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 →

Happy Mother’s Day ~1912

To all the mothers: May your day be filled with family and love! Source: The San Francisco Sunday Call, Sept. 8, 1912. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Cookery ~1825 American Wild Fruits ~1910 Jam ~1819

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 →

Antique Meat Thermometer

Pork Roast Temperatures. Mercurial Readings. What is the appropriate internal temperature for a pork roast? Seems like an easy enough question. However, did you know that the USDA updated the guidelines for safe pork temperatures just recently in 2011? News to me. They now recommend that pork is safe at 145°F. I'm not big on... 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 →

Measurement Conversions ~1875

Understanding Antique Cookbook Measurements. Finally! A clear guide to all of those obscure weights and measures for the Victorian kitchen. From gills, to pecks, to tumblers. Butter the size of an egg has always been a bit of a mystery. #useful Source: In the Kitchen, 1875. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Carrot Soup ~1819... Continue Reading →

Camping Stoves ~1910

Camping Stoves Early 1900s. Oh, I do hope that you read this one in its entirety - if nothing more than for the mule's sake. Note that the Klondike Gold Rush happened between 1896 and 1899, hence this beauty's namesake. Here's a link to Camp Cookery, more to come. Happy camping! More Fun Discoveries from Antique... Continue Reading →

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