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 »

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 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 »