Butchery ~1807

Kitchen Knives, etc. Back to the kitchen for today's post! Saw these and thought the illustrations were fascinating, in a macabre kind of way. I'm familiar with larding needles and meat cleavers, but a cutlet bat is a new one. Additional instruments for the home cook: meat saw, chopping boards, basins, and knives. From a... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday ~1919

Yuban Advertisement 1919. Happy Monday! ...fresh from the roasters, they package all this unusual flavor - package it so that none can escape.  Yuban comes to you as fresh as if it were still warm from the roasters. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Fun Antique Cookbook Titles Domestic Economy and Bliss in 1877 Potato... Continue Reading →

Fannie Farmer Cream of Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup - Attempt #1. CAUTION: Do not make this recipe as described below. Soup is big in our household, and I wanted to give this one a try. Canned tomato soup is fine, but what if you could make your own tomato soup? The fact that this recipe uses canned tomatoes is besides the... Continue Reading →

Cinnamon Toast & Canning Orgies ~1917

An Afternoon with Bettina Back to Bettina! Our newlywed whose cookbook is organized through a (seemingly) innocent narrative to help instruct in the art of cookery, from A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband. As you can imagine, the title has made it a best seller over the past 100 years. Check out this delightful... Continue Reading →

La Ditta R. Petra Wine Co. 1913

San Francisco, CA. The nice thing about having a blog is that you get to indulge whims. Apart from antique cookbooks, I have been known to dabble in wine. Found these images from the L'Italia newspaper, published in San Francisco circa 1913. The newspaper is in Italian, so brush off those conjugations! Judging by the... Continue Reading →

Summer Luncheon Menu ~1913

Summer Lunch Menu 1913. Welcome Summer! Several options for your upcoming picnic! Menu: Iced Currants Lettuce Sandwiches Chicken in Jelly Cheese Straws Nasturtium Sandwiches Lemon Ice Cream Custard Snow Cake Iced Russian Tea (?) These recipe descriptions are such a delight to read. When was the last time you read 'daintily' in a recipe? Nasturtiums... Continue Reading →

Summer Dining ~1897

Chirk table-talk beneath the shadowing trees...  Chirk is cheerful. Love the bonnet on the woman near the man with the top hat. That is formidable! More Fun Discoveries Victorian Picnic Menu ~1880 Ice Cream ~1866 Fried Tomatoes ~ 1866  

Not to Blame ~1891

A Little Victorian Humor. Happy Tuesday! A little Victorian humor to start your day. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Daily Menu ~1915 Apple Jam ~ 1876 Bain-Marie ~1886

Coffee Monday ~1915

Coffee For Your Summer Home. Happy Monday! And here I was worried about my summer coffee supply... Well that's a relief! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks “You may succeed with only a moderate amount of judgement…” Remarks on Pie Making ~1866 Cape Cod Clam Chowder ~1866

How To Set The Luncheon Table ~1899

The Victorian Lunch Table. Love the early photography in this one! The directions for setting the luncheon table will not be familiar. Take a look at the picture itself, then the directions below. You'll notice multiple forks and knives. I really like the little tea kettle set-up in the center of the table. When did... Continue Reading →

Lighthouse Kitchen ~1855

Point Pinos Lighthouse. In the words of a close friend, "the things you can do every day are the things you never do." Point Pinos Lighthouse sits about 1 mile from our home and we finally had the chance to wander over and take a tour. The lighthouse is immaculately preserved and furnished as it would... Continue Reading →

The Daily Menu ~1915

Happy Friday! Here's a menu for meal ideas. Love the variety. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Directions for Setting Refreshment Tables ~1866 Golden Sunshine Cake – 1922 Meets 2017 Teen How to Choose a Potato ~1855

Currant Wine ~1929

Currant Wine Recipe. The bounty of summer is upon us! Time to think about making fruit wines. A week or so ago, one of the young men working at the famers market asked the lady in front of us if she'd like some free strawberries and handed her a flat - told her she could... Continue Reading →

