Receipt against the Plague ~1747

Traveling to areas with known plague? Make sure that you are properly protected using this Receipt against the Plague. Truly an unexpected find. Camphor is known to be used as a natural mosquito repellant, so perhaps there's validity in this recipe if the ointment is effective in repelling fleas as well? Love the story about... Continue Reading →

Grape Harvest ~2019

Merlot & Petit Verdot. Ho! Tis that time of year. Once again harvest is upon us. The last several weeks have been dedicated to all things grape fermentation. Cleaning. Picking. Crushing. Pressing. Cajoling family and friends to come and help. And cleaning once again. This year we headed out to the vineyard early on a... Continue Reading →

Cornmeal Gems ~1893

1893 World's Fair Souvenir Cook Book. Here's another full page out of the 1893 World's Fair Souvenir Cook Book. Throughout the book we have pictures of the ladies who helped to organize the fair and put the book together. With each picture, you're left wondering about how the women got involved in the project, what... Continue Reading →

Julienne Soup ~1893

Soup Recipes.   A certain chill is in the air. The mornings are nippy. The days still harbor a lingering warmth, but not for much longer. Time for soup! Soothing, comforting soup! The one dish that fills the the nooks and crannies, spreading a cozy assuredness that all will be right in the world. Soup... Continue Reading →

Strawberry Season

“Wife, into the garden, and set me a plot With strawberry roots, the best to be got; Such growing abroad, among thorns in the wood, Well chosen and picked, prove excellent food.” ~Old Tusser, Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry Storing Strawberries. Strawberry season is nearing its merry end. And while technically we do get... Continue Reading →

County Fair

Food and Fun. Great time had by all. Tried to enter the home winemaking competition this year, but the category was mysteriously missing. The neighboring county has the amature winemaker's competition in their fair, but I missed the deadline. Already planning for next year. Hope you all get out to enjoy your local fairs! Here... Continue Reading →

School Lunch ~1907

Plain. Well Cooked. "An ill-nourished child is not always a pleasant one." #Hangry! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Apple Custard ~1881 Cookbook Subscribers ~1747 Golden Sunshine Cake ~1914

Back to School ~1917

A New Year Begins. How quickly summer ebbs into fall. The Girl starts her senior year and with it a certain excitement and trepidation. I must admit I feel the same! Routine is good, however, plus it gives the kids something legitimate to complain about. Fun reads: Check out the Packing Lunch post for tips... Continue Reading →

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