Household Hints ~1942

WWII Kitchen Hacks Happy Friday! Here are four quick-tips for the kitchen: soaking dried fruit, sifting sugar, using candied citrus peels, and storing cookie dough. Challenge: Give use your quick tip for the kitchen in the comments below! My addition: I always make a quick gravy out of pan-fried meats by adding water, salt, herbs,... Continue Reading →

Six Must Have Ingredients

The Classic Cooking Pantry Guide. Interested in whipping up some recipes from an antique cookbook passed down through the family? Or maybe you've discovered an old cookbook collecting dust in the corner of a thrift store? Trying out recipes from the past is a great way to spend an afternoon. Before you get started, here are some... Continue Reading →

Five Food Principles

Framework for an Early Food Pyramid. Or My Plate, they both work. This excerpt comes from the book Practical Cooking and Serving, 1902. As you read through it, you'll notice that the author has a very scientific orientation towards cooking. We're moving into an era when cooking becomes a science to be understood and mastered.... Continue Reading →

Late 1800s Domestic Help

Household Staffing: Servants, Maids, Butlers. Domestic Workers in Homes Large and Small. Wouldn't it be lovely to have an extra pair of hands to help with the drudgery of chores? Shopping, cooking, cleaning, gardening, minding the children... And what about 30 pairs of hands? Today's excerpt comes from The new cyclopædia of domestic economy, and... Continue Reading →

Household Tips ~1923

Advice on Brooms, Bread, and Cake Molds. Eclectic list of household advice from The Neighbor: Keep salt and pepper shaker on the kitchen range. It is handy when seasoning food. (Mine are on top of the microwave). Encircle all new brooms with a section of stocking leg, it will wear longer. A few drops of... Continue Reading →

Kitchen Design ~1827

1800s Kitchens.For your leisurely Sunday consumption, I offer you these remarks on the Victorian kitchen:It is an undisputed fact, that no person can work without tools; and in proportion to the completeness and fitness of the tools furnished, labour is facilitated, and a more perfect performance may be expected. These remarks apply, in no small... Continue Reading →

Frugal Friday ~1917

Classic Tips for Saving Food. Happy Friday, all! Made it through another week. I was in the car the other day with The Boy and we heard a public service message about food waste. Did you know: Consumers are responsible for more wasted food than farmers, grocery stores, restaurants, or any other part of the... Continue Reading →

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