Macaroni and Cheese ~1897

Macaroni and Cheese Recipe. For all of you macaroni and cheese lovers out there, here's one for you! My nieces are big fans, but this isn't your typical box style mac & cheese... Talk about a unique preparation! The sauce and cheese are layered separately throughout the dish. Here's another macaroni and cheese recipe from... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday ~1921

The English Breakfast. ...the long sideboard with its row of hot-water dishes flanking the vast coffee-urn which puffs out little angry jets of steam... Happy Monday! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Cape Cod Clam Chowder ~1866 Advice on Most Useful Vegetables ~1847 Army Slap-Jacks ~1886  

Cucumber Recipes ~1897

Raw, Fried, and on Toast. The first piles of cucumbers showed up in our farmers market this week! Looking for ways to enjoy them beyond salad? How about frying them up and serving them on toast? The handy vegetable slicer is an added 19th century kitchen gadget bonus. Here's to summer's bounty! More Fun Discoveries... Continue Reading →

Deviled Eggs ~1897

Vertical Style. Here's to a hors d'oeuvres conversation starter for! This recipe for deviled eggs calls for standing them up instead of having them lie sideways. I wonder when this style went out of vogue? The next time we make deviled eggs, will give it a go! Source: Motgomery Ward and Co's Common Sense Cookery, 1897. More... Continue Reading →

Cherry Wine Recipe ~1825

Homemade Cherry Wine. Looking for a cherry wine recipe? This one looks like it has potential. The primary fermentation is spot on in terms of process. I love how they burry it in sand to keep the must cool and then top it with a vine leaf - what imagery! The recipe even calls for... Continue Reading →

Daily Menu ~1915

These menus always seem so well balanced with lots of fresh ingredients. What a different era from our fast food drive-thrus and pre-packaged frozen dinners. What is a Blackberry Roly-Poly? Glad you asked! This roly-poly calls for steaming the dough roll. I see 'boiled puddings' and 'steamed rolls' regularly. Has anyone tried steaming/boiling desserts?  As... Continue Reading →

Family Sauce ~1825

Sauce a tous Mets. One can never have enough sauce recipes! Here's one that requires some planning ahead (8 hours), but could probably work in a slow cooker. Ingredients: 1 pint stock 1 large glass white wine Pepper/salt A little thin lemon peel (guesses on amount?) Bay leave Dash of good vinegar Yum! More Fun... Continue Reading →

Potato Pudding ~1877

Potato Pudding Recipe. Note: 41 ounces is about 2.5 lbs. That's quite a bit of potato! Perfect for leftover mashed potatoes. 4 ounces of butter is 1 stick. Will post this with every intention of coming back to experiment. If it comes out edible, has potential as a gluten free dessert. I just finished watching... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday ~1921

For The Lady Who Breakfasts In Bed. ...It is a miracle of fresh and delicate appointments. Here's to Monday! ...if strawberries are served the hulls should be left on and the berries carefully selected for size and color. White grapes, peeled and chilled, may be substituted, or iced orange juice with fresh mint. Dry toast... Continue Reading →

Strawberry Season! 1920

Strawberry-Themed Menu June 1920. Strawberry season is well and truly here! Yay! We are surrounded by strawberry fields, and have the luxury of indulging in sweet strawberry abundance for a pittance. I pick up a half-flat every Monday afternoon at the local farmers market with good intentions to whip up marvelous confections. Alas, by Tuesday... Continue Reading →

Food for Picnics ~1915

Planning a Picnic. The weather is finally coming around and it is a grand time for picnics! Here's a fun planning guide for picnics circa 1915. I'm not sure why bread has fallen out of fashion, but lemonade remains a faithful standby. This looks like an a delicious feast! A far cry from hot dogs,... Continue Reading →

June Menu ~1884

June Menu 1884. Welcome June! This month's menu comes from the Franco-American Cookery Book; Or, how to live well and eat wisely every day of the year (Check out last June's menu, here). Here's to summer! This Garbure a la Clermont looks delicious - something akin to a French onion soup, which makes sense given that... Continue Reading →

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