Garden Salad ~1942

An Inspiration. For those who dislike a traditional leaf lettuce salad, this recipe calls for chopped veggies served in avocado shells. A hearty and rich alternative to your typical green salad.   More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Feeding a Family for a Week ~1875 Salted Almonds ~1922 Improved Stove ~1807

Soft Boiled Eggs ~1800s

Breakfast Basics. May your Sunday morning unfold lazily over brunch and mimosas! Alas, found this one in my files, but didn't note the year. Looks mid- to late 1800s. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Preserving Vegetables for Winter ~1819 To Keep Meat Hot ~1805 Mysteries of Puddings ~1805

Candied Orange Peels ~1886

Citron Preserves. How did oranges get into the August¬†CSA box? I'm not even sure where we grow oranges locally this time of year. Regardless, they are, as is any fruit save papaya, most welcome. Not a huge fan of papaya.¬† Oranges are an easy snack for families with kids. I've never known of a kid... Continue Reading →

Summer Picnics ~1940s

Ho! To the Archives! Had a unique opportunity to tour the archives for the Command History Office at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. Admittedly, this is my first trip to an 'archives' other than the National Archives, where you get to stand in line to chance a peek at the Constitution. While less... Continue Reading →

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 →

Serving Watermelon ~1930

Watermelons Green Buddhas On the fruit stand. we eat the smile And spit out the teeth. ~Charles Simic, 1938 May your last days of summer be filled with watermelons! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Lemonade ~1911 Cabinet Pudding Recipe ~1886 Onion Sauce ~1855

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