Dictionary of Foods: Allarlei through Amilace 1898

Culinary Encyclopedia. Today we look at Allerlei, a German dish with stewed early spring vegetables (I actually think this would make a good name for a '60s love child, all the way to Amilace, or starchy.  This is a fantastic resource for obscure words. I didn't know amaranth was a type of spinach. I posted... Continue Reading →

January Weekly Menu 1860s

Bills of Fare for January: Plain Family Dinners The astounding variety in each of these dinner menus makes the reader wonder what a fancy dinner would look like! Of note, our family enjoys apple sauce. We should eat it as a side dish. Check out the cabinet pudding recipe, similar to the one included in... Continue Reading →

Tool Tuesday: Egg Stand 1861

Every breakfast table needs an egg stand. Check out this sketch from 1860 with a modern-day picture of a Victorian egg stand. Lovely! Hint: You can move the pictures back/forth by clicking on them.

Frog’s Legs ~1897

Frog's Legs Recipe In honor of Leap Year, today is Frog's Legs Day! To celebrate, here's a recipe for fried frog's legs. Unfortunately, I don't have access to frog's legs to try this one out. In fact, the only place I've ever seen frog's legs on the menu was outside of Poverty Point, Louisiana (which... Continue Reading →

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 →

World Ocean Day

Today we celebrate World Ocean Day!  As many of you know, we've made our home right along the central coast of California. Every day we wake up to the sea gulls, sea lions, harbor seals, and pelicans. During certain months of the year, whales stop by on their migration routes. On most days, I wake up... Continue Reading →

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