Really Quick Vegetable Soup

Homemade soup in less than an hour.  It may sound impossible, but if you’re willing to cheat just a little bit, you can do it. You probably appreciate a soup simmered lovingly for hours, the kind that makes you think of those cold days when you came home after school to a house filled with…
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Corn Meal Griddle Cakes

One bright summer morning a few years ago our seven-year-old grandson ate eight corn meal griddle cakes with butter and warm maple syrup.  Where they went, we still do not know.  There were no noticeable bulges as he headed down to the brook to continue the hydraulic engineering project begun the day before.  Maybe they…
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Blancmange

My mother made most of our desserts.  In the winter she made lots of pies and cakes, but often we had just berries, peaches or pears she had canned the previous summer.  When we were lucky she would bake a shortcake and we would have blueberry or raspberry shortcake.  And if we were really lucky,…
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Raised Buckwheat Pancakes

We had pancakes for breakfast at least twice a week when I was growing up.  Mom could make pancakes in less time than it took for us kids to get dressed for school–and usually we wanted to go.  She would dip two or three cups of flour out of the flour bin, add baking powder,…
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Root Soup

When someone once asked James Beard why there were no soup recipes in one of his cookbooks, he is said to have replied:  “Recipes for soup?  You look in the refrigerator, and then you make soup.”  Actually, James Beard did publish some soup recipes over the years, but his reply should be recalled by anyone…
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