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 »


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 »

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 »

Join me for a Fourth of July Lobster Boil, here in my backyard in Portland, Maine. Warning, there will be graphic depiction of crustation carnage and mollusc mayhem. Into this vintage enamelware lobster pot, I cook up some Maine grown corn on the cob, Maine Lobsters and some locally collected Softshell Steamer Clams. While I 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 »