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

August’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...

Senate Beer ~1943

Happy Friday! No steak? No beefing if you've got Senate beer! Fun WWII advertisement that mentions rationing. The Christian Heurich Brewing Company,¬†of Senate Beer fame, was founded in the 1870s and operated out of Foggy Bottom in Washington, D.C. It quickly became the largest brewer in D.C. Operations expanded under the founder, Christian Heurich, who... Continue Reading →

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