Belgardin Brod (from Christmas Convoys, 1952)

Belgardin Brod is one of several traditional European “cookies” featured in Christmas Convoys.  In practice it looks and feels more like a cracker than a cookie, and tastes kind of like a cross between a ginger snap and a snickerdoodle with strong citrus overtones.  It’s kind of like the old fashioned grandma candy equivalent of……

Lemon-Basil-Blueberry Bars (adapted from Cookie Cookbook)

A recipe that perhaps best sums up Cookie Cookbook is the Lemon Blueberry Bars.  It’s not the tastiest cookie in the book nor is it the most ingenious, but it captures everything I like about Cookie Cookbook in one short recipe.  It’s a simple bar cookie livened up with a healthy dose of fresh blueberries,……

Tomato Soup Cake (Oklahoma, 1970s)

This bizarre spice cake recipe has a minor cult following online, a trend that Campbell’s has embraced wholeheartedly.   Campbell’s takes credit for inventing the recipe in the late 1920s and making continuous tweaks and updates to “evolve the recipe with trends in the culinary world”.   I personally have no nostalgia for this cake.  Condensed soup……