A subset of my cookbook collection are British cookbooks of a certain vintage. The UK post war economy grew much slower than the US economy, as rationing continued into the 50s, sugar and butter didn’t end until 53 and 54. Frugality in British cookbooks was a selling feature, whereas in post war American cookbooks it more »

I simply can’t remember where I found this charming little bread knife…though know I didn’t pay much for it. I can’t pin down the exact date, but I am pretty certain it’s at least 100 years old. The remarkable thing is that the bolster and blade are still tight in the handle. It was also more »

My mother asked me for a ice cream disher but the new ones aren’t a patch on the vintage ones. So I picked up a couple of the old style Hamilton Beach soda fountain dishers. One of them needed a little paint and polish to bring it back into the ice cream ball game. Sadly more »

I found this blackened earthenware dish hiding in a corner of an antique shop. It screamed rescue me. And it took almost not time at all to turn it from a eyestore into the centerpiece of my bread baking universe. It is surprising what you can do with a little baking soda, a nail brush more »

When I picked up this Kitchenaid 3.5 qt Dutch Oven it had this cast on the finish. None of my LeCruset or other Enameled cast iron had every developed this.   When I researched it, I didn’t find anything that addressed this singular issue. I do think it was caused by repeatedly putting it in the more »

I have had this dear little painted recipe box for ages. Unfortunately it has a layer of grime over it’s green finish. How to clean that layer off without harming the paint or the decal turned out to be surprisingly easy. Using clean dishcloths and a little baking soda and water, the grime was easily more »

I picked up this Cartson Pewter (Freeport Pennsylvania) Pewter charger (that’s the underplate for a dinner plate) and it had this stubborn stain on it. Pewter is metal alloy, traditionally composed of 85–99% tin and is not as reactive a metal as aluminum. The stain survived quite a bit of washing, even some elbow grease more »

The Jacob Bromwell Flour sifter – iconic, insanely perfectly designed device. So perfect in fact, it has 100 imitators. Invented in 1926 by Thomas G Melish for the Bromwell Wire Goods Company, it is still being made in Indiana today by the Jacob Bromwell company. Although a flour sifter is no longer a required item more »

I picked up this table top clam shucker last week for a couple of bucks. This particular design invented by Kevin Frieswick in 2004  is still being sold, but from what the reviews tell me, the new ones are being made with less care than this one. This is a nice sturdy hardwood and firmly more »

I revisited the 1894 Rhubarb Pie Experiments, with great results. Because of the length of cooking time and the meringue top, I am sticking with the foil pie shields but I may have to invent some reusable ones for these tins.  BTW I find that once seasoned, I don’t have to add any more grease more »