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Yummy Stove Top Mac-n-cheese

December 12, 2011

We served this at Williams-Sonoma in Corte Madera Village in Marin County, California December 8 and 9, 2011. An 11-year-old boy, who hesitated to try mac & cheese that didn’t come from a box, commented during his third serving that “on a scale of 1 to 10, this is a 13!” Ingredients:  1/2 pound elbow [...]

Old Fashioned Ham Salad

December 11, 2011

Served at Williams-Sonoma in Corte Madera Village, Marin County, California, December 8 and 9, 2011  Recipe based on one by Doris and Nancy Lang  Cut fat from ham, preferably leftover. Put chunks into meat grinder and turn handle, catching ground ham below. Or use a food processor or meat grinding attachment to a mixer.  In [...]

Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomato Recipe

October 30, 2011

Have some hard green tomatoes hanging onto those ugly, withering tomato vines you nurtured for so many months? Several readers have asked me for a fried green tomatoes recipe, so here is the ultimate.  Remember Fannie Flagg and her book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café? Flagg is an actress and comedienne who [...]

Chicken Shortcake

August 4, 2011

From a 1942 Procter & Gamble Crisco “Econo-Meals” recipe pamphlet.  From the pamphlet: “Crisco’s Econo-Meals” are planned to save an average city or small town family at least $7 on its food bills every month…Even if you live on a farm, Econo-Meals can save you money by suggesting the most economical use of the foods [...]

White House Fourth of July Breakfast Fried Chicken

July 1, 2011

From The White House Cookbook of 1887 during President Grover Cleveland’s first term. He married Frances Folsom on June 2, 1886, the first marriage of a president to take place in The White House. Cleveland was her father’s law partner before the latter was killed in an accident. Cleveland became Frances’ guardian whom she had [...]

Grilled Baloney and Wonder Bread

June 9, 2011

Adapted from Patty Franco Roberge in “The Wonder Bread Cookbook” (Ten Speed Press)  Apparently Patty grew up in a large family and ate Wonder bread every day. Some of us on the west coast had Kilpatrick’s and Langendorf spongy white breads as well.  Once I was on an Amtrak train that derailed near Del Rio, [...]

What to do with all those leftover hardboiled Easter eggs!

April 25, 2011

Dozens of them. Ours got died, but not dyed. While we had tie-dye dye, California rains would have cinched the ‘60s image if local birds didn’t eat out all the centers. A person can only eat so many egg salad sandwiches. Here is a slightly hilarious recipe from the 1944 edition of The Good Housekeeping [...]

Grandma Eloise Brown’s No Beat Popovers

February 26, 2011

            During a true Catalan lunch prepared by Eva Bertran after olive harvesting at Gloria Ferrer Caves, her husband, David Brown, who is Vice President of Business Development for parent company Freixenet USA, told us about his alluring German-heritage popover recipe that kept her Pittsburg, California hotel in business before World War I, and which [...]

Martha Washington’s Peas Porridge of Dried Peas

February 21, 2011

          Martha and George Washington had an elegant, well planned kitchen and fruit garden at their home in Mt. Vernon, Virginia.           While Martha Washington’s cook book and “rules” made her famous, the book was actually written by Frances Parke Custis, the mother of Martha Washington’s first husband, Col. Daniel Parke Custis.           The original was [...]

Peg Bracken’s Leftover Turkey Tetrazzini

February 11, 2011

(Adapted by Kathleen Thompson Hill from Peg Bracken’s hilarious “I Hate to Cook Book, 1960) Use leftover turkey or buy a turkey filet and cut or even ground turkey meat for this leftover use of a Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other day bird. You can also eliminate the sauce preparation and substitute canned cream of [...]

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: New England Fish Chowder

November 19, 2010

Kathleen Thompson Hill writer sonoma food wine lifestyle

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis New England Fish Chowder A White House recipe from former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis for Vogue magazine, published in 1980 Food in Vogue, by Maxime de La Falaise Ingredients: 2 pounds haddock* 2 cups water 2 ounces salt pork, diced 2 onions, sliced 4 large potatoes, peeled and diced 1 cup [...]

Tomato Jelly Salad

November 18, 2010

Kathleen Thompson Hill writer sonoma food wine lifestyle

Tomato Jelly Salad From the 1929 booklet called “Your Electric Refrigerator and Knox Sparkling Gelatine” Historical Perspective “I am writing to tell you of the merits of the Electric Refrigerators; you know we once thought they were a luxury in the household, but we now know they are an everyday necessity, for by their use [...]

Jolie Gabor’s Chicken Paprika

November 18, 2010

Kathleen Thompson Hill writer sonoma food wine lifestyle

Jolie Gabor’s Chicken Paprika From Jolie Gabor’s Family Cookbook, 1962, Thomas Y. Crowell Company Jolie Gabor was the mother of three famous movie stars and oft-marrying daughters, Eva, Magda, and Zsa Zsa. She worked with Ted and Jean Kaufman to adapt her family’s Hungarian recipes for American use. “Mama” Gabor’s introduction to her cookbook says [...]

Betty Furness’ Scalloped Potatoes

November 18, 2010

kathleen Thompson Hill Sonoma writer food wine lifestyle

Betty Furness’ Scalloped Potatoes (from her Westinghouse Cookbook, 1954) This is the late Betty Furness’ recipe from her Westinghouse Cookbook, written “under the direction of Julia Kiene,” and published in 1954 by Simon and Schuster. The book includes a final chapter called “A Modern Version of the Back of Grandmother’s Cook Book,” with questions one [...]

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