Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ration Recipe: Squash Gems

I've encountered several recipes for what are called "gems", which are essentially muffins. I haven't figured out why some are called muffins and others are called gems, but Squash Gems sounded quite delightful, so with squash season upon us, I thought I'd give them a try!

I decided to add some dried zante currants (mini raisins), because I like things in my muffins.

 It looks pretty tasty, doesn't it? Well, it was! It had a delicate flavor and was a nice addition to breakfast and as a snack.


As you can see, it's a pretty standard muffin recipe. I just love that they're called gems. It makes them seem more special somehow! 😉

Squash Gems
New American Cook Book, ca. 1945

Sunday, November 27, 2016


I'm so happy to have won NaNoWriMo! (National Novel Writer's Month) I wrote 56,000+ words by the 24th, and while my first draft isn't finished, it's got a great start. Hooray! 😁

I'm hoping to get back to posting more on here now that most of the craziness of writing is behind me. Holiday times is always full of such delicious food and recipes to try, and exploring war-time recipes is no exception.

I was thrilled to have found a recipe for Vanilla Wafers in my copy of The Boston Cooking School Cook Book! It's one of those modern things that you don't think of making yourself, because it's easy to just go buy them in the store. But, I've noticed that store-bought Vanilla Wafers have this weird waxy after taste that I don't like, so I'm excited to try out this vintage recipe for them.

Besides that, there are so many cookie and cake and pie recipes to try, I'll never catch up! haha!
But I did want to share a 1940s Berry Pie recipe that I tried a few months ago that turned out really yummy. I love that this recipe is simple, uses honey, and you can use any berry you happen to have. When I made it, I used blackberries. So delicious! I even attempted a lattice-top crust, and with the help of my puzzle/logic-minded son, it turned out pretty well! I wish I could find the photo I took of it, but I can't. Oh well! Here's the recipe!

I think this came from one of my Westinghouse Health-for-Victory cookbooks, but I'm not sure which one. It's definitely from a wartime book in my collection though!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


After a month of solid posting, I'm going to be a bit scarce around my blog for a while. I'm attempting NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writer's Month), where I have to write a novel of at least 50,000 words by November 30th! I'm working on a new book (though old in concept), and am excited to get this last push of writing done before I have my baby. I miss writing and working on a book, so this will be a good goal. Wish me luck!