Tag Archives: Cooking

The All-In-One Apron

Kitchen Couture for the Holidays

I know I am not the only one who will be spending a lot of time in the kitchen over the next few months. Although I will often whip up nightly dinners without an apron, when I start baking or cooking large meals (like Thanksgiving dinner) I need to protect my clothes from my mess. […]

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Holiday Inspiration: Serving in Buffet Fashion

With the holidays coming up, I looked to my Inspiration newsletters for some vintage party advice. The Department of Cookery never lets me down! I want to share this article on Serving in Buffet Fashion with you after all, everything old is new again and that includes party planning tips! See more articles and advice […]

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A Not-So-Sweet Recipe for a Halloween Treat!

Sweets and treats come in a seemingly endless supply during the season of Halloween… Candy corn, cookies, Snickers, Twix, bubble gum, candy, chocolate, gummies….so many options with one common denominator: SUGAR! Yummy at first, sickening after awhile, right? But treats haven’t always been as sweet as they are today. Many vintage recipes call for much […]

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National Pie Day: The Secrets of a Perfect Pie

Did you know that it’s National Pie Day? (Where do they come up with this stuff??) Maybe we don’t get the day off from work, but I’m all for celebrating this lesser holiday! Here’s an excerpt from my book, Vintage Notions, on how to make the perfect pie crust. The recipe comes from educational material […]

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The Handmade Experience

Aren’t we all just tired of things? Nobody wants to buy things anymore. We want experiences. These were words spoken in a panel discussion at the Creative Connection Event this past September. They attest to the fact that more and more people are understanding the great value of handcrafted goods and personal connections to our […]

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Vintage Devil’s Food Cookies – A Not Too Sweet Halloween Treat!

Sweets and treats come in a seemingly endless supply during the season of Halloween… Candy corn, cookies, Snickers, Twix, bubble gum, candy, chocolate, gummies….so many options with one common denominator: SUGAR! Yummy at first, sickening after awhile, right? But treats haven’t always been as sweet as they are today. Many vintage recipes call for much […]

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Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!

Who can resist when struck with a sweet tooth? I know I can’t. And the upswing of creative baking and DIY cake decorating is making temptation all the more irresistible. Even though my own creative endeavors don’t leave me much time for diving into cake-making, I am so impressed by some of the women around […]

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BHG Test Kitchen

On a recent visit to Des Moines for the AQS Quilt Show, I met up with Kelly Kegans, senior home editor at Better Homes and Gardens. She and I first met at the Creative Connection in Minneapolis a few months ago. We discussed my book Vintage Notions and the fact that Mary Brooks Picken was […]

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