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Mondays & Memories of My Mom – Summertime Appreciation

Thank God it’s Monday, once again. I personally look forward to each and every Monday, as they’re my 52 Chances a year, in which I get to share Memories of My Mom with you! Therefore, happy Monday to one and all. #TheRecipeDetective #DaylightAppreciationDay #SummerSolstice #Summersgiving Even though we celebrated the unofficial start of summer several […]

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Mondays & Memories of My Mom – High Costs History Repeats

Thank God it’s Monday, as they’re my 52 Chances a year, in which I get to share Memories of My Mom with you. Therefore, happy Monday. #TheRecipeDetective #FreshFruitAndVegetablesMonth In honor of June, being National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, I’d like to continue with my… LAST THOUGHTS… FROM LAST WEEK… Since grocery prices continue to […]

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Mondays & Memories of My Mom – Gardening Benefits

As usual, thank God it’s Monday, once again. I personally look forward to all Mondays, as they’re my 52 Chances a year, in which I get to share Memories of My Mom with you! Therefore, happy Monday and happy June, too. #TheRecipeDetective #NationalGardeningWeek #NationalGardeningExerciseDay #FreshFruitAndVegetablesMonth #RoseMonth This week celebrates, among other things, National Gardening Week. […]

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HOW TO MAKE POCKETS FOR GRANNY SQUARE VEST

HOW TO MAKE POCKETS FOR GRANNY SQUARE VEST By Gloria Pitzer, as seen in her self-published newsletter, Gloria Pitzer’s Secret Recipes Newsletter (Secret RecipesTM, St. Clair, MI; Nov.-Dec. 1987, p. 11). Whether you use one pocket or two pockets on the Granny Square Vest, per directions… [see also https://therecipedetective.com/2024/05/06/light-spring-vest/]… You will make a 12-round Granny […]

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CROCHET ABREVIATIONS & STITCH EXAMPLES

CROCHET ABREVIATIONS & STITCH EXAMPLES CROCHET ABBREVIATIONS By Gloria Pitzer, as seen in her self-published folder, Granny Square How To (Secret RecipesTM, St. Clair, MI: Fall 1986, p. 1). The only abbreviations in my patterns… STITCHES: ½-DC…….Half Double Crochet DC………..Double Crochet SC………..Single Crochet sts………..Stitches rnd(s)…….Round(s) ch…………Chain SIZES: X-Lg………Extra Large Lg…………Large Med……….Medium Sm………..Small [For reference, see […]

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BEEF BRISKET

BEEF BRISKET By Gloria Pitzer, as seen in… Gloria Pitzer’s Mostly 4-Ingredient Recipes (Secret RecipesTM, St. Clair, MI; April 1986, p. 14). INGREDIENTS: 3 to 3½-lb beef brisket ½ cup Lambrusco wine 1.5-oz envelope onion soup mix 12-oz bottle Heinz Chili Sauce INSTRUCTIONS: Combine it all in a Pam-sprayed 9x12x2-inch baking pan or deep baking […]

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CREAM OF ASPARAGUS SOUP

CREAM OF ASPARAGUS SOUP By Gloria Pitzer, as seen in… Gloria Pitzer’s Cookbook – Best Of The Recipe Detective (Balboa Press; Jan. 2018, p. 120). [A revised reprint of Gloria Pitzer’s Better Cookery Cookbook (Secret RecipesTM, St. Clair, MI; May 1983, 3rd Edition).] INGREDIENTS: 10-ounce can cream of chicken soup 10-ounce can cream of celery […]

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NEAT MAN MARKET’S OPEN-FACE APPLE PIE

NEAT MAN MARKET’S OPEN-FACE APPLE PIE By Gloria Pitzer, as seen in… Gloria Pitzer’s Cookbook – Best Of The Recipe Detective (Balboa Press; Jan. 2018, p. 237). [A revised reprint of Gloria Pitzer’s Better Cookery Cookbook (Secret RecipesTM, St. Clair, MI; May 1983, 3rd Edition).] Like that served by the Neiman Marcus – Zodiac Room […]

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HOT TURKEY SALAD

HOT TURKEY SALAD By Gloria Pitzer, as seen on her free sample recipes sheet from Fall 2002. INGREDIENTS: 2 cups elbow macaroni 2 ribs celery, sliced thin 2 cans (10-oz each) cream of chicken soup 1 can (10-oz) cheddar cheese soup half a soup can of real mayonnaise 2 cups finely cut up leftover turkey […]

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SHORTBREAD, like Lorna Doone

SHORTBREAD, like Lorna Doone By Gloria Pitzer, as seen in… That’s the Flavor! (Secret RecipesTM, Marysville, MI; May 1998, p. 15). INGREDIENTS: 1 cup butter ½ cup powdered sugar 2 cups flour ¼ tsp baking powder INSTRUCTIONS: Cream butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually blend in half the flour, the baking powder, […]

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