Category Archives: Vintage Cookbooks & Crafts

Amy Alessio unleashes her extensive vintage cookbook and craft pattern collection on the unsuspecting public through her presentations and this blog. Mystery author Molly MacRae guest blogs with an unusual recipe every First Monday.

Mrs. Marvin’s Magic Muffins: More from the Nancy Drew Cookbook

Here’s another gem from the 1976 Nancy Drew Cookbook. Is Mrs. Marvin the mom of one of her friends? I believe so. I thought these sounded too easy. Would this really work? 1 cup self-rising flour 3 tablespoons mayonnaise 1/2 … Continue reading

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Raspberry Shortcake

This sounded delicious, but it has no picture. It is also from the 1934 Swans Down Cake Secrets pamphlet I’ve been blogging from lately.I love Raspberries. Raspberry Shortcake 3 cups sifted Swans Down Cake Flour 3 tsp. Calumet Baking Powder … Continue reading

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Fun Frostings

I’ve been blogging a lot from this 1934 recipe pamphlet lately. It was given to me by a host of a show and every time I open it I see something I want to make. Today I’ll put up a … Continue reading

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Sunshine Cake

This is from another gem the lovely Susan gave me at the Marengo Union PL last week: The Latest Cake Secrets from 1934. It’s from the Swans Down Cake Flour company. The caption on this cake is: “Sunshine Cake is … Continue reading

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Joshua and Owen’s Kitchen Kung Fu: Hawaiian O-Nuts

 It’s the return of summer Sunday blogs when my sons design their own recipes and bake them.  They decided to call their blogs Kitchen Kung Fu this summer. We (mostly them) made pineapple baked doughnuts this morning and put a … Continue reading

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More from Marie: Shoestring Beans and Camp Fishing Bait

I’m getting ready to head downtown Chicago today for Printers Row Lit Fest. I’m moderating a panel on adoption this morning then another on tween fiction. Great authors, and I’m sure this will be fun. More on that after it … Continue reading

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Retro Crafting Friday: Sock Dolls

Today is the first full day of summer for my older son. He has a list of recipes to try and crafts to do – along with Wii games, library programs, swimming, day camp, etc. I hope I have the … Continue reading

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More Recipes From Marie: Tips for Sunburn and Broth for the Sick

These are, I think, pretty readable. I love the plantain leaves tip but am not sure it works to help tetanus as described in the second paragraph. Also I don’t know where plantain leaves are in Illinois, but I’m no … Continue reading

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Show Schedule for June

Saturday, June 4:  Printers Row, Chicago I’ll be moderating a panel on adoption and another on tween fiction.Sunday, June 5:  Retro Summer Crafting, Forest Park Public LibraryThursday, June 16:  Crazy About Cakes, Morris Public LibraryJune 24 – June 26:  ALA, … Continue reading

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Handwritten Recipe Wednesday: Mock Date Nut Delight

Another mock pie from the same recipe box as last week’s selection. But Mock Dates? Why? Clara – the person who possibly wrote the recipe, has an unusual recipe here for sure! Mock Date Nut Delight3 egg whites beaten stiff.3/4 … Continue reading

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