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Three Recipes from Maine Coastal Cooking

Try out three recipes for the solstice from Maine Coastal Cooking – Down East Recipes Dating from 1664, which was published in 1963.

Spiced Cider

  • 1 gallon cider
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon allspice berries
  • 4 sticks cinnamon (about 2 inches each)
  • 3 lemons (optional)
  • 3 oranges (optional)

Place cider and spices in a kettle and heat slowly, stirring often. Strain. Chill. Add fruit juices to taste, if desired.

Eggnog

  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Add salt to egg whites and beat until foamy. Add sugar gradually and continue beating until shiny and white and form soft peaks when beater is withdrawn. Beat yolks and vanilla until well blended. Fold into egg whites. Add milk. Serve.

Soft Molasses Cookies

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup bacon fat (melted)
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water (cold)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon each of ginger, cloves, and cinnamon
  • 4 cups flour

Mix all ingredients well. Roll out 1/4 inch thick and cut into circles. Bake in 375 degree oven for 10 minutes.