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“As American As Apple Pie”

Posted on May 13, 2016

  Write-Up & Photo by Jacqueline Bennett   National Apple Pie Day, May 13, pays homage to a fruit-filled delight which is much more than the quintessential American dessert – apple pie it is a symbol of American culture and ideals. “As American as apple pie” is an expression which has been around for at least a century and a half since 1860, note on-line sources. During World War II , “mom” became part of the idiomatic phrase thanks to American soldiers who said they were fighting for “Mom and Apple Pie”. Eventually “the boy/girl next door” was added, rendering the popular articulation which remains relevant in this the 21st Century, “As American as Mom, apple pie and the boy next door”.  …

Mom’s Recipe Box: Nandini’s Caramel Bread Pudding

Posted on November 13, 2015

                                                                                                  Nandini’s Caramel Bread Pudding   When I came across this recipe I knew I wanted to include it in my Mom’s Recipe Box Series. I found it on a wonderful blog called Goan Imports written by Nandini.   Bread pudding was one of my mother’s favorite desserts. I believe her mother – my grandmother Delia – made it when – my mother Cecelia – was growing up. Perhaps Mom made bread pudding for my older brothers…

Firefighters’ 66th Annual Peach Festival – Aug. 28, 2015 – Manchester, Connecticut

Posted on August 27, 2015

        Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   Manchester, Connecticut firefighters will host their 66th Annual Peach Festival Friday, August 28 at the Fire Headquarters on 138 Main Street. The 8th District Utilities volunteer firefighters will hold the event rain or shine. Not to fear however – the weather is predicted to be wonderful!     The Peach Festival is slated to get underway promptly at 6 p.m. and run to 8 p.m. or later depending on the turnout, which is usually large. Tickets (available at the door or beforehand at the fire headquarters) are $5 for a bowl of peach shortcake topped with freshly cut peaches and whipped cream. Live music and door prizes are typically part of this…

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: “Bachelor” Angel Food Cake from Frederick II

Posted on September 5, 2014

              “Bachelor ” Angel Food Cake from Frederick II   A favorite pastime for my brother Frederick II and his wife was hosting and attending bridge parties, for which she would make homemade treats.   When my brother was back on his own, he maintained the friendships the two had as a couple and decided he would make something himself  for the bridge games, relying on a favorite of his from his bachelor days – Angel Food Cake.  Courtesy of Betty Crocker mixes, the Angel Food Cake became anticipated and quite popular among his bridge buddies!   He has since retired his baker’s cap so for this edition of “Mom’s Recipe Box”, I baked an Angel Food Cake…

Mom’s Recipe Box: “By Request” White Chocolate Cheesecake from Donna

Posted on August 29, 2014

                        “By Request” White Chocolate Cheesecake from Donna   The White Chocolate Cheescake is one that is very time consuming but the outcome is worth it. I make it for special occasions only, as a Christmas gift or when I host Bunko.   In fact, one year I decided to get sophisticated and got a coffee flavored ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins and the ladies pitched a fit! They told me how much they looked forward to my cheesecake, and said it was the best they’d ever had. Needless to say that is what I make every time I host Bunko. It is kind of nice knowing that portion of the menu…