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Prima Colazione (Breakfast) in Milano via Instagram

September 7th, 2018 Comments off

Historical Cooking Books: Six little cooks, or, Aunt Jane’s cooking class by E. S. (Elizabeth Stansbury) Kirkland – 13 in a series

September 2nd, 2018 Comments off

Archive.org has a host of old cookery books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these books. I’ll be sharing more books as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas


Historical Cooking Books: Six little cooks, or, Aunt Jane’s cooking class by E. S. (Elizabeth Stansbury) Kirkland – 13 in a series

Six little cooks

Historical Cooking Books: Six little cooks, or, Aunt Jane's cooking class by  E. S. (Elizabeth Stansbury) Kirkland - 12 in a seriesHistorical Cooking Books: Six little cooks, or, Aunt Jane's cooking class by  E. S. (Elizabeth Stansbury) Kirkland - 12 in a series

Want a print copy of “Six Little Cooks”? There is a reprint available on Amazon and perhaps at your local library!

FIRST DAY

“Oh, Annt Jane,” said Grace, looking up quickly from the story-book she was reading, ” I wish you would teach us all how to cook! “

But here am I, the author, plunging at once into the middle of my story without a word of explanation, not even a preface. Of course, no one can understand anything about it unless I go back a little, and tell you how it began.

Aunt Jane had come to make a visit to Mrs. Yernon, Grace’s motlier, and had brought her own little girl. Amy, to spend the vacation. Next door lived Edith Lane, a very intimate friend of both the girls, and just across the street, Rose and Jessie Carroll, Grace’s cousins; and these five, witli little Mabel Vernon, made a happy company who were almost always together. Mabel was just nine years old, and the others were from ten to twelve, so there was not difference enough in their ages to prevent their being the best of playmates.

Well — as I began to say, Grace was reading about a wonderful little girl who made such remarkable things in the way of cakes and puddings, that our . young person was seized with a desire to do likewise without delay. Aunt Jane was the kindest of aunts and the best of cooks, and Grace knew that if she would take the trouble to teach them, they would be well taught.

“I should like that of all things,” said she, in answer to Grace’s exclamation, “provided your mother consents.”

“Oh, she’d be perfectly delighted,” cried Grace; “she often says she wishes she had time to teach us herself.”

“Very well, then; run and ask her if we may begin this afternoon.”

“And can’t Rose and Jessie and Edith come too?” inquired Grace eagerly. “They all want to learn, just as much as I do.”

“Not quite so fast,” said Aunt Jane, smiling. ” Suppose we begin with those in the house first, and if it works well we can invite the others afterwards.”


 

And now there is one thing more I should like to have you do. Bring a little blank book, in which you can write down the recipes we try, and if any of them should prove not to be good, we’ll cross them off without mercy.”

The book was quickly brought, and Grace wrote down from her aunt’s dictation, as follows:

No. 1. — Susan’s Cake.

Three cups flour, two of sugar, two-thirds of a cup of butter, one cup of sour milk, three eggs, one teaspoonful soda, two of cream tartar. Two cups seeded raisins, or one of well- washed currants, added, makes a delicious fruit cake. 


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Publication date 1877
Topics Cookery,cbk
Publisher Chicago : Jansen, McClurg
Collection europeanlibraries
Digitizing sponsor Google
Book from the collections of Harvard University
Language English

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Going all out on Sicilian styling via Instagram

August 31st, 2018 Comments off

Historical Cooking Books: Willy Lou’s house book; a collection of proved recipes, hints and suggestions for practical cooking, housekeeping and housewifery by Charlotte Amelia Cheesebro Hough, (1913) – 12 in a series

August 26th, 2018 Comments off

Archive.org has a host of old cookery books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these books. I’ll be sharing more books as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas


Historical Cooking Books: Willy Lou’s house book; a collection of proved recipes, hints and suggestions for practical cooking, housekeeping and housewifery by Charlotte Amelia Cheesebro Hough, (1913) – 12 in a series

Historical Cooking Books: Willy Lou's house book; a collection of proved recipes, hints and suggestions for practical cooking, housekeeping and housewifery by Charlotte Amelia Cheesebro Hough,  (1913) - 12 in a seriesHistorical Cooking Books: Willy Lou's house book; a collection of proved recipes, hints and suggestions for practical cooking, housekeeping and housewifery by Charlotte Amelia Cheesebro Hough,  (1913) - 12 in a series

