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Wartime Cookbook

Edith Adams Wartime Cook Book, The Vancouver Sun’s 9th annual cookbook publication, offered its readers recipe substitutions, sugar saving ideas, canning on a ration and other tidbits for the war weary homemaker. The original preface read… The Ninth Annual Cookbook goes forth into a world of homemakers facing more stringent food shortages than they have [...]

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80 Years Of Fun With Bleach

If the Edith Adams homemaker files from the 1920′s to 1990′s were a universe, we’ve so far only managed to explore from Burnaby to Burquitlam. But even with that tiny segment of this vast treasure trove revealed, we’re finding some amazing things. Today’s fun comes from an index card file, buried deep in the Edith [...]

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Ask Edith: Silk Stocking Maintenance from the 50′s

Dear Edith Adams: My dear aunt Felicity used to tell me when I was younger about an old Edith Adams trick she used to keep silk stockings in ship shape. The years have not been kind to the details of her advice, so I wondered if you know of any silk stockings maintenance tips from [...]

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How to Make a Home-Made Foot Scraper

August 3, 1950: Dear Edith Adams: I was wondering if you could use an idea for a foot scraper in your paper. I made a foot scraper out of the end of an apple box. The board should be a thick one about 1 inch through. I saved up my bottle caps and tacked them [...]

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1930′s Omelet: Do you like your eggs with orange juice or sugar?

A breakfast staple today, the humble omelette (or ‘omelet’, as was the tradition of the time) starts out as bearen eggs, cooked and flipped in a frying pan, but what goes into those eggs has many forms. The Denver Omelette, with diced onions, peppers and ham is a favourite seen on just about every diner [...]

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Holiday Hair of the Dog

By Edith Adams, December 28, 1968 ‘Tis the season to indulge! The trouble is, it’s too easy to over-indulge. Almost all of us, for one reason or the other, greet the New Year’s morning with something less than joy. Most of us feel we have overeaten. And some of us know we’ve had both too [...]

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Clam and Lobster Party in your backyard!

By Helen Gougeon August 7, 1954 At St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, N.B., there are parts of the beach where the sand and rocks are a bright brick shade and where the best clambakes in the country take place. The college students who work at the Algonquin Hotel for the summer cook lobsters and clams in their off [...]

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Edith Adams Modern Guide to Home Canning

In around 1950 (or thereabouts – there’s no specific date we’ve been able to track down just yet), the Edith Adams Cottage crew put out a new book – one of the many dozens that Vancouver homemakers regularly lined up to buy for under a dollar. Some featured dress patterns, some toy plans, some architectural [...]

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Supper From a Can

By Helen Gougeon – July 24, 1954 One of the main criticisms directed against the modern cook is that she opens too many cans. I’ve never gone along with the critics because I really think they’ve never considered (perhaps they’ve never eaten) the many excellent dishes for which canned foods provide the ingredients. I will [...]

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Hot Dog! It’s a Dinner Dish

Helen Gougeon - July 3, 1954 Frankfurters take on new frills to provide a tasty and nourishing main course A word in favour of hot dogs as a dinner dish for hot days: There are endless ways of preparing them and they are a good buy if you make sure you are buying frankfurters with a [...]

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