Going Hunting Ep 1

New experiments with shooting videos on the road.  I discovered it’s a little awkward on a very busy day in an antique mall.  Especially if I want to narrate. I can understand why other youtubers add a voice over later.   This was a visit to the Waterfront Flea Market in Brunswick, Maine.   I rarely go more »

I bought this 1984 SteelBelted Cooler new and since then it has accumulated a lot of mileage.  The dents and rust are part of its character and don’t affect its function.  On other coolers of this type I have replaced the hinges and handles, even replacement locking mechanisms are available on ebay and from the more »

I picked up these pans last week for $1 dollar each.  I had just made fudge and these had all the scoring of making many batches of fudge.  I have been wanting to break them in but chose not to do it with more Fudge.  These 8″x8″x1″ pans were probably french tart pans.  I am more »

I finally got my hands on this 1899 S Sternau Chafing Dish I have had my eye on.  Not only does it have MOST of the pieces, the stand the cover and the waterbath along with the blazer, but I got it for a literal steal.  The Ebay seller must have had it hanging around more »

While crawling around the chafing dish rabbit hole, I stumbled over something I had never seen before. In the chapter on chafing dish cooking in Fammie Farmer’s 1896 edition of the Boston Cooking School Cook Book, she makes a throwaway mention: ” The Davy Toaster may be used over the chafing dish for toasting and more »

Motorcars and picnic sets go together like tea and toast!  Why let the Edwardians have all the fun.  No more fast food meals.  Eat hot food like a person.  Boil some water, make some toast, have a sandwich.  In this video I cover all the basics for putting together a travel picnic kit you can more »

My friend Don Lindgren from Rabelais – Fine Books on Food & Drink made an offhanded comment in conversation about why chaffing dishes and their attendent cookbooks were so popular from about 1880s – 1920s or so.  Basically the US population had begun migrating from central family structures into the cities where the college dorms, rooming more »

Tea and Toast Picnic

After a long summer with no road tripping, I broke out my picnic kit anyway.  The new old sterno stove works well with my alcohol stove.    My GSI Toaster also works great.   GSI Folding Toaster  Coghlan’s Folding Camp Stove Brass Alcohol Stove

This 8″x8″ folding stove caught my attention. It has a brass plate on it from S. Sternau & Co. NY, Sterno Canned Heat Kitchenette No. 4041. and the upper range for it seems to date from 1917/18, but I can’t seem to find an exact date for it. It is in terribly good condition, but more »

Another subset of my cookbook collection turns out to be books and pamphlets with sardine recipes.   About half the readers just made a face.  At some point towards the end of the 20th century, the idea of eating Sardines took on a distasteful image in the media and the mind of many Americans. I can’t more »