Holiday Entertaining: Timeless Advice

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The above vintage photo of Imogene Wolcott, author of The Yankee Cookbook (1939) and former Food Editor of Yankee Magazine (years unknown) appears in my circa 1940s copy of “Parties Should Be Fun…For You!” which she also authored. There is a Forward by Margery Wilson, former silent film star and authority on entertaining, charm and etiquette who is also one of my favorite authors on that genre.

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Possibilities: Victorian Era Inspiration

I am really looking forward to some “slow news days” in my own life! In addition to having ANOTHER tree come down yesterday during another windstorm (it fell right on top of the tree that fell last week?!!) this past week was rather stressful due to dealing with various petty tyrants in positions of minuscule bureaucratic authority. I patiently asked to speak to someone else more than once. Within those machinations that lack common sense and kindness, I was able to reach people who were actually reachable as human beings and they made things right. There are kind people in this world and we have the opportunity every minute to be one of them!

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Maine Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie Recipe

(Originally published 11/22/2016 on my old blog, Outdated By Design.) I was talking to my 100 year old Nana on the phone yesterday (RIP my lovely Nana who passed this spring) and shared my Thanksgiving menu. She told me that she has never had pumpkin pie! She explained that she’s an apple pie girl. I was the same way, which makes sense since no one in my family ever served it to me until I had my first ever pumpkin pie last year and loved it.

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Vintage View: Shorette’s Diner, Lincoln, Maine

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This vintage view of Shorette’s Diner in Lincoln is circa 1950s. It no longer exists! On the backside: “On Route 2 entering Lincoln, Maine going north, a place to remember, air-conditioned, quick courteous service, the finest of foods, large free parking space. Open 6 AM to 12 PM. Charles R. Shorette & Son, Proprietors.” Color plate by Alton Johnson. Published by Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co., Inc. Belfast, Maine.

Vintage Views of Maine: Old Postcards

I have a new feature coming up on Serene New England: Scans from my vintage Maine postcard collection! I’ll be featuring views of places, restaurants, motels, inns and street views that are either no longer in existence or have changed dramatically over the decades. It’s a fun way to be transported back in time. Wayne and I hope you’ll enjoy looking at them as much as we do.

Shown above is a Plastichrome by Colourpicture Publishers, Boston, published by Don Sieburg, New London, New Hampshire: “Pleasant Mountain Chairlift and Ski Area near Bridgton, Maine. The 4,300 foot chairlift sightseers in summer and skiers in winter. From the summit, scores of lakes and mountains in Maine and New Hampshire can be seen. Photo by Bill Bardsley.” No date given, circa 1950s. Today it’s known as Shawnee Peak.

Personal Updates

I’ve had some rough days since my last post, but I’ll start with the more upbeat stuff. The photo above is of Wayne looking rather tiny in contrast with the big colorful trees in our woods.

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S.O.S! The Return of the Square!

“Remember one thing: Wrong is wrong even if everyone else says it’s right – and right is right even if everyone else says it’s wrong,” Ward once said to the Beav and I never forgot it.

I’ve spent most of my life feeling like a stodgy old lady. “Little House on the Prairie” was one of my favorite TV shows as a kid, tied with “The Brady Bunch” and “Leave it to Beaver.” I really appreciate many (but not all) of the “square” sentiments in this little early 1960s booklet, The Return of the Square: The Fight for Independence, since I still often feel so “irrelevant” and old-fashioned. It’s the text of a speech by “Madison Avenue’s favorite phrase-maker,” an original Mad Man, Charles H Brower.

I think this is a great summation of the origins of square:

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Maine Concord Grape Pie Recipe

I received a special delivery this week: Ten pounds of organic Concord grapes from a friend’s garden! I have been wanting to make a Concord grape pie for at least a year now ever since I came across two very intriguing vintage recipes in my old cookbooks.

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Recipes for Blueberry Season

Yesterday we went blueberry picking in a local organic field. Have you ever seen freshly picked blueberries? They look very different from what you usually see at the grocery stores. The waxy white coat you see on the blueberries is the natural bloom. After a good rinse to remove any debris and dirt they’re ready for eating! Here are a few of my favorite recipes from simple to decadent. (They’re also beautiful in a bowl for snacking!):
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Vintage Recipe: 1937 Savory Haddock Pudding

This fish dish is adapted from a recipe in a 1937 A&P grocery flyer. The idea of “fish pudding” didn’t sound so great to me when I first saw the recipe which made this savory meal so surprising and satisfying. Why did I make it, then? Because vintage recipes frequently surprise me when I give them a chance, plus it was fun to tease Wayne about his fish pudding dinner. He was very doubtful that it would be even edible until I texted him the above photo at work before he came home. When he ate it that evening he was a happy man. I think you’ll really enjoy this simple recipe if you like seafood. Continue reading “Vintage Recipe: 1937 Savory Haddock Pudding”