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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Cookbook Wednesday | Christmas Recipes

Christmas Recipes die-cut
Well, here we are Christmas Eve and I still have some last minute recipes to share for Cookbook Wednesday. These recipes come from a festive die-cut booklet titled Christmas Recipes. Unfortunately, this gem of a booklet distributed by the folks at the Maple Leaf Milling Company for Monarch Flour, is not dated. The Canadian company has been in business more than 100 years. According to an article published for the 100th anniversary of the company, In the early 1900s, Maple Leaf Mills was the largest flour mill in the British Empire. It doesn’t appear they still produce Monarch Flour, however.
Monarch Cake Flour
There aren’t any colorful images in this booklet. As a matter of fact, there aren’t any images at all. I did manage to cull a few recipes that I thought were interesting though. The first rather odd recipe is for Mock Duck with Barbecue Sauce. Mock recipes were popular during the 1930s which makes me think this book is from that era. But, don’t quote me on it:)
Mock Duck Barbecue Sauce
Next up we have Cranberry Shortcake. This is a first for me. I’ve never heard of Cranberry Shortcake before. After a quick search, I did find a recipe for Warm Cranberry Shortcakes. I thought this was an interesting recipe because of the amount of baking powder. Rarely have I seen a biscuit recipe that calls for 4 teaspoons of baking powder. I’m sure they’re out there but biscuits are not my forte so I could be wrong:)
Cranberry Shortcake
And finally, Caramel Sauce. Yes, I know, Caramel Sauce oh why? Certainly not for the shortcake, lol…Actually, I thought this Caramel Sauce recipe was interesting because it seems the sweetened condensed milk is apparently caramelized before the actually Caramel Sauce. Again, I’m no pro when it comes to caramel sauce. I rarely use sweetened condensed milk when making caramel sauce. I usually use heavy cream but, that’s me. Anyway, the tablespoon of vinegar is a new ingredient for this recipe also, for me that is. I have added this recipe to my “some day” list because it has piqued my curiosity.
Caramel Sauce
I know for sure some of you have seen the cover of this booklet before. It may not have looked exactly like above, it may have looked like this!!! (you didn’t see the recipes either:)
Well, the “votes” are in and it seems Cookbook Wednesday will continue for the month of January. To be perfectly honest, I’m thrilled. I think it might be fun to share more of our cookbooks for another month. Who knows, those of you who have been bogged down in the holiday season may be able to join us!!! If you need a refresher on how to link up, just follow this link. (It’s really easy with barely any rules:) So, mark your calendars, the next Cookbook Wednesday will be January 7th, 2015! If all goes well, after this post is up, I am going to try to add links from the previous Cookbook Wednesdays we've had. Keep your fingers crossed that it works. (If not, if you like, you should still be able to add previous Cookbook Wednesday links in this week linky:) I won't be blogging, per se, for the rest of the month of December. But, I will be visiting and monitoring this week's Cookbook Wednesday entries. I’ll be back January 1st to wish you all a Happy New Year!
Cookbook Wednesday Logo
Marion asked me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. She is feeling Tip Top! We had a wonderful time playing elves at the Woman’s Shelter the past week. I actually baked cookies and did a bit of shopping for the shelter while Marion dressed up a bunch of dolls and tinkered with some toys for the kids. It’s very important that families at the shelter remain anonymous so we had to make a few adjustments for it all to work out. Indeed it did!!! Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

45 comments:

  1. LOL - I will be pondering the "mock duck" for days. Merry Christmas Louise!

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    1. That makes two of us, Gaye, lol...Merry Christmas!!!

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  2. awww.w... caramel sauce one is my favorite! I'm dying to give it a try! Merry Christmas, dear!

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    1. Me too, Marcela. It is on my "to do" list! Merry Christmas!!!

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  3. First, a very happy Christmas to you, Marion, your families, and all the readers of this wonderful and inspiring blog. I think we are all looking forward to another 12 months of Louise's celebrations! And to another month of Cookbook Wednesday.

    As for this post -- to me, mock recipes give a little insight into relative prices -- I think the fad was to make something cheap into an imitation of something expensive. These days I don't know what would cost more: duck or lamb. I would think you would make "mock" duck out of cheap chicken. But it's all really interesting food history.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae:) You are so sweet..Yes, it looks like Cookbook Wednesday will reamin on the agenda for at least another month. Yippee!!! I have "celebrated" Mock Recipes the past few years on Nationl Nothing Day in January for just that reason, Mae. I think the mindset is to make something out of nothing or a sort of imitation. I'm not sure which would cost more either but the "mock" duck out of inexpensive chicken is certainly a thought. Thanks for sharing Mae and a very Happy Holiday to You and Yours!!!

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  4. Happy Holidays! Thank you for all the wonderful posts this year!

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    1. Thank You Poppy. And thank you so much for joining us for Cookbook Wednesday!

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  5. Dear Louise,
    Such a fun post, the recipes sound really wonderful. I will come back to read it again and check out some of the recipes. I am so busy today as we celebrate our Christmas Eve, more than the day. I do hope that you and Marion have a glorious Blessed Christmas and a Very Happy New Year. Love the card at the end of the post. Enjoy!
    Dottie x :)

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    1. Now don't you worry, Dottie. This post will be up for the remainder of the year so you can look at the recipes whenever you like:) Enjoy your busy day and have a wonderful Christmas Eve and a Very Merry Christmas!!!

