Peanut butter cookies on vintage Mikasa plate

Peanut Butter Cookies | Vintage Mikasa China

Holiday time means cookie time, and peanut butter cookies are a classic favorite. You may remember them, with the crisscross tops, made by a fork. They are featured here on a salad plate in the Buckskin pattern by Mikasa, from the Potters Art line. This china was made from the 1970s, into the 1980s. The […]

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No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars | Sweet Vintage Treat

Get out the cookie jar, and make some easy, no-bake peanut butter bars for quick snacks. Not that they’ll last long. If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember Rice Krispie Bars made with marshmallows, or the version with chocolate tops. This one is something of a hybrid, to my mind. It has peanut butter […]

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Apple Galette on Hartstone baking stone

Simple Dessert – Apple Galette

I made my first apple galette today. It’s like a pie without the pie dish. The pastry goes flat on a baking stone or sheet. Then you add the filling and pull up the sides. I’ve seen a number of recipes for this kind of dessert. It seems a little easier than a pie, because […]

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Tuna Salad Sandwich – Vintage China, Cool Lunch

So simple, tuna sandwiches are easy to make as the weather warms up. Keep the filling cold and bring it out for a quick lunch around the pool, or even a picnic if you can keep the sandwiches cold and eat them promptly. Never had an exact recipe for this one. I like lots of […]

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Enjoy Strawberry Shortcake – Beautiful Fruit in Season

Time to get out the bowls for another serving of some favorite comfort food. In the winter, bowl food can be chili or casseroles. In the spring and summer, it’s favorite cobblers and strawberry shortcake. This year we had some wild spring weather, and strawberry growers were challenged to protect their crops from freezing. One […]

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How to Hard Boil an Egg

Making hard boiled eggs seems easy. We use them for deviled eggs and beet pickled eggs. But you need them to peel cleanly, and that’s not as easy as it seems. We like our hard boiled eggs just done, with fluffy yokes and NO green ring around the yoke, a sure sign of overcooked eggs. […]

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Chocolate cake, remember when

It must be the change in weather. When things get cool, we get itchy to bake. We first paired this easy and moist chocolate cake with a simple cooked frosting about 40 years ago. Just learning to cook then, and prowling in mother’s cookbooks for ideas. The combination has become a family favorite. Cockeyed Cake […]

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It’s Peach Cobbler Season

It’s that time of year. Peaches are on. And they’re soooo good from the farmer’s market. You can smell them as you walk the aisles… I have a special casserole dish that I love to use for cobbler – vintage Corning Pyrex, in the distinctive ribbed berries and twining vines of the Gooseberry pattern, in […]

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Pfaltzgraff Jamberry butter dish

Yummy dish for a yummy dish

Pfaltzgraff has a discontinued pattern called Jamberry. It makes my list of dinnerware patterns that are sweet for this time of year, when my craving for fresh fruit pops up as quickly as daffodils on a warm spring day… The Jamberry pattern of stoneware china includes dessert bowls (the small ones for applesauce or fruit), […]

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