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Sorrell with Eggs – For a Plate.

2 August 2017

I wanted a snack. I have a planter of herbs growing on my porch. I also wanted to post a new recipe here. Luckily, UPenn MS Codex 1038 has a simple, tasty recipe for “Sorrell...

To Make Chocklate Cream

20 June 2017

It’s hot out. Each year when swampy summer hits Philly, I start to make a list of recipes that do not require me to turn on the oven. So I was pleasantly surprised when I saw...

Margaret Baker’s sacke possett & fine biskett, or a year with Folger MS V.a.619

9 May 2017

It’s an interesting experience to spend months with a single recipe book. This year I collaborated with an undergraduate student, Rachael Shulman, on...

To Make Appel Flitters

31 March 2017

  Who can resist an apple fritter? Alyssa and I are both crazy about the apple fritters at Reading Terminal Market. Dotties, my local doughnut shop, makes a mean vegan apple...