One day I started to crave peanut butter cookies the way my mother made them. Then weeks later, I had a dream about the hard fudge we used to make back in the 1950s when I was growing up on the South Side of Chicago. And whatever happened to mayonnaise cake? My psyche was trying to tell me something. And this book is the result.
What my psyche has called me to do is gather my goodies into this cookbook-- to pass on the recipes that my family members have used for their celebrations through many decades of the 20th century. I reviewed my dog-eared, batter-splattered recipe cards with all the chicken-scratched handwriting and decided it was time to commit these treasures to digital format. I want the next generation to delight their children and their children's children with these old comfort sweets including home-made hard fudge, mayonnaise cake, pecan tarts, and prize-winning blueberry pie. This is a part of my culture that I don't want to loose in the frenzy for "thin." So here they are, my humble offerings. Indulge, delight, and good night!
Alice Stevens comes from a large Irish family from the South Side of Chicago. Her siblings have all contributed favorite recipes from the 1950s and 1960s. The author received her MA in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and now lives with her husband in Chicago?s South Loop.