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  6. Merry Christmas to the two of you, see you in the New Year.

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    1. Thank you, Karen. "See" you next year and have a wonderful Christmas!!!

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  7. Your post reminds me that I didn't do any cranberry recipes this year--ah, there's always next year--Merry Christmas, love!!

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    1. Perhaps not, Angela but those "copycat" Resses of yours really made my day!!! Merry Christmas to you dear Angela...

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  8. That caramel sauce is perfect, I can imagine how good it would be over ice cream. Here's wishing you and Marion a Very Merry Christmas!

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  9. Merry Christmas to you and Marion! I wasn't able to get organized enough for a cookbook Wednesday post this week!

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  10. I had to stop by to wish you a Merry Christmas. Another half year until the picnic.

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  11. Always love a good caramel sauce .
    Merry Christmas to you , Marion and your families sweetie ... check your email ... what a wonderful year ahead . I am wiggling those toes .

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  12. I'm with you, Louise. Never have used condensed milk to make a caramel sauce, but my mother used to boil it until it firmed up, sliced it and served. Can you imagine?
    Merry Christmad to you and Marion!

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  13. Hi Louise, Merry Christmas to you and family. May you be blessed with lots of love, joy and happiness.

    I come back later to read your posting. Warmest regards.
    Amelia

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  14. Ahora ya una buena alternativa al ordeño tradicional para Papa Noe seria el ordena de leche vegetal ;-)))), tendría una alimentación más equilibrada jjjjjj y perdería peso.
    Un saludito

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  15. hi louise, if time permits and right, i will participate in the cookbooks wednesday..will see how :) i hv never made caramel sauce before but would like to make dulce de leche from condensed milk. thanks for the wishes from you and marion. I wish you the same too, merry christmas and enjoy !!

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  16. You are making me hungry with all those recipes, Louise. I shall post some photos when I get back home... Promise. I m still in London and will be leaving for home and back to reality on dec 28 th! My kids r definitely not looking forward to going home.. Lol.
    Merry Christmas to you, your family and of course not forgetting Marion. Have a blessed and joyful celebration, Louise! ❤️❤️

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  17. oh dear I love this post like always and love the recipes! Merry Christmas and a big hug to you and Marion! hugsss!

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  18. Love your cookbook Wednesdays, Louise! I would love to have enough time in January to join in the fun…hoping!
    Wishing you and Marion a Blessed and Merry Christmas! So glad to have you as a blogging buddy, my friend! xoxo

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  19. Hi Louise,
    Thanks for your well wishes. Hope you & family have a wonderful and blessed holidays!

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  20. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas..Wishing you a great New Year!

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  21. Hope you had a lovely holiday, Louise! And best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year. It's funny - we had duck on Christmas Eve and after the breast was sliced, I thought it looked a lot like a slice of lamb! :-)

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  22. Hi Louise, another great cookbook Wednesdays, I baked condensed milk before to make dulce de leche and it turned out pretty good. Happy Holidays to you and Marion!

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  23. Oh my father would have loved that caramel sauce! I hope you, Marion and Iggy had a wonderful Christmas.

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  24. vintage recipes are so fun! that caramel sounds delicious!

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  25. Belated merry christmas louise - finally catching up - and I am hopeful that I might manage a cookbook wednesday in January. I love a good christmas cookbook and a good caramel sauce. My mum often makes caramel pie with a can on condensed milk that she boils until it becomes caramel. I am less trusting of boiling tins and make caramel sauce from condensed milk by microwaving it. Hope you and marion had a lovely christmas.

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  26. That's why I like to go through all recipes and the instructions, you can find recipe gems at times!
    I wish you happy holidays Louise! :)

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  27. I hope you and Marion had a Merry Christmas.

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  28. What a fun enjoyable post, dear Louise! Xxx

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  29. Dear Louise, I hope you and Marion have a beautiful and blessed Christmas. Like Kathy said, I hope to find enough time to join the cookbook collectors! I have so many books that I would love to share. When I look at them now, I often think of you. So, I will add this to my New Year's resolutions. Speaking of which, may the new year bring you much joy, happiness and love. xo, Catherine

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  30. Good morning Louise.
    Life is in a very fast pace these days...
    I hope you had a beautiful Christmas, and want to wish you a Blessed & Healthy New Year.

    xo

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  31. I love reading about all these Christmas recipes Louise! I hope you and Marion had a wonderful time during Christmas and I wish to you a more wonderful time for New Year's Eve! Thanks for yet another beautiful post!

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  32. when i have caramel sauce on hand, i find myself putting it on nearly everything! it's dangerous stuff. :)

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  33. Nice share. I hope you had a happy holiday.

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  34. Trying to catch up this afternoon. Hope you had a merry one!

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  35. I cannot believe 2015 is here already.
    Have a very happy new year.

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  36. Playing elves! Now that sounds like a great way to spread Christmas cheer!

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise

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