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