Herbs for Soups ~1917

The Season for Herbs "For herbs and such things for soups and tartar sauce I get parsley, mint, sage and summer savory in their season from large meat markets in the city..." This brief advice column outlines how to find herbs and spices, how to preserve them once acquired, and then how to use them... Continue Reading →

Place Settings ~1930

Formal and Informal Place Settings Excellent descriptive print of your individual table setting for those formal occasions. Think Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. A grande affaire! For the average Joe, however, something less grande fits the bill. Here's the everyday table setup. Of course, 90 years later, now we have: And on that note, have... Continue Reading →

Lunch with a Punch 1943

Treasures All Around. Alllll righty folks, I've picked up a compendium of Sunset Magazines, circa 1943. The local library (of which I'm an avid patron) just started a long-overdue major renovation. They're at the cleaning out the basement stage - quite literally.  Out went a bunch of stuff from the catalog that had been collecting... Continue Reading →

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 →

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