Friday, June 10, 2011

New Site for Vintage Cookbooks & Crafts Blog

Looking for the Blog? Go to
After five years at this site, I decided to merge my site and my blog. Thanks to the help of designers Jeff and Beth Tindall  I have a great new interactive site. Check it out!

I'll be moving over notifications and widgets over the next few weeks as I figure them out.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Handwritten Recipe Wednesday: Lemon Velvet Ice Cream

It's sweltering here in Chicagoland and our air conditioning went out last night.  I may have mentioned my house if pretty vintage and sometimes that is not a good thing. So here I found I nice cool recipe for today from one of my collected handwritten recipe boxes. Enjoy!

Lemon Velvet Ice Cream
2 C sugar
2 lemons (juice)
2 cup milk
2 cups cream
Pour lemon juice over sugar and let stand.  Scald milk, cool, add cream. Add lemon & sugar. Slowly stirring constantly. Freeze immediately.

Yum. I'd love to eat some now. Then bathe in it.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Molly MacRae Monday: We All Scream for Ice Cream!

It's the first Monday of June, and that means popular author Molly MacRae is back with humor and an -er - interesting recipe...-AA

We All Scream for Ice Cream!

One of my favorite poems, when I was a kid, went something like this:

I scream,
You scream,
We all scream for ice cream,
Rah, rah, rah!
A boola, a boola, a sasparoola,
You take chocolate and I’ll take vanoola,
Rah, rah, rah!

Recite that and you just want a bowl of ice cream. Vanoola with chocolate sauce. Mmmm. Recite it often enough and you end up eating a lot of ice cream. My brothers and I did. Lots of ice cream.

Sadly, now that I’m older and more health conscious, I look for ways to discourage over consumption of cholesterol, fat, and sugar-laden treats. It’s a hard slog. But recently I ran across the perfect recipe. It might even discourage ice cream consumption completely. It involves ketchup and ice cream and, frankly, it makes me want to scream.

Here it is, from the 1957 H.J. Heinz Co. $25,000 “Cook with Ketchup Contest” 57 Prize-Winning Recipes booklet, Recipe #43: Pink Peach Sundae.

¾ cup peach preserves
¼ cup Heinz Tomato Ketchup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon allspice

Combine ingredients in saucepan; simmer, stirring, 5 minutes. Serve warm or cold over vanilla ice cream. Makes about ¾ cup sauce.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

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 chocolate glaze and coconut on some of them. The boys liked the chocolate and coconut on them, I liked just coconut, and my husband liked just chocolate on them. We all felt the plain ones were missing something. The chocolate is just melted semi-sweet chips. Here's our recipe:

Hawaiian O-Nuts
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/8 tsp. salt
2 beaten eggs
1 tablespoon melted butter
3/4 cup well drained crushed pineapple
1 tsp. vanilla
Bake at 325F for 10 minutes, until they spring back when touched.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

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 is over!

But here's some more reading from my librarian friend Marie to enjoy while I'm downtown. The shoestring beans description is priceless - what did they do with them at night?

Also, the camp fishing bait sounds rather delicious. Don't you think?