipe sounds really good, have to try this so soon.  
Check out the Winston Flowers advertisement on Newbury Street with Circle 7-8096 and Kenmore 6-6863.

From the same vintage cookbook, check out Strawberry Rhubarb Pie.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Vintage Recipe Boston, MA

I found myself looking at an old cookbook again today.  The booklet is called Recipes for Today from The Massachusetts osteopathic Hospital Women's Association.  I can't date this, but the zip codes in the advertisements are beyond my recollection and looks like phone numbers were circle? 
(see next post)


But, there are some super recipes in the book. 
This is for Strawberry Rhubarb Pie


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Quick Shrimp Dip Recipe

Another old recipe from the 70s, but does not go out of style.  Using a can of baby shrimp, this shrimp dip recipe is quick and easy for any holiday pre-gathering.
Serve with wavy chips and/or crackers.


1 large (pkg) cream cheese
1 can shrimp
1/3 cup mayonnaise
3 Tbsp chili sauce
Minced onion (to taste)
lemon juice
1/4 tsp worcestershire sauce

That's it, just blend all together, refrigerate until serving time.  Let the flavors marry overnight
and will be even better.


Use vintage recipes and give gifts to friends and family.
 Add tags and personalize with a retro vintage style look with a black cast iron stove.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Baked Bread and Cheese Old Fashioned Recipe Sunday Night Supper

A great Sunday night supper I just discovered.



I love looking through old vintage cookbooks.  Yesterday, I found the Lily Wallace New American Cook Book.  This book reminded me of the one I have from my Mom.  I found a recipe though that I had not seen and that is the Baked Bread and Cheese.  It's amazing and makes a great lazy, easy Sunday night supper. 
It's like an omelette and a quiche.  So, simple and yet so tasty.  I used mild cheddar, but I think a mix of Fontina would be so yummy.  It's oh so creamy.  Next time, might use some cream instead of milk.  Better than Mac and Cheese! Better yet, can be great for leftover breakfast work sandwiches.


Dark in the house, so images didn't pan out so well, (no pun intended).




Monday, February 17, 2014

About New England Style Hot Dog rolls and HoJo's

A friend and colleague gave me a link to an article today that I had not seen before. It was about the origin of the top-side sliced hot dog roll. Quite interesting to find out that it was started by the Howard Johnson's Restaurants, you know the old orange roof. The article is still online as of this writing:  Boston Globe article about Hot Dog Rolls .

There's mention of Fenway Park and the top-sided rolls they use and HoJo's of course. 
Also, gives a link to making your own buns as they call them.  There is also a manufacturer that makes a pan if you would like to make your own rolls.   You can follow a link to a recipe for
making Lobster Salad also, but it is by subscription, I believe.

To make authentic Lobster Salad, it's quite easy, just use Hellman's Mayonnaise, a little bit of celery and that's that. Serve in the top sliced hot dog roll that is toasted or grilled.

If you are toasting the roll on an open fire, rather than in a frying pan, just spread a little mayonnaise on both sides before toasting and you won't get a burnt roll. You can find the New England Buns from a few shops online if you are in the Midwest, California or Florida.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Salted Caramels with Pecans and Cashews Christmas Candy

 Salted caramels with cashews and pecans recipe without using corn syrup.

Making candy at Christmas is a great way to keep traditions alive. My grandfather and my mother made candies, caramel popcorn, all kinds of baked goods too. One thing I remember is Caramels. These are soft and chewy, melt in your mouth and are very addicting. They make great gifts for neighbors and are perfect treats for most anyone on your list. 

Put them in a fancy jar with a ribbon and you're good to go.  
I used this recipe

Don't want to make your own? Available on Etsy.
 
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tb vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy or whipping cream
  • 4oz salted butter, room temperature
  • Coarse sea salt 
  • Hand roasted Pecans and Cashews
    This is based on the recipe from Cannella Vita

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Old-Fashioned Jelly Roll Recipe 1933

I found this old cookbook today called All about Home Baking, from General Foods Corporation 1933. 

In it, there was this recipe for
Old-Fashioned Jelly Roll.
I remember my mother had a jelly roll pan and wonder where it went.  Why don't I have a jelly roll pan.  This is a really good recipe and looks to be simple.

I found the book really interesting on a few levels.  First, the book was inscribed:

"To Mother"
From Alma"

and I wondered who the mother was and who Alma was and why she wanted to give her mother a book
of recipes.  Seems it would be the other way around.  Maybe I'm not reading the inscription correctly. :-) 

Enjoy the recipe if you can make out the directions.  If you do make the jelly roll, please let me know and send an image if you can. The Cook Book is also available on Etsy.

Ciao!

Vaya con Dios