Retro Recipe Thursdays: Jelly Marmalade Drop Cookies

This week, we're very pleased to feature a retro recipe from our vintage Peter Pauper Press cookbook, The ABC of Cookies. All the recipes from this popular classic have just been made available for Amazon Kindle! (And check out the rest of our first batch of vintage cookbooks here!)

"No matter what the weather, No matter what the clime, Enjoy your cookie-baking! Have a wonderful, wonderful time."


Jelly Marmalade Drop Cookies
Yields 4 dozen cookies

3 cups flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
3/4 cup orange marmalade

Sift together flour, soda, and salt. Cream butter; gradually beat in sugar and eggs; stir in flour, then marmalade. Drop from teaspoon on greased baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake in 350° oven about 12 minutes; remove at once from sheet.


San Francisco Treats!

Cupcakes A wonderful display of cupcakes in San Francisco.

I had a lot of fun at the San Francisco International Gift Fair this season. Our products are displayed at the fair in the Lori Minden showroom. Lori and her team are sales reps for PPP in Northern California. They're a pleasure to work with. And San Francisco is one of my favorite cities to visit while doing the trade show circuit. I just have to learn to stay away from the sourdough bread!

I was good this time, I swear. But it wasn't easy. And Lori serves candy and snacks all day long, which are appreciated by show attendees and buyers. But it's really hard not to sneak a treat in between customer inquiries about our latest journals and Scratch & Sketches. To make matters even more tempting, the Sweet Shop was set up at the show with Whoopie Pies for all! All kinds of confectionery surrounded me, but I remained strong.

I was also next to the gong this year. Lori does a "gong and win" game each show. If you write orders for three product lines in her showroom space, you get to bang the gong and spin the wheel for a prize — cash, gift certificates for food/coffee, etc. If you've ever attended this show, I'm sure you've heard the gong go off!

Sugar seemed to be calling my name after hours, too — even while shopping at the Westfield Mall. A visit to Bristol Farms for water before going to the movie theater brought me to the magnificent display in the top photo. Drool!

But really, San Francisco is also wonderful for views, history, and culture. It's got everything a tourist — even a business tourist — could want.

I even got THE most relaxing reflexology foot massage while there (a must after a day on your feet at the show) at a place in Japantown called uTOEpia.  Two toes up in a circle for that! (Thanks for the rec and reservation, Christine!)

Then I had dinner with a friend at The House, near Telegraph Hill and North Beach, across from City Lights Bookstore. Delicious! And the people at the next table raved about the mushroom rice with grilled prawns — it was a "moving experience" (the food actually moved)! The House is a small place and popular — if you go, make reservations.

And I had a great dinner the last night in town with Lori and her reps at Osha Thai. Really good! Thanks, Lori!

Claudine is PPP Sales Manager and the author of our Diet and Fitness Journal.

Monday Mood Booster: Gems from Julia

"I was a six-foot-two, thirty-six-year-old, rather loud and unserious Californian. The sight of France in my porthole was like a giant question mark."
Julia Child, My Life in France

The French Chef.
International spy. 
TV trailblazer.
Breast cancer survivor.
Even has her own holiday.*

Everyone's celebrating the life of the extraordinary Julia Child, who, with her "way with a whisk on camera" (New York Times), revolutionized the American kitchen.

In honor of the observance of what would have been her hundredth birthday this month (August 15), here are a few of Julia's bons mots to go with your bonbons!

"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."

"In department stores, so much kitchen equipment is bought indiscriminately by people who just come in for men’s underwear."

"I always give my bird a generous butter massage before I put it in the oven. Why? Because I think the chicken likes it — and, more important, I like to give it."

"Everything in moderation . . . including moderation."

"I have trouble with toast. Toast is very difficult. You have to watch it all the time or it burns up."

"Noodles are not only amusing, but delicious."

"The tomato hides its griefs. Internal damage is hard to spot."

"Noncooks think it's silly to invest two hours' work in two minutes' enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, so is the ballet."

"The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It's doing something that you appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile. I think of my strawberry soufflé. I did that at least twenty-eight times before I finally conquered it."

"I like beer."

Her quip, "I think every woman should have a blowtorch," made while caramelizing a crème brûlée, inspired PPP's mini gift book of the same name, which is filled with "Fiery Thoughts for Feisty Females" from everyone from Mae West to Eleanor Roosevelt. 

Happy Birthday, Julia!

*"Yes, Julia has a holiday! Her alma mater, Smith College, holds Julia Child Day in her honor each November. Dining halls prepare meals from her recipes, and speakers hold forth on subjects related to her accomplishments and passions. For more information, see"
–Talia, PPP editor and a Smith alumna with fond memories of Julia’s legacy

Image of Julia Child courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. UH Digital Library.