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Make a Wish – It Is National Plum Pudding Day

Posted on February 12, 2017

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   A message from National Day Calendar declaring today – February 12 – as National Plum Pudding Day was waiting in my e-mail inbox this morning. Immediately I thought of a post I had written which featured my Great-Grandmother Reeve’s recipe for Plum Pudding. That post was part of my Mom’s Recipe Box Family Series from two years ago.   Here’s the link to that story https://newsandviewsjb.com/2015/01/16/moms-recipe-box-great-grandmother-reeves-english-plum-pudding-with-brandy/     As is true of so many recipes they represent much more. In this case, my great- grandmother’s plum pudding recipe provides a direct connection to the Bennett’s English heritage, which was talked about among the family over the years as we poured through old family photo albums, and has since been…

Destination: Panera Bread Cafe Newly Opened in South Windsor, CT

Posted on January 13, 2017

Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   It has become tradition for my sisters and me to celebrate the January 12 anniversary of our mother’s birthday by picking a restaurant where we meet for lunch on that day. This year we could not think of a more perfect spot than the new Panera Bread Cafe in our South Windsor, Connecticut ‘neighborhood’ where we added to the celebration by using Christmas gift cards to Panera from our nieces Katie and Sofia.     Located on the edge of Evergreen Walk along Buckland Road, this is a busy place. A few features set it apart from other Panera cafes that I have been to, such as a popular drive thru window, self-ordering kioshs, an inside…

Home Baked Rich Muffins a Great Way to Start November!

Posted on November 1, 2016

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   With Thanksgiving just around the corner it is time to pull out the cornucopia of family recipes. Readers of newsandviewsjb may be familiar with my “Mom’s Recipe Box” series – a seven month series which featured old and new family favorites, including Rich Muffins.   Growing up one of the best surprises in the Bennett Household was to awaken to the aroma of my mother baking Rich Muffins downstairs in her RED & WHITE kitchen – a recipe that has been carried on to the next generations. I can’t think of a better way to start the month of November than with a batch of rich muffins. Put in the oven at 5:10 a.m. this morning and ready at…

My Secret Morning Slippers

Posted on July 27, 2016

  By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   Glance around the kitchen of my townhouse apartment and it is what one might call annoyingly heart healthy yet for good reason. From ever present Del Monte bananas atop the refrigerator, to boxes of cereal such as Kellogg’s Raisin Bran to Quaker Rice Cakes, to 99 percent fat free skinned chicken breasts, light Promise, fresh yellow and zucchini squash, asparagus, blueberries (the supposed miracle fruit), bing cheeries, watermelon … I could go on but you get the picture.   One of the best heart healthy weapons, however, resting in disguise by the front door of my living room are what I will call “my secret morning slippers”. One of my favorite things has become slipping them on early – and I do…

Col. Harry Generous Organized CT Air National Guard/ Cousin & Brothers Led Generations of Family Service to USAF

Posted on May 18, 2015

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   Since near the dawn of American aviation members of the Generous family have taken to the skies to serve their country. Harry, Al and Oliver (“Bunker”) Generous had roles in American aviation history. Commencing in the early half of the 20th Century to the present day, four generations of the Generous family have a proud lineage of USAF service that spans close to a century, in the U.S. Air Corp which became the U.S. Air Force, and in the Air National Guard.   Last Memorial Day I wrote a piece for newsandviewsjb titled “Quiet Heroes from Connecticut’s Quiet Corner” about two of my mother’s brothers who served during World War II, with a focus on her brother Oliver “Bunker”…

Mom’s Recipe Box: Holiday Encore & More from Candy – Pumpkin Cake, Banana Bread, Peanut Butter Bread and Cranberry Walnut Bread!

Posted on December 12, 2014

                Holiday Encore & More from Candy – Pumpkin Cake, Banana Bread, Peanut Butter Bread and Cranberry Walnut Bread!   I enjoy baking. It’s a feeling of accomplishment and anticipation of sharing. My Pumpkin Cake became a favorite to bring to family Christmas gatherings. I also would bake one for my school colleagues during the holidays. It’s my idea of a terrific recipe – easy to make and it can serve many people! The Banana Bread is my mother’s recipe. The bread always smelled good while it was baking as the aroma permeated the kitchen. Not every holiday, but often enough, Mom baked Peanut Butter Bread. I also bake it once in awhile and decided to add it to this…