Monday, May 29, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
Monday, May 15, 2017
Monday, May 8, 2017
"Why does the old lady knock with her key on a frying-pan?" Bees swarm when the hives "be too much crowded by the young brood" and the weather warms in late April or May. To settle/calm the bees into an empty hive people would beat a kettle, pan or ring a little bell. Perhaps to sound like thunder or it was done to claim ownership of the swarm.
Monday, May 1, 2017
The company, still in business, still sells the famed Bourbon Balls it created in 1938.
Monday, April 24, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Not the great showman P. T. Barnum, but H. L. Barnum (another of the vast Conn. family), lived in Cincinnati in 1831 when he compiled the 400 page Family Receipts, including an egg and boiling tea substitute for milk.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Hot Cross Buns stored for a year? Cornish folklore- "In some of our farmhouses the Good Friday cake may be seen hanging to the bacon-rack, slowly diminishing..." Poor Robin's Almanack of 1753 noted it would not get moldy and was used to cure illnesses in humans and farm animals.
Monday, April 3, 2017
It is very interesting, to those of us raised accepting a bunny delivered Easter eggs, that writers outside of Germany and the German areas of the US were perplexed by the tradition. And surprised by the egg hunt. The following excerpts and sketches from an 1878 article also show the range of chocolate or sugared figures far exceed our chocolate bunnies and eggs...
Monday, March 27, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
Monday, March 13, 2017
"Persons can do few more silly or injurious things than to sprinkle salt upon snow before their doors. The result is to change dry snow or ice at the temperature of 32°, to brine at 0°. So low a temperature affecting the feet of passengers is a prolific source of colds. If, then, any one does sprinkle salt upon snow in the street, he ought to feel it a matter of conscience to sweep it away immediately."
Monday, March 6, 2017
Monday, February 27, 2017
The following excerpt from 1827 describes "the incessant bawling of" street vendors to the annoyance of those "who have not the happiness to be deaf." From the "muffin man's little bell," the bakers barking dogs, to a "stentorian bawler" for beer bottles until "the characters thicken, and tenfold cries distract the worried ear."
Monday, February 13, 2017
The little dogs under the cart to the left, did not pull the cart, but would protect the contents by wildly barking while the baker delivered his bread. The image is by the British artist WH Pyne, 1827 and the write up below about terriers in New York is from an 1872 magazine.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Cooking beef on a string. Steuben's "cook of celebrity" couldn't prepare their ration of beef and bread without utensils. He asked their 'wagoner" how to cook the meat and was told "by hanging it up by a string, and turning it before a good fire..."
Monday, January 23, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Cooking and heating needed fuel... and it was very labor intensive for the poor. "In the depth of snow" women and children dragged hacked up stumps, branches or anything the "wood police" allowed.
Monday, January 9, 2017
Monday, January 2, 2017
This year there are conferences/symposiums in Leeds and Oxford, UK; Oxford, Miss; France; Amsterdam. A new exhibit using Getty Institute images "The Edible Monument" is being held in Detroit. For food history in Pennsylvania, an upcoming special issue on food.