I confess I am terrible about taking BEFORE pictures. Even when I take them I manage to lose them. I KNOW I took pictures of these plates they day I bought them, but they have slipped through my fingers. These 19th century cake plates are ‘soft paste’ porcelain, which is basically a cheap porcelain, think more »

I love a wooden handled nail brush in the bathroom. I also like a nice little vegetable brush, and a pot scrubbing brush and so forth. I have never found a plastic handled brush which sat in the hand as comfortably as a wooden handled one. My experiences with wooden handled brushes have been highly more »

During my research I stumbled upon a question someone posted online which sort of blew my mind:  “I’ve always been a running water dish-washer….I learned that some dish soaps are formulated for the sink full of sudsy water method.  How does this work, sink full of sudsy water? “Which led me down another rabbit hole, could there more »

We’ve all seen this. Someone has the bright idea to spray a piece of aluminum cookware with oven cleaner. Well in all but the worst cases it can be repaired. I picked up this Wearever pan for $1 because someone had given it the oven cleaner treatment and then donated it. As an object lesson more »

I picked this ladle and chan (think food shovel) out of a thriftstore .99 tub, their handles were loose as anything but it saves me from having to buy new ones in the Asian market.  I have become attached to using Gorilla Glue to repair unglued handles. Unlike PVA and other acrylic glues which shrink more »

When I suggested to my friend Don Lindgren, owner of Rabelais: Fine Books on Food and Drink in Biddeford, that we put in a rack of vintage and lightly used kitchenware, I really didn’t think he would go for it. He already has an extensive array of antique kitchenware for display and a copper vessel more »

Normally I go nowhere the weekend after Thanksgiving, but this year I had a houseguest and we hit all the area hot spots for antiquing and used books. On Small Business Saturday we visited Rabelais Fine Books on Food and Drink in Biddeford Maine and then zipped over to DeWolfe and Wood Rare Books in 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 »

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 »