Author Archives: Amy Alessio

Lemon Bars – Do you have a favorite recipe?

The sun and warm weather appear to be finally arriving in Chicagoland, though we had some snow yesterday.  Spring makes me think of lemon bars, though I don’t turn them down any time of the year. My mother tried so … Continue reading

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100 cookies?

From St. Walter’s Church in Roselle, IL: Kitchen Kookery. This fascinating community cookbook (likely from the early 70′s) has tons of desserts and a few main dishes. How many community cookbooks do you have in your collection? I was interested … Continue reading

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Pink Cloud Dessert (Hint: Jello!)

Are you hosting Passover or Easter this year? Do you have a traditional favorite? My good friend once again referred to her family’s Passover Jello with pears and green Jello (often known as Under the Sea Jello in cookbooks).  This … Continue reading

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Norwegian Egg Salad?

Here’s another from the same 1959 Home Bureau of Jersey Cty. Community Cookbook I’ve been blogging from lately.  I’m not sure what makes this Norwegian. It seems like deviled eggs with ham. It sounds pretty tasty, with a fussy presentation, … Continue reading

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Mathematical Pudding

In honor of Stephen Hawking, I decided to post this recipe today. I’m not sure what makes it mathematical, but it sounds pretty good. It’s from the 1959 cookbook from the Home Bureau Women of Jersey County. “Mathematical Pudding” Cream … Continue reading

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Chocolate Flamingo

This is one of my favorite cookbooks in my collection. It’s a 1961 church cookbook from “The Ladies Aid of the First Evangelical United Brethren Church” of Leavenworth, Kansas. It’s held together with yarn, has this charming crafted cover with … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Collection: Blueberry Boy – Bait?

I’m clearing out a few cookbooks, and found a delightful late 1950′s community cookbook “Compiled by the Home Bureau Women of Jersey County” with a vinyl cover and held with metal rings. There is a terrific easy bread and roll … Continue reading

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Molly MacRae: The Case of the Mysteriously Named Ice Cream Sauce

Molly MacRae returns this month with an interesting Ice Cream Sauce…-AA We had a good crop of dill in our garden again this summer. By “crop” I mean volunteer weeds and by “garden” I mean the expansion crack along the … Continue reading

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Summer Adventures

For the past 10 years, I’ve enjoyed blogging about vintage recipes and crafts. I haven’t been blogging as much lately, but I’ve been making cooking and booking videos (talking about cooking and books) with my sons this summer at https://www.facebook.com/AlanaMysteries/ . … Continue reading

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Molly MacRae Mondays: Summer Cooking – It’s a Beach!

Happy summer! As she is finishing her next delightful book, Molly MacRae brings us a fun post and recipe to spark your memories of vintage mold salads. In the next week, I’ll be uploading the video book reviews and posts … Continue reading

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