Whipped Cream

Shh, don’t tell any of the ladies in my church guild, but I despise “whipped topping”. I haven’t mentioned this aversion since I moved here 12 years ago because I feel it may be another mark against me. Cool Whip seems to be a freezer staple around here. A few times friends have asked to…
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Jelly Roll

Time and Effort: Quick and Easy! History: This is from a 1944 cookbook entitled “Home Baking Made Easy”. Jelly roll cakes were featured in cookbooks in the 1800’s. Worth Adding to your Repertoire: We recommend it! One of the things that I love about old cook books is the way they elevate cooking and housekeeping…
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Walnut Meringue Torte

Time and Effort: 40 minutes of preparation, 1 hour of baking. This recipe involves 3 separate parts, so it’s fairly time consuming, but nothing is particularly difficult. History: This recipe is from the 1947 edition of the Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book. Worth adding to Your Recipe Repertoire: A resounding yes! A torte is…
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Floating Island Pudding

I have heard of the dessert “Floating Island” many times and seen it in cookbooks, but had never made it or tasted it. I came across this version in the “Bagg Bonanza Farm”cookbook. The Bagg farm was one of the ND Bonanza farms that operated from the late 1800’s until 1950. This recipe is listed as Mrs.…
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Rhubarb Pie

Rhubarb Pie Rhubarb pie is not exactly an obsolete dessert, but neither is it as popular as it once was.  Here in the upper Midwest, rhubarb remains a very common spring time ingredient.  It grows well here, and is probably the first garden produce that can be harvested in the spring.  Although it was once called…
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