Category Archives: Nana's Recipe project

Gram’s Slaw – A Special Guest Post!

As I mentioned on Tuesday, Jeannie from Life on the Clothesline is visiting today to share one of her favourite old-fashioned recipes (with a bonus recipe for chicken strips thrown in too!)  This is the second post in her series on recipes from her Gram’s cookbook (sound familiar?) You can check out the first post on…

Honey Cakes – Cake or Cookie?

Recipe: Honey Drop Cakes   Source: New Royal Cook Book  Date: 1922 I decided to take a break from the 1940s and explore some of the other cookbooks my great-grandmother left behind. She has many books that were put out by baking powder companies but I chose this one because it looked like one of the…

1940s Bran and ‘Lasses Muffins

Source: Victory Economy Bulletin No. 10  Date: 1940s Here is another no-sugar war-time recipe.  One of the reasons I am enjoying these recipes so much is the absence of refined sugars.  I decided last year to try to use natural sweeteners (honey, maple syrup, etc.) as much as possible in my baking and have been…

Victory Economy Jam Roly-Poly

Source:  Victory Economy Bulletin No. 10  Date:  WW2 It’s been a while since I have done one of these posts.  If you are unfamiliar with this project, you can find out more here.  With the war putting restrictions on sugar, these “Victory Economy Bulletins” were put out by the Lakeside Home Baking Services Bureau as…

Pineapple Cheese Cake

Recipe: Juliet’s Pineapple Cheesecake                                                                    Source: Nana’s Handwritten Recipes     Date: unknown Some of you might remember me mentioning my failed attempt at my great-grandmother’s cheesecake recipe.  We will call this “Exhibit A.” As you can see, Exhibit A does not really resemble a cheesecake.   Although it tasted pretty good, cheesecake soup might have been a better name.   As…

Ginger Cookies

Wow!  I was surprised by all the kind comments after the muffins didn’t work out.  I’m really not that upset – I knew going into this project that I couldn’t possibly like all of the recipes (remember the Ox head?) In the long run of all the mistakes I have made in the kitchen (such as somehow taking…

1940s Orange Honey Muffins

Recipe: Orange Honey Muffins  Date: WW II Source: Economy Bulletin#7 After the success of the date bread I decided to try another sugar-saving recipe from the “Lakeside Home Services Bureau” victory  economy bulletins.  I was excited about this one because I love muffins, I love muffins more that are sweetened with honey, and orange muffins…

1940s Honey Wholewheat Bread

Recipe: Honey Wholewheat Bread     Source: Victory Economy Bulletin No. 3  Date: 1940s – World War II One of the reasons that I was so excited to find my great-grandmother’s recipes was that I was sure they would be a good source of real, wholesome, good-for-you foods.  The Handy Reliable was written well before most food…

WW2 Oatmeal Fruit Bars

Recipe: Oatmeal Fruit Bars   Source: The Toronto Star  Date: 1943 I have started to sift through some of the many recipes my great-grandmother clipped out of newspapers.  I am finding the newspapers not only great for finding recipes, but also a glimpse into a by-gone era.   This recipe came from a December 1943 edition of…

Coconut Macaroons

Recipe: Coconut Macaroons   Source: Nana’s handwritten recipes Hubby and I were craving something sweet last night but there was absolutely nothing in the house that met that description (I offered to make hubby a smoothie but he turned me down – good, but not really a “dessert”).    Then it was Nana’s recipes to the rescue with…

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