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Celebrate the upcoming election with traditional Election Cake

To celebrate the election, I pulled out my American History Cookbook by Mark H. Zanger.  If you are interested in historical cooking, this cookbook is just amazing.  It is full of original recipes from American history, starting with the pilgrims and Native Americans in the 1600s through the 1970s.  All the recipes are associated with […]

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Beyond the Bisquick Box: The Suffrage Cook Book

I must admit, I am a bit jealous of families that have one of those wonderful, messy cookbooks, passed down from mother to daughter, with notes in the margins and stained from use.  Though I have memories of Thanksgiving dinners with my grandmother, I don’t remember anything particularly unique, and no one taught me anything […]

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Making the original Girl Scout cookies recipe in honor of my Girl Scout ancestor

Not long ago, I was searching through US City Directories on to see if I could find my grandmother or great-grandparents.  City Directories are wonderful because they provide little details that can turn a name into a person- for example, my great grandmother was listed as a dressmaker in 1897, giving me the address […]

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