I am fascinated with this unusual tinned steel pan, I have never seen one this old with straps and rivets instead of lead solder. So the chance to restore it for use was exciting. My best guess is that it was 1880s, as I did find an advert with a strapped frame and rivets instead more »

Still have a bit of rhubarb left, so time to put some in jars. I started with a rhubarb chutney recipe I found but it seemed rather lackluster. So I added cranberries, currants and some apricot I had leftover. Also in there is cinnamon, ginger, cider vinegar and brown sugar. Next time I may only more »

I was over measuring the chicken coop for a new roost, and brought them some rhubarb leaves to snack on. The eggs these ladies provide make the best baked goods. and I thought they should get some screen time.

I salvaged these vintage Boltaware bar trays from my basement where they were languishing post flooding. But before I could use them again for anything they needed a bit of a scrub and buff. They are such an awkward shape, that they always live in the gap next to the fridge so they always need more »

I do realize I am always saying, wipe all the vintage steel items down with mineral oil after you clean it and before you put it away. But caring for old metal ware makes it as important as dish soap. Put the mineral oil in a small spray bottle, any bottle. As soon as the more »

I hadn’t meant to buy another Foley Food Mill, but it seems I am seeing them everywhere.    Though they have been around since 1933 and are still made and sold by Mirro, not many people need or use them anymore, I think their biggest detraction is storage.  It is just such an odd shape. more »

Trigger Warning: bivalves will be killed and eaten for your viewing pleasure…and my lunch. I always buy mussels when I see them, and in Maine we are spoiled for choice. Harbor Fish had lovely Bang Island Mussels, so I had another outdoor feast… all shellfish tastes better outside. Bang Island Mussels are sustainably farmed and more »

I started doing one thing and it led me down a rabbit hole. I don’t collect just for collecting, they have to be something I’m going to reuse whether to make flavored vinegars or oils. This is just a clean up on aisle 9 with this one little bottle. I used some millet and alcohol, more »

Though this Pommery Moutarde de Meaux pot isn’t vintage, the recipe does go back to the 18th century.  It is one of the few ceramic pots or crocks of this shape that turn up in the US.  People here are content to buy their dijon mustard in a plastic bottle. Someone had been using this more »