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About The Apron Archives

The Apron Archives is a place for the old-fashioned, the traditional, and the edible.

All things New England (born and raised), recipes with a past, housewares with history, and the menus of former First Ladies are especially welcome.

About Aimee

I am a proud New Englander with a penchant for American history.  I live in southern New Hampshire, where I work as an editor for Yankee Magazine.

I am a sucker for community cookbooks, Bundt pans, well-loved measuring cups, Vera Neumann kitchen textiles, and retro flatware.

When I am not in the kitchen or at work you can find me in bed watching “The Golden Girls” or “Law and Order: SVU” with equal enthusiasm.

I blog here and over at Yankee Magazine’s website as The Yankee Seeker.

I’d love to hear from you.  Feel free to comment or email me at theapronarchives (at) gmail (dot) com.

27 Comments on “About”

  1. Pepito.Wallace
    December 2, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

    You are adorable. I think your blog is great and couldn’t agree more with your likes of New England. We are certainly blessed to be living in an area full of history and beauty…I look forward to being an avid reader of A&A. It’s already bookmarked on my homepage. Thanks for the intro friend!

    ~Your Local Bakery Manager ;-)

  2. TJ
    February 8, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    …..and I know you love your uncle TJ. Now, where are my cupcakes?:)

  3. March 25, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    Hi Aimee,

    We love your blog here at Yankee Magazine!

    Brenda Darroch
    Web Editor
    Yankee Magazine
    1121 Main St.
    Dublin, NH 03444

    • Aimee
      March 25, 2011 at 11:35 am #

      Hi Brenda! Thanks so much for commenting! I love Yankee Magazine! Thanks for all of the past, present, and future inspiration! :)

  4. April 4, 2011 at 2:32 am #

    I just visited your site for the first time. Your recipes look awesome–I’ll definitely try some out.
    I love your intro too–so well written. It’s fun for me to read about people from such a different part of the world from me (Hawaii. :))
    I’ll be back.

    • Aimee
      April 8, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

      Hi Monica! Thanks so much for visiting! I visited your blog and I just cannot imagine your life as a busy mom to 4 (FOUR!) tan, blond surfer boys in Hawaii (we know the baby will get there). Seems like a lot of fun, though! I just love how the world keeps allowing us more opportunities to share how we all tick. :)

  5. April 12, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    I found your blog through jenloveskev’s blogroll and everything looks wonderful!

    I also can’t agree more with your loves of NE. I’ve been living here for a few years now and even though I cried the first time my boyfriend’s mom put a steamed lobster in front of me I have grown to love this place.

    I am just getting into the blogging community again but I will definitely add this to my come-back list.

    • Aimee
      April 28, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

      Hi Erin! Sorry for my late reply – that’s what happens when I check email on the bus! I love jen(loveskev) – so glad you visited me here! I couldn’t help but laugh at the thought of you crying at the sight of a steamed lobster…but you had every right to cry! Those things are terrifying. Like enormous bugs! Glad you are sticking around. I will be visiting your blog too!

  6. Kathleen
    April 28, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    Hi Aimee!
    I just your recipe for Anadama Bread in Yankee magazine and can’t wait to make the bread myself. I love old cookbooks especially regional ones. I don’t even care what region they are from, but New England is my favorite. I was wondering if you remember a recipe called Fieldmouse Pie? In high school I took a course about New England and had to make a dish using an old recipe. I made this dish and the teacher didn’t tell anyone the name until after they ate it. I make sure they knew that there were no mice in the pan! The recipe came from Yankee, but noone else remembers it. That recipe sparked my interest in old recipes and that continues today. I look forward to reading your blog.

    • Aimee
      April 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

      Hi Kathleen! You sound like a girl after my own heart. I can’t resist an old cookbook – and the stranger the recipe sounds, the more I want to try it. It’s so funny that you mentioned Fieldmouse Pie! I recently picked up a copy of a 1985 book Yankee put out to mark their 50th anniversary called “The Best of Yankee Magazine”, and inside they mentioned “The Recipe Some Thought We Should Not Have Published” as….Fieldmouse Pie!

      And guess what? The recipe calls for 5 fat fieldmice! I took a picture of the recipe for you to see. Something tells me this isn’t the recipe you used…maybe you substituted sausages as the author suggests if mice are scarce? :)

      Hope this helps – or at least entertains. Thanks so much for visiting The Apron Archives!

  7. Jess Murphy
    May 11, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    Hi Aimee,
    It has been a silly long time since our days at Framingham State (and Wakefield)! I love your site! I saw your doppelganger the other day on my commute home from Longwood. Just curious if you’re in the city these days. It would be great to catch up!

