Strawberry Season

“Wife, into the garden, and set me a plot With strawberry roots, the best to be got; Such growing abroad, among thorns in the wood, Well chosen and picked, prove excellent food.” ~Old Tusser, Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry Storing Strawberries. Strawberry season is nearing its merry end. And while technically we do get... Continue Reading →

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 →

School Lunch ~1907

Plain. Well Cooked. "An ill-nourished child is not always a pleasant one." #Hangry! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Apple Custard ~1881 Cookbook Subscribers ~1747 Golden Sunshine Cake ~1914

Back to School ~1917

A New Year Begins. How quickly summer ebbs into fall. The Girl starts her senior year and with it a certain excitement and trepidation. I must admit I feel the same! Routine is good, however, plus it gives the kids something legitimate to complain about. Fun reads: Check out the Packing Lunch post for tips... Continue Reading →

Brussels ~1930

Stocks of Sprouts. Did you know that brussels sprouts were first cultivated in Ancient Rome? Well, probably. The first written reference to brussels appears in 1587, where they were popular in the cooler climes of Northern Europe. Admittedly, not everyone is a fan of brussels.  Our family loves all things cabbagey, though, so we're showcasing... Continue Reading →

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 →

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