Shrimp Dip

Believe it or not, this is a retro shrimp recipe. My grandmother and great aunt used to make this Shrimp Dip, which is interesting because shrimp wasn’t readily available when we were kids, nor was it cheap. Especially up here in the great white north. I suspect that they made it with canned shrimp sometimes. Fortunately, now you can buy frozen shrimp pretty much everywhere if you aren’t lucky enough to live on the Gulf of Mexico where fresh shrimp is plentiful. It’s delicious spread on crackers and is always popular at parties.

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Whipped Shortbread Cookies

I bought myself an early Christmas present. A slick little cookie press. Nothing fancy, just a hand held manual press that’s also a decorating press. So I’d better be upping my cake decorating game. But for now I’ll start with Whipped Shortbread Cookies.

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Cookie Jar Gingersnaps

My aunt Gale sent me this recipe in my Christmas card last year. I’d forgotten about it until I pulled out the cards from last year and there it was. I’m not sure how far back it goes but it’s the one my mom, grandmother and great grandmother made. Retro recipes are the best. They’re usually uncomplicated and have survived the test of time. No weird ingredients like quinoa or gluten free almond flour. Just good old fashioned regular stuff like flour, eggs and molasses.

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Peppermint Wafer Dessert

This minty creamy chilled retro dessert is a great way to repurpose candy canes. And if the stress of Christmas shopping is getting to you, you’ll be able to work out some of your frustration by crushing the candy into tiny bits with a rolling pin or heavy frying pan! There’s even a reduced sugar option that will help you feel less guilt if you’ve been overindulging, so go ahead and make Peppermint Wafer Dessert.

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French Baguette

I think bread has a bad rap. I mean yes, some people can’t eat it. I’m sad for those people. But who can resist a warm loaf of freshly baked bread? Not me! This recipe came from a book called French Women Don’t Get Fat. I’m not sure if that’s true or not but the Baguette recipe was worth the price of the book.

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