Reach for that reference

In living, cooking, writing . . . whatever the endeavor, why not reach for that reference?  When it comes to breakfast, I’m notorious for offering Wasa crispbread, cheese, yogurt and fresh fruit.  But my husband loves pancakes.  He just turned out his best batch ever with a “Griddle Cakes” recipe from our vintage Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book (1947) that was at the ready, sitting on our cookery bookshelf.  The secret ingredient:  two tablespoons melted bacon fat.        




Chowder for the Wolf at the Door

When 10 pounds of potatoes and a couple dozen ears of corn show up unannounced, welcome them home to the chowder pot. After transforming our

Apple Soup Sendoff

Farewells bring on mingled emotions. Some signal “goodbyes” and others “so longs,” with hopes to stay connected even over long distances. When the time came

Peppered Corn Meal

Preparing the perfect polenta sounds easy enough, but around my kitchen, it takes added patience to work with the grainy flour ground from white or