A 1919 Housewife’s Chore List for July

The specifics are a little different in 2022, but on the whole, things haven’t changed a lot in the past 100+ years. We still prefer lighter, fresher meals cooked outside in hot weather, there’s an abundance of produce that needs preserving, end-of-summer sales are a good time to stock up, and in spite of air…

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How to Make Kombucha Without a SCOBY

There are SO many decisions to make when you’re moving, trying to decide what is worth packing and hauling and what is better left behind. When I moved to Texas last year, I made a last-minute decision to keep my kombucha SCOBY, not wanting to toss a faithful friend to the curb. I put it…

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Observations of World War I Cooking–Still Useful for Today

Go back to the simple life, be contented with simple food, simple pleasures, simple clothes. Work hard, pray hard, play hard. Work, eat, recreate, and sleep. Do it all courageously. ~Herbert Hoover, US Food Administration in World War I I’m one of those people who read cookbooks from cover to cover, especially old ones, just…

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The Fireless Cooker, a Non-Electric Slow Cooker

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The fireless cooker. I came across the concept awhile ago and it had me curious. Basically, it’s the original slow cooker, a non-electric way to cook meals while conserving fuel. It was invented in the 1800s but reached the height of its popularity in the early 1900s, until it was replaced by electrical appliances. There…

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