Vintage Autumn Celebration Finale: Week 13 - Mapley Finale!

Sadly, we've reached the end of this celebration of vintage maple recipes! I had really wanted to try out a lot more of them than just one or two recipes, but such is life! I loved putting it together, because doing this kind of a series forces me to hunt through my vintage cookbook collection and pull out recipe ideas I never would've thought to look for before. I want my collection to be put to good use, and being able to share all this vintage food goodness with you is a wonderful way to do it. 
For the finale, I thought I'd pull out the rest of all the amazing maple recipes I've found in just the past couple weeks! Here are the recipes we've got in store:
- Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies - wartime version sweetened with honey and maple syrup! - Maple Sugar Cookies - Maple Fluff - Maple Nut Refrigerator Cake (Ooh! Exciting!) - Maple Sirup Cupcakes (original spelling) - Maple Sugar Pie - Maple Candy - and the one I'm really excited about... Log Cabin Upsi…

Vintage Autumn Celebration: Week 12 - Mapleine Fried Ham & Maple Pumpkin Pie

For our family, turkey is for Thanksgiving and ham is for Christmas. Which is why I saved two great holiday recipes for the second to last week of this Vintage Autumn Celebration!
The first recipe is for Maple Pumpkin Pie from The Good House Keeping Cook Book, 1944. I think adding maple to a pumpkin pie sounds just perfect. I'm planning on using this recipe for our Christmas dessert!

The second recipe is for Mapeline Fried Ham from the Mapleine Cook Book from the 1930s. I thought it was an interesting idea to add Mapleline flavoring to ham - and to even make a gravy with it. I might give this one a go!

Since this is the last recipe from the awesome Mapleine Cook Book, I thought I'd share this little ad from the cookbook geared towards campers. I love the artwork of the bottle too. 😊

Vintage Autumn Celebration: Week 11 - Maple Nut Ice Cream & Maple Nut Brittle

We're down to Week 11 for the Vintage Autumn Celebration. I had originally just planned 12 weeks, but when I was looking more closely at the calendar, I saw that we have 13 weeks until the start of Winter! This worked out well, because I hadn't planned a series finale yet. I've stumbled on some exciting maple recipes for ending the series, so stay tuned for those!
This week's recipes come from two different, but new sources to this series. 
The first recipe is for Maple Nut Ice Cream from The Boston Cooking School Cook Book, ca. 1945. This book title has a long history, and many previous and subsequent editions. I was happy to get my hands on a wartime edition - at least it was published during the war. It doesn't say much about rationing. I went ahead and included both ice cream recipes and the full list of all the amazing variations. I think it's really fun to compare vintage recipe flavors with modern ones - and to see which ones have stood the test of time…

Vintage Autumn Celebration: Week 10 - Maple Cream Gingerale & Maple Caramels

Even though we've got the Christmas tree up and everywhere we go, we're inundated with Christmas marketing, I'm still excited to continue with the Vintage Autumn Celebration. We've only got 3 weeks after this, and I want to savor every one!

I've realized that I haven't talked much about beverages in any of my wartime challenges or series, and I'm hoping to do a series next year focusing on 1940s wartime beverages to remedy that. In the meantime, the first recipe for this week is for Maple Cream Gingerale. And, let me tell you, this looks awesome! (Can anyone tell me why the drinks must be stirred with a silver fork? haha!)

Alice Bradley Menu-Cook-Book, 1944
The second recipe is for Maple Caramels. This sounds equally yummy. Caramel is about one of the few candies I actually enjoy eating. The rest I could take it or leave it. But a good caramel? Mmmmm....
The Joy of Cooking, 1946

Vintage Autumn Celebration: Week 9 - Maple Cinnamon Buns & Maple Mousse

I'm introducing two new sources for this week's vintage maple recipes. The first is Maple Cinnamon Buns (YUM!) from Watkin's Cook Book from 1945. Watkins is well known for their spices and extracts. You can still get their products today. Vanilla is usually the easiest to find. I had a friend recommend the Watkin's cookbook, so I hunted down a wartime copy. I think this cinnamon bun recipe is the only maple one in there, but it sounded like a really good one! The cinnamon might overpower the maple flavor, but I think it's worth trying it out.

