In Sweden, the oldest daughter in the family wears a wreath of candles on her head and serves breakfast ... then the family goes back to bed. In the 'old calendar' the day fell on the shortest day of the year.
Monday, December 11, 2017
Monday, December 4, 2017
In Germany and Pennsylvania Dutch areas, Belsnickel or Pelznichel appeared on Dec.6 - the Saint's day of Saint Nicholas. He carried a rod and wore a scary disguise, with jingling bells and clanging chains... not a jolly Santa Claus.
Monday, November 27, 2017
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017
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Monday, October 16, 2017
The melon cannot be eaten unprocessed but when cooked in sugar water it is candied and used in cakes, puddings, mincemeat, green custard; it's pectin will help other fruit jellies; a substitute for applesauce or pie/tarts filling; or pickled like watermelon rind.
Monday, October 9, 2017
A little dog - the turnspit dog - ran inside the wheel high on the wall which turned the spit in front of the fire. The turn-spit was mentioned in a 1601 inventory (dog-wheell). Several early quotes from 17th through 19th century writings.
Monday, October 2, 2017
Monday, September 25, 2017
Schnitz are slices of apples placed on drying racks then put in a slack brick bake oven. People could gather for 'apple cuts' parties, or in a building such as the Schnitz House. The dried apples were stored in rye baskets in the Lancaster, Pa. area and prepared in pies or Schnitz un Knepp.
Monday, September 18, 2017
The Seckel pear, the "finest pear," had a celebrated ‘original tree’ on Seckel’s farm, later part of the Stephen Girard estate, south of Philly. The tree was said to have been found in the 1760s, survived for decades and was even pictured in magazines.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Nature’s Own Book 1835 (27 recipes in 9 of the 84 pages) and her 1848 A Treatise on Vegetable Diet (60 recipes in 10 of the pages).
Monday, September 4, 2017
Monday, August 28, 2017
Monday, August 21, 2017
Mary Randolph's Virginia Housewife, first published in 1824, included many ice cream recipes - peach, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, cocoa nut, iced jelly, strawberry, raspberries, lemonade iced, citron melon, almond and... oyster.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Standing in water for hours pushing their nets ahead of them in the sand, the picturesque Shrimpers captured the shrimp and/or prawns. When prepared, the shrimp formed "a delightful show, their brilliant red coats being garnished with green parsley." From Pyne's 1827 book.
Monday, August 7, 2017
In a previous post - 7 years ago, (when this post was written, oops) - HERE, I discussed 19th century 'summer kitchens'. In the 18th century they were called 'out kitchens', or just 'kitchens'. The reason for the detached kitchens? - to keep homes "...more cool and Sweet" and "...because the Smell of hot Victuals, offensive in the hot Weather."