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Gingerbread

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Do you sometimes crave those simple desserts from your childhood? Like real gingerbread. Not the cookies, but the cakey moist flavorful version, made from scratch.

For me, a few minutes spent sifting through my old recipe cards yielded this oldy but goody.

From the McCalls Recipe Box, which was my husband’s. I had the Betty Crocker box. I was cleaning out some stuff in the bookcase back in the bonus room over our garage I was trying to decide whether it was time to let go of the recipe cards. But they were how I learned, and so did my husband, to cook.

I was looking for comfort food, and gingerbread certainly fits the bill. I made a few adjustments. I went a little heavy on the spices. I used Grandma’s molasses, which I believe is dark molasses. I used the last of the self rising flour from one of my curbside pickups, where it was a substitute when flour was scarce. That meant no baking soda. I used a 10 by 15 pan so my gingerbread wasn’t the same height as the recipe showed.

Still, it is a wonderful trip back to the days of homemade goodies baked by my mom.

I really enjoyed doing this. I will have to dig through the cards and find something else to evoke those memories. Baking from scratch. Nothing from a box even comes close.

Simple Pleasures

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Like simple lunch recipes. Three items, and seasoning. Not fresh, but things right out of the pantry.

Tuna, cannellini bean and onion salad

Served with a side of my tomatoes. Olives and feta to garnish. I found this recipe years ago in one of my Williams Sonoma cookbooks.

I love the description used as an introduction. If you want an excellent source for Tuscan recipes, this is the book for you.

Description of this recipe – credit to Williams Sonoma Savoring Tuscany

I made it with the canned tuna and the canned beans. Use organic beans if you can find them. Drain and rinse. Use a can of good tuna packed in olive oil. Dice a small sweet onion. I used Vidalia. Salt, pepper, olive oil to taste.

Tuscany on a plate.

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