Remember those who served... and those still serving to protect us.
John Billings’ Hardtack and Coffee. Boston: 1887
Monday, May 18, 2020
Although I have been adding new items as I find them to a post last month with 42 (and growing!) free online learning activities (reading, lectures) for the Quarantine HERE, this symposium should be of interest and noted again.
Monday, May 11, 2020
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
The bees are out enjoying all the dandelions from all the rain. This 1869 image depicts the "three classes of bees" and how the swarm leaves the beehive to "settle upon a limb" then placed in the wooden box. The author clearly was not allergic, boasting "no protection to face or hands." Don't try this at home!
Monday, April 27, 2020
Many food history virtual lectures, learning sessions, historic cooking demos, exhibits and books are being offered free for the quarantine. THREE symposiums will be online. Most, including the Oxford Symposium Proceedings and videos of Culinary Historians of Southern California speakers, will continue to be freely available. I am adding other links as I find them, and if you know of any, please send contact form, on right. ENJOY!
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Monday, April 6, 2020
Since 1888, White Rabbit has been competing with Paas (founded 1880) packaged egg dyes. The White Rabbit advertising included colorful graphics and lovely paper dye sheets. These 1899 ads are more colorful than Paas Egg Dye Co's advertising. Their web site is just as colorful and creative.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Monday, March 16, 2020
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Olio was an extravagant stew of many meats, vegetables, herbs and spices served in it's own "close-covered" cooking "olio pot." Vincent La Chapelle, "Chief Cook" to the Earl of Chesterfield, included three recipes in his 1733 work The Modern Cook - one French Olio and two Spanish. By the 1860s a Crab Olio was in two Maryland cookbooks - no meat, but crab, eggplant and tomatoes.
Monday, February 24, 2020
Winter butter was pale, but was enhanced with carrot juice, marigold, annato, turmeric and even egg yolks for selling in the cities. "No one in the country will eat colored butter in winter except as the milk colors it." The taste and color naturally improved when the cows ate grass instead of their winter diet of hay. More on grass butter HERE
Monday, February 17, 2020
How great would it be to own a c200 year old Rumford Roaster! This Rumford Roaster, made by Elijah Fuller of Salem, was originally in an 18th century house in Peabody MA, and was working into the late 20th century; the home was demolished and the oven was saved and installed in a new house. Again removed and stored, the current owner hopes it will be used and appreciated once again.
Monday, February 10, 2020
Although there are many images of chicken ladders in Germany through the centuries, HERE I haven’t seen a chicken ladder going into a tree...until recently. The photo was taken the first two decades of the 1900s on a farm in southern Monroe County, Pa. In the few writings about the pros and cons of chickens in trees, only one mentioned to "place something" for the chickens to get to the branches.
Monday, February 3, 2020
Monday, January 27, 2020
Monday, January 20, 2020
Monday, January 6, 2020
Instead of a Twelfth Night Cake, waffles were among the holiday's foods in the 17th century, painted by Jan Steen (1626-1679). Click on picture to enlarge
Monday, December 30, 2019
Poets described the food that tenants gave to their landlords: capon at New Years, fish for Lent, fowl at Midsummer [June 24], goose at Michaelmas [Sept 29], and a capon at Christmas "for fear their lease fly loose" - lose their lease.