Historical Cooking Books: Willy Lou's house book; a collection of proved recipes, hints and suggestions for practical cooking, housekeeping and housewifery by Charlotte Amelia Cheesebro Hough,  (1913) - 12 in a seriesHistorical Cooking Books: Willy Lou's house book; a collection of proved recipes, hints and suggestions for practical cooking, housekeeping and housewifery by Charlotte Amelia Cheesebro Hough,  (1913) - 12 in a series

INTRODUCTION

To My Readers:

I have tried all the recipes and the suggestions given in this book. Some of them I originated, many came from friends, a few from cooks whom I have employed. It was my wish to make a practical little book for housekeepers, because when I was a young housekeeper, just beginning, I would have been glad to have such an aid in doing things that now seem easy and simple. Nor does any housekeeper ever learn it all. If my book shall prove a sort of exchange of housekeeping wisdom, I hope you will call me your friend.

WILLY LOU.


 

Baking Powder Biscuit

One quart of flour and two teaspoonfuls of
baking powder, one-half teaspoon ful of salt, one
tablespoonful of lard, one large cup of sour cream
in which one-half teaspoonful of soda has been
stirred. Mix all together thoroughly and roll
out, cut with a small cutter, bake in a quick oven
twenty to thirty minutes.

 


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Publication date 1913
Publisher Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill Co
Collection cornellamericana
Digitizing sponsor MSN
Contributor usage rights See terms
Language English
 
 

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In The Kitchen: Whynter ICM-200LS Stainless Steel Ice Cream Maker, 2.1-Quart

August 24th, 2018 Comments off

Whynter ICM-200LS Stainless Steel Ice Cream Maker, 2.1-Quart

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I was more than a bit envious the other day when I found out a good friend had picked up this gem of a kitchen appliance on a recent sale. While I have an ice cream bowl attachment for my KitchenAid mixer, this all-in-one unit brings a level of convenience that is completely ridiculous.

One big advantage is you don’t have to remember to freeze your mixing bowl ahead of time. Lack of memory and lack of space in my freezer makes it nearly impossible to mix up a batch on the spur of the moment. Oh to be so lucky to mix up the ingredients, throw it in the freezer and have a lovely dessert just an hour later.

Some ice cream makers are a bit loud, but this one is well below the level of conversation so it doesn’t require you to shout over it if you’re in the kitchen. You don’t even notice it in the next room until the timer alarm goes off telling you the batch is done.

While certainly not a need for everyone, if you entertain regularly or make up batches of ice cream to give away in the summer, this could be an excellent tool for you.

Product Details

Take on dessert making like never before! Make delicious homemade ice cream that you can fully customize to taste with the Whynter ICM-200LS 2.1 Quart Ice Cream Maker. Incredibly easy to use, you can create delicious ice cream, rich creamy gelato and sorbet all in the comfort of your own home. Ideal for entertaining, this high capacity unit makes up to two quarts of your favorite frozen dessert in a single batch. Our full featured ice-cream maker offers premium functions not available in budget ice cream makers. A built-in powerful compressor freezer allows for continuous use without the inconvenience of having to pre-freeze the mixing bowl. Not only is it so much easier, it also tastes a whole lot better. The Whynter ICM-200LS features an Extended Cooling function that prevents the mixture from melting and a Motor Protection function that stops the motor from churning to prevent overheating or damage to the motor when the mixture becomes solid. This unit also includes an electronic timer, ice cream scoop and easy-to-follow recipe guide. The sleek stainless steel exterior and soft touch LCD control panel will accent any kitchen counter. This will quickly become your new best friend. You will never again have to wait hours or take up freezer space before being able to make your favorite frozen dessert. This unit includes an electronic timer, temperature display, ice cream scoop and we’ll even send you some secret recipes on request!.

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Some lovely (and authentic) Sicilian Table styling via My Instagram

August 23rd, 2018 Comments off

A kicked up avocado toast from brunch at Farm Table via Instagram

August 19th, 2018 Comments off

Saturday Brunch at Farm Table via Instagram

August 19th, 2018 Comments off

Historical Cooking Books: One thousand and one useful recipes and valuable hints about cooking and housekeeping by X.L. Ewell’s Dairy Bottled Milk Company (Circa 1809) – 11 in a series

August 19th, 2018 Comments off

Archive.org has a host of old cookery books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these books. I’ll be sharing more books as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas


Historical Cooking Books: One thousand and one useful recipes and valuable hints about cooking and housekeeping by X.L. Ewell’s Dairy Bottled Milk Company (Circa 1809) – 11 in a series

