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New Year’s Eve Open Houses with John Jr. & Jane

Posted on December 31, 2014

  By: Jacqueline Bennett   For many years, my brother John Jr. and sister-in-law Jane hosted an open house on New Year’s Eve. It started around 8 p.m. and people could stop in at whatever time they pleased, mingle for awhile and leave, or stay for the countdown to midnight.   In that it was New England and winter, it was not unusual for snow to be on the ground with temperatures of 32 degrees or below. Guests would scurry from their cars to the side door of the house where stood either my brother or sister-in-law to greet each arrival into the warmth of their home.   By 10:00 p.m., the driveway was filled with parked vehicles. On those snowy nights, occasionally John or one of…

Mom’s Recipe Box: “Aunt June – The Church Hat – Gram’s Rice Pudding” & Aunt Jessie’s Burnt Sugar Cake

Posted on October 17, 2014

                “Aunt June – The Church Hat – Gram’s Rice Pudding” & Aunt Jessie’s Burnt Sugar Cake As much as my father enjoyed my mother’s cooking there were a couple of sweets that he preferred the way his mother, Gram (Bessie Reeve Bennett) made them. Just as my sisters and I prepare dishes as our mother did, my father’s sisters – Aunt June and Aunt Jessie – prepared dishes as Gram did. Mom never minded, she was close to my dad’s side of the family and happy to sing their praises. In fact, Mom and Aunt June were not only sisters-in-law, they were the best of friends. One of my favorite Aunt June stories began with a…

Mom’s Recipe Box: Macaroni And Cheese For Two From Jane

Posted on July 25, 2014

                                        MACARONI & CHEESE for TWO           INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons melted margarine; 2 tablespoons cornstarch (flour can be used if you don’t have cornstarch); 1 and one half cups of milk; 8 ounces Velveeta cheese chopped into small cubes; salt and pepper; 1 cup elbow macaroni.           PREPARATION Butter one and a half quart casserole or aluminum pan. Cook elbow macaroni according to directions on box – set aside. Heat oven to 325 degrees. In small sauce pan melt margarine, mix in cornstarch, then add milk – over medium heat stir occasionally until milk is warm; add…