Friday, March 18, 2016

The Ansonia Sunwatch & Instructions



     It's a rare day I come across an ad for something I actually own, especially when it's as rare as this gem.  The Sunwatch is a pocket sundial with a compass to orient yourself properly with the sun.  I just happen to have found one of these when I was cleaning out my dad's house and as far as I know, it belonged to my grandfather.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Oven Roasted Pork Shoulder


     Roasted pork has been around ever since we started killing wild boars in the forest in the dim beginnings of humanity so in that sense this is a "vintage" recipe but for our purposes here this recipe is all my own.  It is based on a Filipino recipe called Lechon sa Hurno which translates into "roasted in the oven".  It's a home based version of the popular party centerpiece Lechon Baboy or roasted pig where a whole pig is gutted and roasted for hours on a spit over an open fire.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Harley's Sandwich Shop Tuna Salad & a Double TT Diner Club



     Harley's Sandwich Shops were a landmark in Baltimore from the 1940's to the 1980's when they were bought up by Shane's.  I was really young when this happened, maybe 8 or 10 years old but I do remember the couple times I went with my grandparents to Harley's.  He was well known for his subs and his burgers simmered in a secret sauce, a recipe I'll get to another time, but it was his jazz show on local Baltimore radio that really made him famous.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Baltimore Harley's Sandwich Shop Burger


      I won't go through the history of the Harley's Sandwich Shop chain as I will explain it all in the Tuna Salad recipe on Friday, just suffice it to say that Harley's was THE fast food chain in Baltimore long before Gino's and McDonald's.  Harley's restaurants were open all night and so were a favorite of the night shift crowd and police officers.  These burgers were always simmering in Harley's secret sauce ready to be served to hungry customers.

Monday, March 7, 2016

The First Efficient Lightbulb


     The light bulb has gone through many incarnations throughout it's lifetime from the early carbon filament Edison Bulbs up to the curly fry CFL bulbs we have today.  Those who know me know that I have no love for either CFL's or LED bulbs for various reasons I don't feel like getting into today.  I'm here to talk about the Mazda bulb, the first energy efficient bulb.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

1924 Fish Florentine Recipe



     This recipe comes from a 1924 edition of "Recipes For Everyday", a publication that was available though Crisco.  As you can imagine, Crisco is an ingredient in all of the recipes.  Now I don't have anything against Crisco, I use it when baking cakes because there really isn't a substitute but I don't want to eat it in everything everyday.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Ad: 1905 Tabasco Sauce


     Ah Tabasco Sauce, love it or hate it, it's been around since just after the Civil War.  This fiery pepper sauce is the backbone of Louisiana cuisine and graces tables all over the world.  So what are the beginnings of this iconic brand?

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Chicken Soup Recipe, Depression Era


     I've tried many ways of making chicken soup over the years and while they were all good they weren't fantastic I was always looking for something else.  This started as a research project into Depression Era cooking.  One of things that Herbert Hoover promised as president was "A chicken in every pot" and there's a reason for this, chicken was expensive, especially young chickens.  Chickens were kept for laying eggs and after 5 years when they stopped laying that's when they ended up as dinner.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Dragon's Blood Sauce


I posted before about how I had some business cards printed up for the blog.  These were mainly for use at work where I could give them to customers in need of a recipe.  Since I had them printed I think I've given out about 100 of them so far and I hope that at least some of the people I gave them to found this site helpful in their kitchen endeavors.  The handing out of business cards has reaped other benefits though.  I came to have a nice talk about vintage recipes with a couple of wonderful ladies and in the course of conversation the one lady who was visiting from up north stated how she had these old cookbooks and she would love to give them to me to help me with the blog.  Fantastic!  I love old cookbooks and according to her they were church compiled cookbooks which is even better because they often comprise of family recipes that are much better than the advertiser recipes I usually deal with on here.

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