Historical Cooking Books: One thousand and one useful recipes and valuable hints about cooking and housekeeping by  X.L. Ewell's Dairy Bottled Milk Company (Circa 1809) - 11 in a seriesHistorical Cooking Books: One thousand and one useful recipes and valuable hints about cooking and housekeeping by  X.L. Ewell's Dairy Bottled Milk Company (Circa 1809) - 11 in a series

Historical Cooking Books: One thousand and one useful recipes and valuable hints about cooking and housekeeping by  X.L. Ewell's Dairy Bottled Milk Company (Circa 1809) - 11 in a seriesHistorical Cooking Books: One thousand and one useful recipes and valuable hints about cooking and housekeeping by  X.L. Ewell's Dairy Bottled Milk Company (Circa 1809) - 11 in a series

History of the Business

(As Compiled from Data of Record by the Undersigned)

Nothing was further from Mr. Ewell’s thoughts than going into the milk business when, many years ago, he loaned a rela- tive and friend some money to engage in the business. Their subsequent failure forced him to take the business to secure himself. Becoming interested after a little experience, Mr. Ewell soon found out, what few people knew, viz. : That but a small proportion of the milk sold in this city is absolutely pure, and the idea occurred to him that a large and profitable business might be built up by furnishing such an article. Not knowing the meaning of the word fail, he commenced experi- menting. Starting with the idea that young, healthy cows, with plenty of good, wholesome food, fresh air, pure water, .good pasture and proper treatment, would produce the best milk, and having all these requisites to start with, at his 800- acre ranch, seven miles from the city, on the San Bruno road, Mr. Ewell for years experimented with all kinds of feed (for be it known that good pasture alone does not produce the rich- est milk, as most every one thinks), both ground and dry, his experience teaching him finally that cooked food gave better results than dry, and that corn, wheat, Egyptian corn, bran, peas, beans, broomcorn seed and middlings, in their seasons, in various combinations, cooked to the consistency of mush, with plenty of squash when in season, cut fine and fed green, giving a cow all she can eat twice a day, with plenty of good Bur clover hay for a change, is the best. This liberal feeding, with good pasture, has enabled Mr. Ewell to produce a milk richer and superior to the production of any other dairy, as the analysis of two of the most prominent analytical chemists of this city (which will be given hereafter) will sufficiently demonstrate, their samples being taken at their own volition, at widely different dates.

Having satisfied himself as to the quality of his milk, Mr. Ewell took for his motto :

“The Purest and Best in the World”


Mashed Potatoes.

Old potatoes, when unfit for plain boiling, may be mashed; take off all the
skin and imperfections, and lay them in cold water for one hour; then put
them into a stew-pan with a teaspoon of salt. Cover with cold water and let
them boil for half an hour; take them up with a skimmer into a wooden bowl
and mash them fine. Melt a piece of butter the size of an egg into half a pint
of EWELL’S X. L. DAIRY BOTTLED MILK; mix it with the mashed pota-
toes until it is thoroughly smooth. The quantity of milk must be in proportion
to the quantity of potatoes.

Mashed potatoes may be made a highly ornamental dish. After shaping
it as taste may direct, turn the edge of the plate with a wreath of celery leaves
or green parsley.


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Publication date [1890?]
Publisher San Francisco : Dutton & Partridge
Collection cdlamericana
Digitizing sponsor MSN
Language English
 

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In The Kitchen: Creative Co-op Square Stoneware Plate – Chickens

August 16th, 2018 Comments off

Our friends invited us over for dinner the other night where they used these cute plates. I was immediately taken with them as asked her where she got them.

Creative Co-opSquare Stoneware Plate – Set of 4

In The Kitchen: Creative Co-op Square Stoneware Plate - Chickens

I loved the designs and especially the vocalizations spelled out on each. Ok, so I’m weird, but it gave each chicken a certain personality.

Out friend, Sarah, had found these at Nordstrom Rack, which seems to indicate that they are a clearance item. Sure enough, I couldn’t locate them anywhere else, so if you want a set, you should probably act quickly.

While poking around on the site, I also found these smaller cute cat plates and larger plats with bird art. They also stood out to me and I might end up with these instead of, or as well as, the chickens.

Cats With Birds And Plants White 5 x 5 Stoneware Decorative Square Plates, Set of 4

Creative plates cats

Creative Co-Op 8″ Square Stoneware Plates with Birds, Set of 4

Creative birds

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