The second recipe is for Maple Mousse from a vintage cookbook with an interesting premise for the time - The Working Girl's Own Cook Book from 1950. This mousse sounds really good and I think it would be a great way for that lovely maple flavor to shine!

Be A Citizen Archivist!

Our Nation's Archivists Need You!

It's been awhile since I've posted something non-food related, so when I saw this cool service opportunity, I just had to share! The National Archives has millions of documents in its collections that are free for the public to peruse. The challenge, of course, is that most people are not able to visit the archives in person. It's their mission to digitize their documents so that they can be available to all! Neat, huh?

Of course that means tons of volunteers are needed to help transcribe and tag documents. You can be a citizen archivist! You pick a project that looks interesting and get to work. I am super, super excited that one of their projects is transcribing World War II menus! How cool is that??! I think we all know what I'm going to be working on...

I did an internship at my university's archives, so I know how tedious archivists jobs are. But I also know how vital their work is in preserving documents to our nation…

Vintage Autumn Celebration: Week 8 - Mapleine Animals & Maple-Sugar Graham Crackers

We've only got 5 more weeks of autumn left. Nooo! I want it to last longer! We went to visit family out in Iowa recently and while the whole landscape was filled with beautiful autumn colors, they got snow. I don't think I'm quite ready for the snow thing!

This week's recipes are some fun, kid-friendly recipes. The first is another from The Mapeline Cook Book, ca. 1930s, for Mapleine Animals. I love how the recipe assumes you cook over a fire and that these iced cookies are a "healthful confection for children." haha! I guess if it's a choice between these and a handful of candy, these would win out in a health contest, but still... I find the predominating opinion about sugar in those days to be interesting. I think they definitely shaped our current American sugar addiction. But, that's a discussion for another day. :-)

The second recipe for Maple-Sugar Graham Crackers comes from The Good Housekeeping Cook Book, from 1944. The recipe is insanely si…

Vintage Autumn Celebration: Week 7 - Maple Syrup Cake & Maple Nut Fudge

Another week into the Vintage Autumn Celebration where I highlight some amazing vintage maple recipes. It’s amazing how autumn is just clipping along. My family has already perfected the art of caramel apple cider. And we’ve finally got some fall colors here in Maryland. I thought it would never come! 
Leaves are falling, storms are blowing through. In fact, a small tornado hit my town Friday night! We were a few miles from where all the damage was. Thankfully, no one in town was hurt. Like with any disaster, it's hard to comprehend that just hours or days before, everything was normal but in one brief moment of time, things are destroyed. 
I'm sure people in wartime felt the same way, especially in Britain and with all the bombings they endured. I know it's hard to really understand everything they went through, but in circumstances like natural disasters, I think we can come close to understanding a little. I had the chance to talk with a sweet great-grandma at an autho…

Vintage Autumn Celebration: Week 6 - Maple Chiffon Pie & Maple Icing

We're half way through the Vintage Autumn Celebration!

I've been living up the maple flavor this week - Maple Yogurt and Pumpkin Pecan Scones with Maple Glaze made with special dark maple syrup. That glaze was pretty mind-blowing! Do you have a favorite maple recipe? I'm always on the hunt for yummy mapley things!
I'm excited about this week's recipes from the 1946 edition of The Joy of Cooking.
The first recipe is for Maple Chiffon Pie that uses gelatine as the thickener. The second recipe for Maple Icing is interesting in that it uses cream, coffee, and Mapleine flavoring. 

Vintage Autumn Celebration: Week 5 - Maple Tapioca Cream & Maple Sugar Diamonds

Happy October! Have I already said that? I know it's the middle of October, but this past week has been filled with chilly weather, blustering winds, rain, and falling leaves. It finally feels like autumn has arrived! I've had the windows open to let the brisk coolness and natural autumn scents fill our house and it is so wonderful. These are some of my favorite days! This is actually the first autumn since we bought this house that I've been able to have all our windows open. We got the last of the new windows installed and to have screens in all the windows has been glorious! I can finally let all the wonderful seasonal goodness in without the plethora of insects accepting the invitation too.

Anyway, this week's maple recipes look so good. They come from the Alice Bradley Menu-Cook-Book from 1944. I want to try both of these - Maple Tapioca Cream and Maple Sugar Diamonds. I love tapioca, and this recipe looks amazing. Since I'm used to rich, thick, creamy modern…