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Sing the Health Praises of Maple Syrup

Posted on March 15, 2016

  Article & Photos By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   What better time to sing the praises of maple syrup than March when the cold nights and warm days in New England have maple tree sap flowing. In most New England states March is considered Maple Month. Transformed from sap to syrup, this sweet delight joyfully tops waffles, French toast and pancakes. Thumb through “The Official Vermont Maple Cookbook” and it appears maple syrup can be used to enhance virtually every recipe known.   Often something that tastes so pleasurable is frowned upon for healthy diets. Au contraire when it comes to maple. Surprising information discovered for the recent newsandviewsjb post “New England Maple Excursions On Tap” revealed that when consumed in moderation, maple syrup…

Mom’s Recipe Box: It’s All in the Presentation! Merry Christmas Brownies

Posted on December 25, 2015

                  MERRY CHRISTMAS BROWNIES   When I decided to bake Christmas brownies I never imagined I would come across such a multitude of ideas, from brownies stacked as gifts and tied with bows to green frosting laden Christmas Tree brownies to pretzel ear reindeer brownies to white frosting bearded Santa Claus brownies. Well the list goes on and on and each idea looks like it would be fun to try.   I settled upon a simpler approach of my own – basic dark chocolate brownies presented on a holiday platter and accented by  Pepperidge Farm Gingerman cookies romping in whipped cream snow mounds.   Best wishes for a Merry Christmas! – Jackie          …

Mom’s Recipe Box: Melt-in-Your-Mouth Muffins Easy To Make With Kids

Posted on December 1, 2015

              Melt-in-Your-Mouth Muffins   Among the books my sister Candy ordered through the Scholastic Book Club she coordinated for her Grade 2 class, is one called “Stuck-on- Cooking” by Richard D. Williams and Linda Williams Aber. It contains recipes easy to prepare with children, including this one, “Melt-in-Your-Mouth Muffins”.   Not long ago she decided to give the recipe a try.  The muffins were quite tasty and just as the recipe says it shows the baker how to turn a plain muffin into “a special type of muffin” by creating a top crevace then adding in your choice of blueberries, apple slices, crushed pineapple, grated orange or lemon rind, chopped dates & chopped walnuts, cranberries or jelly.  …

Mom’s Recipe Box: No Eggs Tomato Soup Cake

Posted on August 7, 2015

                    No Eggs Tomato Soup Cake   With the cost of eggs on the rise, when my sister Candy came across a No Eggs Tomato Soup Cake recipe in our mother’s recipe box she thought it would be timely and helpful. It is one that Mom wrote out on an index card – we both always enjoy seeing the recipes written in Mom’s penmanship. My sister recently tried the recipe herself for the first time. It came out great.   The end result was so good that Candy said she will definitely bake this cake again – perhaps next time using a can of low sodium tomato soup. The recipe calls for a whole cup…

Mom’s Recipe Box: A Very Special Birthday Cake ! Series Conclusion

Posted on January 23, 2015

                            Mom’s Recipe Box Family Series Conclusion – A Very Special Birthday Cake!   What better way to conclude Mom’s Recipe Box Family Series than with a homemade birthday cake for the anniversary of my mother’s birthday that was on the 12th of January. Mom/Nana, Cecelia G. Bennett ( or as my dad called her, ‘Cecelia G.’), passed away in December, 2010. In the “Mom’s Recipe Box” series, that began on July 4, 2014 and ran weekly on Fridays, those who loved her so much – her family – added to and celebrated Mom’s/Nana’s collection of recipes. For the conclusion of the family series, my sister Candy volunteered to bake a very…

Mom’s Recipe Box: Great-Grandmother Reeve’s English Plum Pudding with Brandy

Posted on January 16, 2015

                  Great-Grandmother Reeve’s English Plum Pudding   During the “Mom’s Recipe Box Family Series” that began seven months ago, in the process of looking for photos to accompany the recipes more was discovered. Well, it happened again. A few days ago, while searching through my mother’s old photos for a picture to include with the series, came a wonderfully astonishing find – a journal of old family recipes penned more than one hundred years ago. It is handwritten in script by  Great-Grandmother Reeve, Gram Bennett’s (Bessie Reeve Bennett’s) mother, and my father’s maternal grandmother. I would imagine the journal was given to my father by Gram, which he in turn had my mother hold for safekeeping. She had kept it…

Mom’s Recipe Box: New Year Greetings with Bennett Family Favorites of Glen Jr., Kayleigh and Keri – Classic New England Lobster, Pumpkin Pie & Shepherd’s Pie

Posted on January 2, 2015

                “New Year Greetings with Bennett Family Favorites of Glen Jr., Kayleigh and Keri”   Family favorites are a good reason for a gathering.   Here are The Bennett Favorites at Glen Jr.’s house: Glen’s Favorite Classic New England Lobster; Kayleigh’s Favoite Pumpkin Pie; and Keri’s Favorite Shepherd’s Pie                         Glen’s Favorite Classic New England Lobster INGREDIENTS 2 or 3 tablespoons salt; 4 live lobsters (about 1 and a half pounds each); 1 half cup (1 stick) melted butter; Lemon wedges. PREPARATION Fill a large stockpot about half full of water. Add the salt and bring to a boil. When the water has come to a rolling…