Seeking My Creativity Groove

Since I had nothing better to do, I figured that I’d check my bookshelf for that vintage cooking series that I mentioned earlier.  At the very least, I could go through it and see if there was anything worth preparing. The short answer is nope.  Nothing in them that I would cook, let alone eat,…

Feed Me!

I chose not to sleep. Yeah, I know; I didn’t want to throw off my sleep schedule, especially since that’s becoming a joke as it is.  So I stayed up and tackled some of that work I’d been complaining about. 

Manchet, 1615

I’m teaching a course on the Renaissance and Reformation, and aside from looking at slide-shows of art and listening to recordings, there’s not a lot that I can do to enliven my students.  Or is there?

Shrewsbury Pan Biscuits, 1958

A while back, I picked up a copy of the Historical Cookbook of the American Negro (Beacon Press, Boston, 2000).  This book is a reissue of a cookbook originally published by the National Council of Negro Women in 1958.  I don’t recall the reasoning behind the acquisition, except to say that there was a point…

Maestro, If You Please…

Someone recently sold a slew of older movie soundtracks on CD to a local resale shop, so naturally, I had to jump and take my fill. 

A French Surprise

While visiting a local used bookstore today, I came across a volume I’d previously heard of, but had not seen. Specialites de la Maison, published in 1940 by the American Friends of France, is a collection of recipes “written in the first person by Hollywood and Broadway celebrities, artists, socialites, and other noteworthy tastemakers of…

Yeah, I’m Alive

I’ve been terribly amiss in updating my blog, but there’s a reason. The short answer is that I haven’t done much worth reporting. The long version is that this winter has been painfully hard on me.  I fell into a serious funk and it’s been hard breaking away from it.  I’ve come back here a…

Looking Ahead

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

Wheat, Anyone?

I tried those Settlement Biscuits again, but this time using wheat flour.  Nice, but . . . I think I’ll reserve those for special events.  A wheat biscuit isn’t something that I’d have around for casual eating.  Still, it was interesting to try it.  Of course, your mileage may vary . . .

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Plateful of Biscuits

I want to wish everyone out there a Merry Christmas (or, if you don’t celebrate, a Happy Holiday season)! It’s been a short while since I’ve posted, but that’s because of the hustle-and-bustle of the season. Now that it’s pretty much over, I’m hoping to turn an eye back towards cooking and visiting antique stores. …

On The Air

I am the Whistler and I know many things for I walk by night.  I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows.  Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak! This is the introduction to what was, in my opinon,…

Bad Mead

Remember the Digby Mead that I started about eight months ago? I hadn’t talked about it since late last year because all I could do was let it age.  The key problem, as noted then, is that I’d failed to properly adjust the amount of water that the mead required; there was too much and…