Christmas cookie palooza: Salty Marcona almond cookies.

These easy almond cookies are big on flavor, thanks to a salty Marcona almond decorating each one. This is one of my Grandma Dorothy’s old recipes, and its light texture and buttery-almond flavor is perfect for your Christmas cookie assortment. Get the recipe on writes4food.com. Continue reading

Christmas Cookie Palooza 2017

I’ll admit it: I was going to sort of blow off the Christmas cookie roundup I usually share on writes4food.com this year. I just didn’t feel the mojo. Until. Until a lovely woman commented to me (as I was demonstrating a recipe from The Findlay Market Cookbook) last weekend about how much she enjoys my Christmas cookie recipes. So, here we go: Christmas Cookie Palooza 2017 feat. The Dorothy Project. Starting Friday, get your new favorite Christmas cookie recipes on writes4food.com. Continue reading

The Dorothy Project: Overnight coffee cake.

Overnight Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake recipe | writes4food.com

Two things strike me about this recipe that I found in my grandma Dorothy’s old recipe file: one, the beautiful penmanship, and two, this line: “Can be made 2 days before, providing you have good refrigeration.” Good refrigeration. This Overnight … Continue reading

The Dorothy Project: Arizona Mountain Soup.

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This recipe for Arizona Mountain Soup was tucked into my grandmother’s “Kitchen Klips” file of old-fashioned recipes. With hearty beans and rice, this almost chili-like soup is super easy to put together and hearty enough for these first cold nights of the season. Do as the recipe’s originator, Arizona mountain resident Bennie Bennet, does and serve it with cornbread. Get the recipe on writes4food.com. Continue reading

The Dorothy Project: Best fudge brownies ever.

The Best Fudge Brownies Ever. That’s the title of this recipe that I found tucked into my grandmother’s “Kitchen Klips” file of old recipes. So, yeah, that one went on my list of her recipes to make. And it’s awesome. Best Ever? You decide! Get the recipe on writes4food.com. Continue reading

The Dorothy Project: Truck stop corn chowder.

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I mean, c’mon: Who wouldn’t love a recipe called Truck Stop Corn Chowder? (I’d like to know what kind of truck stop is serving this excellent soup!) This recipe, which I presume my grandmother Dorothy clipped from the Indianapolis Star and stashed in her recipe file, is a real winner. Unlike most old-fashioned recipes, this calls for fresh vegetables, and it’s right in season now. Get the recipe on writes4food.com Continue reading

The Dorothy Project: Spanish rice pilaf with zucchini and tomatoes.

Spanish vegetable rice pilaf recipe | writes4food.com

As I’ve been browsing through my grandmother Dorothy’s “Kitchen Klips” recipe file, I’ve smiled as I discovered recipes that are very familiar to me. That’s because I sent them to her. Back in the 90s, Grandma published a cookbook, and she included many recipes from family and friends in addition to her own favorites. I sent her this recipe for Spanish Rice Pilaf with Zucchini and Tomatoes — it didn’t make the cut for her book, but Rob and I make it all. the. time. It’s the perfect summer-to-fall transitional dish. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

‘Lost and found’ zucchini casserole.

easy zucchini cheddar casserole recipe | writes4food.com

When you’re going through a collection of vintage recipes, it’s fun to imagine what prompted the person who assembled the collection to include a particular recipe. This recipe for a simple, one-bowl zucchini casserole just seems so much like my grandmother: it’s good, and not at all fussy. Here’s the next installment in The Dorothy Project: Lost and Found Zucchini Casserole, which she clipped from Gourmet magazine in the 1980s. Get the recipe on writes4food.com. Continue reading

The Dorothy Project: Poppy seed cake.

Welcome to installment No. 1 of The Dorothy Project, in which I’ll cook my way through many of the recipes in my grandma’s old recipe file. First up: one of my favorite desserts from growing up. I loved poppy seed cake so much it was the top layer of our wedding cake. Get my grandma’s old-fashioned recipe on writes4food.com — it’s really easy! Continue reading

The Dorothy Project: what do you think?

If you’ve been reading writes4food.com for awhile, you remember The Clara Project, inspired by a collection of vintage recipe cards I discovered at an antique store. Now, I’ve gotten my hands on my grandmother’s clip file of old recipes. I’m thinking of cooking my way through her library: The Dorothy Project. What do you think? Comment on writes4food.com if you’d be interested in following along! Continue reading