Happy 4th! ~1918

Esteemed Readers: If you are on this side of the pond, I wish you all a very happy holiday. If you're on the other side and everywhere else, cheers! Happy Fourth of July, Erin Source: School for bakers and cooks, Camp Sheridan, Alabama, 1918. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Victorian Picnic Menu ~1880 July... Continue Reading →

World Ocean Day

Today we celebrate World Ocean Day!  As many of you know, we've made our home right along the central coast of California. Every day we wake up to the sea gulls, sea lions, harbor seals, and pelicans. During certain months of the year, whales stop by on their migration routes. On most days, I wake up... 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

Ginger Wine Recipe ~1770

How to Make Ginger Wine. Today's post is an update on the ginger wine project started back in January. Backstory: Ginger wine is traditionally made from ginger and raisins and first appeared in Britain in the 1740s. The wine can be fortified with brandy or cognac, or even diluted with lemonade. An interesting historical note:... Continue Reading →

Modern Mode of Serving Meat Dishes ~1880

Mrs. Beeton Serving Meat Prints. These four pages are taken from Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management. The book includes several colored pages of illustrations throughout, which were a huge selling point. Other than the holidays, I know I really don't plate our everyday meals, it's just not practical. The thought, however, has a formal... Continue Reading →

Corned Beef Hash ~1895

The Day After St. Patrick's. Nothing like a dinner of heavy food and Guinness to make you fully appreciate fresh salads and fruit smoothies with chia seeds. But those delicious leftovers are beckoning from the fridge! Corned beef hash embraces all of the necessary stick-to-your-ribs kind of meal qualities. High carb. High protein. Savory. Salty.... Continue Reading →

Pie Day ~1947

Classic Recipes to Celebrate Pie Day. Happy Pi(e) Day! Here are a few fun pie recipes to help celebrate the day. Mother’s Pumpkin Pie ~1875 Pie or Cobbler? ~1910 Remarks on Pie Making ~1866 On Pies ~1855 Thanksgiving Pie “The Crown of the Feast”~1866 Apples Prepared for Nice Pies ~1851  

On Vulgar Phrases

Polite Expressions from 1880. There are also certain words and phrases which for some unaccountable reason are tabooed or excluded in good society. Of these "polite" and "genteel" are two. Never write or say “your polite invitation," or "you are very polite," or "you might have had the politeness," or "he is a very polite... Continue Reading →

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