From 1882: Hot Egg Salad

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My semester is finally winding down – my first PhD semester. How do I feel? Bad. That’s it; just bad. I mean, I’m loving all the stuff I’m learning, and I love researching and writing, but talk about taking a lesson in humility.

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From 1950: Butterscotch Squares

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I am thirty years old today. THIRTY. That’s weird to say. I don’t feel thirty. I don’t think I’ve felt like I’ve aged at all in a very long time. Twenty-one is probably the last big birthday you celebrate once you become an adult. So, it’s really just another day to me. But, since I typically write about history and today has a theme to it for me, let’s talk about my birthdays of the past!

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From 1923: Sunshine Cake

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Alright, let’s go back to the The College Woman’s Cook Book one last time. I’ve used recipes from this cookbook quite a few times, but it’s just such a great cookbook! Not only does it have interesting recipes, but they all turn out. And, I’ve gone through a few cookbooks now whose recipes did not turn out for me. Sorry, 365 Foreign Dishes, but I’ve tried three different recipe from you, and they were all just terrible. I don’t know if it was me or you, but let’s just pretend none of it ever happened!

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From 1922: Blackberry Jam Pudding

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So, when I make the recipes I write about in my posts, I sometimes don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m a historian, not a chef or even a cook. I like to cook, but I don’t have any kind of expertise! So, sometimes, I’m kind of surprised with what happens when I put ingredients together, or when I put something in the oven. This whole thing is an enormous learning experience for me, and I love that!

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