Christmas Dinner ~1928

Canada Dry Christmas Dinner So now is come our joyful'st feast! Let every man be jolly; Each room with ivy leaves is drest, and every post with holly.   If Canada Dry still came in a champagne bottle, I'm sure it would do well over the holidays. The kids get sparkling cider, but I'm guessing... Continue Reading →

Bartering for the Christmas Turkey

Planning for Christmas. Found this little gem. Official title is "A backwoods Santa Claus exchanging Christmas things for turkeys" by Peter Newel, c. 1894, published in Haper's Magazine. Yesterday was the first day I braved the crowds to do a little holiday shopping. I'm intrigued by the idea of bartering for special gifts, though I'm... Continue Reading →

December Menu ~1920s

Welcome December! Time to dust off those traditional family recipes, dig out the nutmeg jar, and tie on that apron with firm conviction. December is here... Here are a few inspirational dinner menus from my undated recipe book:  The Calendar of Dinners, 365 Answers to the Daily Question: What shall we have for dinner? These... Continue Reading →

Happy Thanksgiving ~1919

May your day be filled with excellent food, agreeable company, and warm memories! Cheers! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Thanksgiving ~1895 Thanksgiving Pie “The Crown of the Feast”~1866 Inseparable from the Charm of the Turkey Is the Dressing Thereof ~1905

Thanksgiving ~1943

Holiday Dinners and Kindly Good Cheer Brought to you by a 1943 Sunset magazine advert from the California Wine Board. Happy Thanksgiving! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Thanksgiving Dinner ~1866 Remarks on Pie Making ~1866 Thanksgiving Pie “The Crown of the Feast”~1866

Receipt against the Plague ~1747

Traveling to areas with known plague? Make sure that you are properly protected using this Receipt against the Plague. Truly an unexpected find. Camphor is known to be used as a natural mosquito repellant, so perhaps there's validity in this recipe if the ointment is effective in repelling fleas as well? Love the story about... Continue Reading →

Grape Harvest ~2019

Merlot & Petit Verdot. Ho! Tis that time of year. Once again harvest is upon us. The last several weeks have been dedicated to all things grape fermentation. Cleaning. Picking. Crushing. Pressing. Cajoling family and friends to come and help. And cleaning once again. This year we headed out to the vineyard early on a... Continue Reading →

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