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American cuisine

GRAPENUTS PUFF PUDDING

This used to be on the grapenuts cereal package maybe 70 years ago.  I remember Nanna and my mother both making it and I used to make it quite often myself.  Nanna came to vist us in Maine one summer and made this for us while she was there.

LEMON ICEBOX DESSERT

Do you know what an icebox is?  This recipe was from before refrigerators when you stored things in an icebox that looked like a refrigerator, but was cooled by a big block of ice the iceman brought. 

Do you know what a refrigerator dish is?  (I think they have made a comback with Martha Stewart).They are long and narrow, about 3 or 4 inches high and about 9 inches long and 3 inches wide.

RHUBARB CUSTARD PIE

One of Britt Ransford's favorite pies.  This is his version because he doesn't like meringue.  I added Lydia Ransford's recipe on another page.

ZUCCHINI FRITTERS

When zucchini is plentiful I shred it and freeze 2 cups in a baggie.  It is easier to use fresh than to wait for the thawing.  Don't drain if using thawed.  This recipe was one my mother (Barbara Moran Mackie) found years ago and our whole family loves.  There are lots of variations out there, but this is simple and we serve it with sliced tomatoes and cucumbers or a salad or just by themselves.

POTATOES ROMANOFF

Simple casserole to make the night before for a family gathering.

CRANBERRY CHUTNEY

Nice compliment for Thanksgiving dinner.  Makes a pretty gift.

BARBARA'S PEACH CONSERVE

I like this as a compliment to cheese souffle.  It's good right out of the jar and the pecans are great.  I remember driving to New York State to buy the peaches when they were in season to make this.

HANNAH'S CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA MUFFINS

Hannah is living in Spokane with 5 friends who are going to nursing school,.  She's working as a nanny for 3 children a few days a week to support her schooling,  She's cooking for herself and this is one of her first recipes.

RED RABBIT

This is comfort food.  Amy Koniencki and I love this.  My mother used to make if for Jackie and me and who knows where the recipe came from, but the Red Rabbit name had to be a version of rarebit.  We had a book we loved called The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings and I wonder if we adapted the name from that.

CHERRY COOKIES

For Christmas my mother always made lots of cookies and my sister and I would get to help.  This was a favorite and she'd let Jackie and I roll the cookies into little balls and then dip a little "cheese" glass in flour and flatten each cookie.  We'd always sample the cherries and we ended up with pink hands from handling the dough,

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