"At my table, sit with me. I'll pour coffee or some tea. Perhaps we'll share our tears and laughter, and be friends forever after.


Welcome! Come on in, pull up a chair, have a cup of coffee and take a look at recipes from different cookbooks, vintage finds from vintage cupboards and enjoy sharing memories.

Friday, July 17, 2015

I just fixed the most amazing and wonderful tasting cake today.........

from scratch........no mixes.........a little extra time and effort.....
but so worth it.
This is from Fannie Farmer's cookbook ( you can read about her on my embroidery blog)

I chose the Lord Baltimore Cake today......although there is a Lady Baltimore Cake that more are familiar with.
The filling for this cake is so tasty and wonderful........

Here is the recipe

LORD BALTIMORE CAKE
1 stick butter                 1 cup milk
1 cup sugar                   2 cups cake flour
5 egg yolks                   2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 whole egg                  1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350. Grease and lightly flour two 8 inch round cake pans. Cream butter and sugar slowly, beating until light . Add the egg yolks and beat well. Add the whole egg, vanilla, and milk. Beat well. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt and add to first mixture. Beat until smooth. Spread in the pans and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pans for 5 minutes before turning out onto racks. Fill with Lord Baltimore Filling and frost with Seven Minute frosting.........recipes follow.

SEVEN MINUTE FROSTING 
A light billowy frosting with a sheen, Seven minute frosting dries out quickly, so keep it refrigerated if you're not using it withing a few hours.
1 1/2 cups sugar                            2 egg whites
1/4 tsp. cream of tarter                  1/4 cup water
1/8 tsp. salt                                    2 tsp vanilla
Mix sugar, cream of tarter, salt, egg whites, and water in a pot or bowl over simmering water. Beat steadily over low heat with a rotary or hand mixer until the frosting stands in peaks about 5 -7 minutes, no more. Remove from the heat and continue to beat until thick enough to spread. Add the vanilla before spreading. You will have enough to fill and frost an 8 or 9 inch two layer cake.
LORD BALTIMORE FILLING
1 recipe Seven Minute Frosting                                    2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 cup dry macaroon crumbs***** See photo            12 candied cherries in quarters***see note
1/4 cup chopped pecans                                                1/4 cup chopped almonds
Divide the frosting in half.  Leave one half of the frosting plain.........but add the macaroon crumbs, pecans, almonds, cherries and lemon juice to the other half .........this will be the filling for the cake.
Use the plain half of frosting to frost sides and top of cake. 


******I could not find coconut macaroons, but an elderly lady in the store told me that these coconut cookies would work..........she was right!
Also, I did not use candied cherries............my husband would not try this cake if it had the candied rubbery cherries in it...........so.........
I use dried cherries instead.
I chopped up about 1/2 cup of dried cherries.

This is how the filling looks


this is how the cake looks! It is so light , fluffy.......
and delicious! Enjoy


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A shelf in my kitchen is filled with vintage cookbooks that I collect..........

some of them are from the 30s

but most of them are from the 40s and 50s. 

I not only love them for the recipes, but for the extra ideas and help pages that are in most. Some books have instructions on how to set a pretty table .......for just the family, or for a large group.
I not only collect the cookbooks, but at least once a month, I pick out a recipe from one of the books.......
buy the ingredients.......
and cook or bake it for my family........
who sometimes will try it ........and like it.........
and sometimes........they wont even try a spoonful.......
but that is okay......
I want to try it!
I love the graphics from this time period as well. 
My most favorite cookbooks are those that have a story from the author........
about their life growing up or about the particular recipe printed.
The recipe above is from a collection of magazine cut outs.......pasted into a spiral........
that I found in an estate sale.
It is dated 1950 and it states
" Ann Pillsbury's Elegant But Simple Recipe"
I will post the recipe at the end of this post.
How about you?
Do you collect recipes or cookbooks?
What time period do you like most?
Do you try the recipes? Did you or your family like it?
Here is the recipe..........enjoy!