Category Archives: Recipes/Food

Table Crumber

Table Crumber

Surely you didn’t think a butler or diner would brush fallen bread crumbs off the bleached white tablecloth onto the floor? Perish the thought! Instead, some clever person invented the table crumber, or simply, the crumber. The crumber came in many forms: a small brush and pan, a tiny brush on its own (which sweeps crumbs… CONTINUE READING…

Cadbury Chocolate Easter Eggs

Cadbury Chocolate Easter Eggs

The original molded CHOCOLATE EASTER EGG was the product of candy company competition and one man’s dedication to the Quaker philosophy of helping the community. In 1824, John Cadbury opened a small shop in Birmingham, England, specializing in a variety of drinks, including tea, coffee, and drinking chocolate. He was quite successful, particularly with the… CONTINUE READING…

Simnel Cake ~ an Easter classic

Simnel Cake ~ an Easter classic

Simnel cake is a light and airy fruitcake widely eaten in the United Kingdom, Ireland and other countries with patterns of migration from them, associated with Lent and Easter. It is distinguished by layers of almond paste or marzipan, typically one in the middle and one on top, and a set of eleven balls made of the same paste. It was originally made… CONTINUE READING…

Pease Pudding or Pease Porridge

Pease Pudding or Pease Porridge

Pease-pudding hot, Pease-pudding cold, Pease-pudding in the pot, Nine days old; Some like it hot, Some like it cold, Some like it in the pot, Nine days old. Included in James Orchard Halliwell’s 1846 publication The Nursery Rhymes of England as a clapping game, the precise origin of the “Pease Pudding Hot” rhyme is unknown.… CONTINUE READING…

Nutmeg, and Nutmeg Graters

Nutmeg, and Nutmeg Graters

A nutmeg grater, or nutmeg rasp, is a device used to grate a nutmeg seed. Okay, simple enough, but why were they designed so fancy? And what was the big deal about nutmeg anyway? A common spice today, nutmeg was once a luxury. The Myristica fragrans tree from which the seed is taken originated on a tiny… CONTINUE READING…

Sweetheart Candy ~ How they came to be.

Sweetheart Candy ~ How they came to be.

Conversation hearts, Necco hearts, candy hearts, Sweethearts — there are many names applied to these tiny heart-shaped chunks of candy stamped with short love-themed messages. Not everyone is a fan, Sweethearts ranked up there with Candy Corn and marshmallow Peeps for heated debates between the lovers and haters. Yet no matter where one falls on… CONTINUE READING…

Jellied Eels… Yum! (?)

Jellied Eels… Yum! (?)

In the 1700s, the Thames River in London was replete with eels. Surprisingly easy to catch, these slippery creatures were free for the grabbing, nutritious, and tasty. Nets were set upriver, and the bountiful harvests quickly became a dietary staple for London’s poor. On top of being cheap, they were easy to prepare. The simplest… CONTINUE READING…

Thanksgiving in the United States

Thanksgiving in the United States

Because I’ve written so many blogs about this fabulous and unique American holiday, I am not going crazy re-posting them separately. Instead, here are links to those past blogs, which cover everything from trivia, games to entertain during the holiday, recipes, and of course the history of Thanksgiving Day itself. If interested, click the links… CONTINUE READING…

Timeless Recipe: Lemmon Cream

Timeless Recipe: Lemmon Cream

Inspired by my post on Tuesday uncovering the history of lemons and limes, I went searching for old recipes and stumbled across a great website: Cooking in the Archives  A search of the site revealed no recipes featuring limes but a total of six with lemon as a main ingredient. I will only share one… CONTINUE READING…

Lemons and Limes

Lemons and Limes

While preparing the latest Vocabulary Rocks! edition for the letter L — read that blog HERE – I was fascinated by the histories of these common citrus fruits. Rather than go into depth on a vocabulary blog when there are so many other interesting L words, I decided to devote a whole article to these… CONTINUE READING…

Autumn Beverages, hot and cold

Autumn Beverages, hot and cold

Over the years I have posted multiple blogs containing recipes for cold weather drinks, both hot and chilled. Listed below are links to previous beverage-related blogs, some of which contain histories of these drinks. For today, I again scoured through Pinterest for unique beverages that fit into the autumn season. Of course, pumpkin flavored drinks… CONTINUE READING…

Butter Molds and Butter Stamps

Butter Molds and Butter Stamps

The main objective in keeping cows was to supply the needs of the family for milk and butter. Butter was produced as an essential in the diet of most people, the art of making butter, therefore, originating in the home. Not until well into the 19th century was butter commercially produced by large dairies. Prior… CONTINUE READING…

Sweet Autumn Recipes

Sweet Autumn Recipes

Continuing from Tuesday’s post with savory recipes for the autumn season, here are an assortment of recipes for the sweet tooth. Naturally, pumpkin tends to rule as an ingredient for autumn desserts but don’t forget it is also the season for nuts, cranberries, and late ripening berries. Finding recipes to fit a harvest theme dinner… CONTINUE READING…