Cooking in Old Creole Days

Each year, the campus library sells off antiquated and withdrawn texts.  This serves two purposes – to generate funds for future purchases, and to give new homes to books that would otherwise sit in silence on a shelf forever.  Most libraries do this, and it’s always interesting to see what books make the cut (to be…

Mad Men

Sunday starts the final episodes of AMC‘s now-legendary series, Mad Men. Even though I’d given up on the show about a season ago (I mean, really – did any of the characters really change?) I’m still sad to see it go, especially since I was such a huge fan when it began.  Mad Men reminded me…

Looking Ahead

Well, 2013 is nearly over, and yet another year is upon us. 

Stuffed Biscuits, 1972

A long time ago – the autumn of 1972, to be exact, my elementary class went to the circus.  We were gone nearly the entire day and the only thing that those teachers thought to bring for three dozen or so first and second-graders were the individual bags of M&Ms – no other food.  When…

Assessing the Great Experiment

I thought that I could master that last vintage meal for March, but between the drama that is work and a few personal issues (including a really irritating visit to my doctor’s office – don’t ask), I wasn’t able to even put together a decent menu, let alone do any cooking.

Vintage Sundays – Lunch, c. 1960

This entry is mid-century.  Truth be told, I’m surprised that it took me this long to get to this point as I like mid-century culture, and it just seemed like a natural that I’d pull out one of those cookbooks and craft some entre that would emote nothing but 1950s Rat Pack style coolness.  Well, let…

Vintage Sundays – Dinner, c. 1940

Apologies for the late update; this week has certainly been a hectic one!  The main reason I didn’t write about Sunday’s meal was that it actually happened on Monday. Still smarting over the letdown of my first venture into large-scale vintage cooking, I decided to play thing a little safer than I’d originally planned.  In…

Vintage Sundays – Dinner, c. 1911

A short time ago I mentioned doing several vintage style meals using vintage cookbooks.  The scheme was that each Sunday this month, I would (barring any problems) prepare a different meal using a book in my collection.  So, for this first entry, I started with a book that’s been of interest to me for a…

Setting A Stage

Okay, seriously – this just blew my mind. The Rivertown Inn in Stillwater, Minnesota, is a literary themed bed and breakfast.  Their website boasts a number of rooms, all thematically arranged for a selected author (or authoress).  The photo on the right, for example, is from their “Agatha Christie” room, and it’s done up to…