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, 1985)

Lemon-Basil-Blueberry Bars are simple bar cookies that sum up everything I like about the Country Kitchen Collection’s Cookie Cookbook.  The recipe is elegant in its simplicity and not overly complicated.  And while it focuses primarily on highlighting bright flavors from fresh ingredients, it’s not too proud to use an instant pudding mix as its base.   It……

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……