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…

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

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…

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…

Coffee Monday: White, Fairchild & Co. ~1855

Coffee Advertisement. Happy Monday. How about some obscure vocabulary and inflation calculations to start your day?   But wait, there's more! "The only preparation, unadulterated, which combines the rich oleaginous portion of the coffee berry along with its more solid particles..." Need another cup of coffee to mull over that one! A 1000£ guarantee in…

Wine Recipes c.1803

Celebrating National Wine day. Wine Recipes of the Early 1800s. Happy National Wine Day! This post is completely self-serving. It's a way for me to index a very curious list of wine recipes to be able to easily go back and check them out later. Let's dissect: Gooseberry Wine was popular because it was the…

Coffee Monday: The Coffee Fiend ~1919

The Dreaded Coffee Fiend. Happy Monday! The coffee substitute fiend. Mr. Buffey is always trying to get you to drink "roasted wispies" or "wheat-ocrisp," the last one to be tried being always just as good as the best coffee without any of the injurious qualities of coffee. Coffee Substitutes Coffee substitutes, including roasted wheat and…

Coffee Monday: Yuban 1919

Yuban Advertisement. Happy Monday! ...The clever hostess has learned that Yuban fulfills this test as no other coffee does. How much satisfaction it gives you when your guest lifts the fragrant, steaming cup, sips the rich liquid, to see the smile of approval that flits across his face. For the very distinguished guest is especially…

Derby Time! Mint Julep ~1886

Mint Julep Recipe. This Mint Julep recipe post is dedicated to those of you who will be enjoying the Kentucky Derby tomorrow! Cheers! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks May Menu ~1884 Spinage ~1825 Bubble and Squeak ~1855 Source: Miss Corson's Practical American Cookery and Household Management, 1886.

Coffee Monday: Yuban 1917

Yuban Coffee Advertisement.   A little pick-me-up for your Monday morning - or to lay the foundations on which the welfare of our country depends. Either/or. More Fun Discoveries L’Eau de la Vie Recipe 1837 Medicinal Preparations And Herbs, Which Every Family Ought To Keep On Hand ~1856/2017 British Wine Maker and Domestic Brewer Review…