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Mom’s Recipe Box: Kathleen Shares “Grandpa Frank’s Spaghetti Sauce”

Posted on December 24, 2017

                  In Time For the Holidays – “Grandpa Franks’s Spaghetti Sauce” from Kathleen   It has been awhile since I’ve made an addition to  “Mom’s Recipe Box” and this is one I know my mother would love. It comes from Kathleen Pope, who is married to my second cousin Brad on my dad’s side  (my cousin Betty-Jane’s son). Thus Kathleen is Mom’s great-niece. As I’ve said before, Mom was all about family. She adored hearing about what was going on with each family member. Looking forward to every new recipe, I know Mom would have been so pleased to learn about Kathleen’s blog “The Fresh Cooky”  –   Kathleen noted that years back her grandfather had,…

Christmas Baking & Oranges in Stockings

Posted on December 24, 2016

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   Food is an integral part of Christmas and baking can be a most satisfying aspect of the season. Long hours spent peeling, measuring and  mixing are quite worthwhile when the finished product is eagerly anticipated by family and friends.   A sight that heralds the holiday for me is loaves of banana bread fresh out of the oven, later wrapped in foil for delivery. This isn’t just any banana bread, it is a family baking tradition being carried on by my sister Candy made from our mother Cecelia’s recipe which was handed down to her from our grandmother Delia. It is tricky trying to achieve the precise flavor and consistency resulting from this recipe. Done right…

Mom’s Recipe Box: Candy’s No-Salt Crockpot Simmered Vegetable Soup

Posted on December 7, 2016

            Candy’s No-Salt Crockpot Simmered Fresh Vegetable Soup     Soup is the ultimate comfort food. Unfortunately, most store-bought or restaurant soups are loaded with sodium. In an effort to still be able to partake of one of the most enjoyable of all food selections but in a healthier way, my sister Candy decided to experiment and create her own no-salt, crockpot simmered, fresh vegetable soup.                     She found Swanson’s no-salt broth at the Stop & Shop supermarket, then picked out fresh cabbage, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, celery, broccoli, onions, and green pepper. From there it was a matter of peeling and chopping. Homemade soup can pretty much be flavored…

Mom’s Recipe Box: Baked Lemon Pepper Salmon & Fresh Vegetables

Posted on October 9, 2016

          Baked Lemon Pepper Salmon & Fresh Vegetables   My first experience of salmon was for a holiday dinner at Apricots Restaurant in Farmington, Connecticut. Served in what can be described as a gourmet portion, the salmon was cooked to perfection and presented with a few stalks of tender asparagus. Overall, it was simply divine.   Not only is salmon delicious but it is found on every list I have read of foods that are good for the heart. The thing is – salmon can be expensive at the grocery store. As well, the thought of preparing an unfamiliar fish dish can be intimidating.   A recent sale on salmon, however, at Big Y World Class Supermarket in the area…

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: 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 Summer Twist on B&M Raisin Brown Bread with Crockpot Simmered B&M Boston Baked Beans

Posted on July 23, 2015

                    “Roll out those lazy, hazy crazy days of summer……”         Awhile back Aimee Seavey wrote a delightful food piece titled “B&M Brown Bread in a Can” for Yankee Magazine’s newsletter “New England Minute”. She spoke of canned B&M Brown Bread and B&M Beans made in Portland, Maine as a New England Saturday night supper favorite. True. Growing up in my Connecticut home it was especially popular during the autumn and winter months served with poached egg topped corned beef hash.   With the hot weather having settled in, and my recent discovery of B&M Raisin Brown Bread at Price Chopper ( the raisin variety is what I like best, but until…