May’s Cottage Garden ~1848

ANYTHING omitted last month, do early this month. Set bean poles, and plant the beans around them; plant bush beans, cucumbers, musk melons, water melons, squashes, nasturtiums, early and late potatoes, strawberries, evergreens, shrubs, roses; sow half hardy annuals in the flower beds...

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 →

May Menu ~1808

Welcome May! Here's is a seasonal menu from 1808. What I like about this particular publication, is that the dishes are arranged as you would find them on the table for service. It gives the home cook a visual image of how the dishes are to be presented. Notice, for example, the flowers in the... Continue Reading →

Happy Easter~

Easter Greetings from the Late 1800s. Warmest Regards to All~ More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Fannie Farmer Mint Glazed Carrots Housekeeping Recipe 1913 To Test Eggs (Seriously?!? They knew this in 1876?)  

Life on the Swing Shift

Maxwell House WWII Advertisement. Here's a fascinating advert from 1943. They target women factory works - neat - during WWII working on what looks like and airplane. Here's the copy: Happy Monday! And remember... When life needs a lift, it's coffee time! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Folding Napkins ~1872 Wanted: 500 Bakers ~1917... 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 →

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