Housekeeping Accounts ~1872

Tips for Household Management in the 1870s. When we think about managing our household budgets to maximize our savings (economy) today, what comes to mind? Certainly buying in bulk, perhaps with coupons or from club stores. Perhaps price checking at the store or even between stores in the weekly circulars that get mailed out. The... Continue Reading →

Feeling Saucy ~1819

6 Sauce Recipes. No parsley? No problem! Off colored meat? No problem! Vive le saucier! Source: American domestic cookery, formed on principles of economy, for the use of private families. 1819. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Cream Peppermints ~1897 You Will Slay Them By The Thousand ~1856 I must confess to a weakness for asparagus in... Continue Reading →

Cookery for the Poor ~1819

General Remarks and Frugal Hints. I promise a few hints, to enable every family to assist the poor of their neighbourhood at a very trivial expense; and these may be varied or amended at the discretion of the mistress. This excerpt speaks to the value placed on philanthropy and giving in Victorian homes. I've never... Continue Reading →

Management of Cows ~1819

Running a Dairy in the Early 1800s. Every cookbook should have such a thorough section on livestock management. This excerpt opens a window on the practical aspects of owning a cow. It covers all of the details - from cleanliness, to weaning the calf, to hiring a milking maid. Source: American domestic cookery, formed on principles... Continue Reading →

Lighthouse Kitchen ~1855

Point Pinos Lighthouse. In the words of a close friend, "the things you can do every day are the things you never do." Point Pinos Lighthouse sits about 1 mile from our home and we finally had the chance to wander over and take a tour. The lighthouse is immaculately preserved and furnished as it would... Continue Reading →

Alarum Clock ~1855

Alarm Clock - New Kitchen Invention. No microwave timer? No smartphone alarm? No problem! Check out this newest and most handiest of inventions, the alarum, or cooking clock. (Alarum is the British spelling) Note the N.B. - If the fire isn't the correct temperature, the alarm clock will not serve much of a purpose. Makes... Continue Reading →

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