    • Aimee
      May 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

      Jess! That is totally me! Sometimes I see you too and I have wanted to say hello, but I wasn’t sure you would remember me and the bus is just such a poor place to talk to anyone…especially during rush hour. Gross. One of these times let’s make sure to say hi – or maybe meet for lunch somewhere in the LMA? I’d love to catch up, too!

      • Anonymous
        June 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

        Sorry for the delay! Awesome, let’s catch up! Any day(s) that work best for you? I live right across the river in Cambridge so I’m pretty flexible. Oh that 47 is an angry beast!!
        Hope all is well!

  8. May 26, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    Hi Aimee!
    I was just wondering, How did people feel when you changed the name of your blog? I was thinking of doing the same, and I thought I’d ask you for advice!
    Thanks, Ursula

    • Aimee
      May 27, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

      Hi Ursula!
      First off, I love your blog! I am glad you have been updating more lately! I decided to make the name change before I registered a domain name. I had started my blog without realizing what direction I would want to take it in, or what kind of name I would want to use “forever,” since most blogs don’t end up being something you keep at for years. Once I picked my new name, I registered the domain and changed the header on my site, but kept WordPress as my host so I could set it up to automatically redirect visitors to the new site. I definitely didn’t lose anyone by doing this – if anything I gained some readers (I think) because I had a much clearer focus on what I was writing about, and my name reflected that! If you want to chat more about any of this stuff send me an email anytime to theapronarchives@gmail.com – I can’t wait to see what you do with your site!

      • Aimee
        May 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

        Man, that was a long reply. Whoops. :)

    • January 31, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

      Ursula, your blog looks divine. Chocolate on the front page? Oh, yes. You are a keeper.

  9. September 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    Hi Aimee!

    I stumbled upon your blog last week and you were featured in my FoodPress RSS feed so I am taking that as a sign and making the Apron Archives a weekly stop.

    K E R N girl ~ Beth J. Noël

  10. Sandy Mitchell (Fowler)
    October 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    Hi! I cook on a 1914 Glenwood cast iron stove! I bake, roast and even grill. I love
    it. I’ve had it for 30 years. Lots of fun. I’m from Wakefield Ma, but, now live in NH.

  11. Ali
    November 13, 2011 at 2:57 am #

    This website is amazing! Thanks for sharing! :P

  12. January 5, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    Great Anadama bread recipe. I went to a talk at the Sturgis Library in Barnstable on colonial cooking, and they had a recipe for Anadama bread, with instructions such as ‘add enough flour to make a stiff dough’.. which I worked, trial an error, to adjust for my bread machine, and now have a perfect recipe which always gets rave reviews.

  13. January 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    I am also a proud New Englander (from not quite so beautiful Springfield, Massachusetts). I love New England food and I love New England more then any other place in the world and would never live anywhere else. Altho I would like to live someplace other then Springfield. Any place really. Well except Holyoke.

  14. January 31, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    Aimee, you are my baking hero. :) You have made my lazy Tuesday morning absolutely shine. There is nothing I’d rather be doing right now than sitting back in my comfy chair with my favorite purple ballpoint pen and some notebook paper, copying down all your recipes that I’m so, SO excited to try!

    My husband and I host at a prayer house, and part of our job description is to have a tray of cookies out for the groups who come by to pray. I’ve been doing pretty well on my own for the past month, but now I’m just inspired! Chocolate cherry scones? Cranberry coins? Strawberry cool whip cookies? Oh goodness, these poor people’s waistlines won’t stand a chance!

    Thanks for making baking fun. You are a jewel.

  15. April 8, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    Saw your tweet about about Mister Rogers and Me, so I had to come to your website. Now I’m hungry, even though I just ate. Really glad you saw the movie. I think everyone is a better person after watching it. I think we all need to spread the word of what the kindness, compassion and wisdom of that gentle man. He was otherworldy, as the documentary implied, and the world needs him more than ever. There is a lot of fun and light in the website. You sound cool. Peace always, Tim Madigan

  16. daisyandthefox
    October 12, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    Hi Aimee!
    i have awarded you with the ‘Versatile Blogger Award’ http://daisyandthefox.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/fresh-start-new-name-revamped-style-versatile-blogger-award/ – congratulations – you most certainly deserve it! ))

    Daisy and the Fox

  17. Mary Westbrook
    December 27, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    Oh, I just love this website! I went to Franklin Pierce university back when it was just a College and I long for mellow New Hampshire Summers and crispy, cool Falls! I stumbled upon you looking for a Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and I will return for your like-minded love of the vintage and the delicious kitchen!


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