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Technology in the Kitchen

Most museums have kitchen displays, and this week’s topic is kitchen technology.  In the traditionally-set up kitchen display, visitors usually comment on the quaintness of the old-time kitchen utensils but the implications of kitchen technology are seldom explored.  In actuality, kitchens hold history hostage;  they represent human advances (for the most part) in time saving, […]

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Mock Duck

This week I look at recipes for mock foods that work with readily available ingredients and attempt to make them more exotic, glamorous or special. Sometime in my past, I have made mock duck and this was an opportunity to try it again. Back in the 1970s and 80s, we were encouraged to use less […]

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Mock Cherry Pie

I’ve always been intrigued by “mock” recipes that show up in cookbooks, so this month, I’m going to look at several kinds of mock food I have found in searching though my old cookbook collection. Mock recipes are a tribute to the imagination, creativity and ingenuity of cooks and bakers who often have to work […]

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Historic tried-and-true home economics teachers’ recipes

About twenty years ago I collected tried-and-true recipes from home ec. teachers throughout the province and published them in the Teachers of Home Economics Specialist Association [THESA] newsletter.  A former student recently wrote to me asking for gingerbread recipes and I found one that I consider the “best” in the 20-year old recipe collection.  This […]

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