Saturday, January 9, 2010

my new adventure

I am a lover of cookbooks.
I enjoy reading them and looking at the pictures.  I could just sit and read a cook book like someone would read a magazine.
A couple years ago I went to an estate sale and picked up a few old cook books from the 50s, I would look at them and admire the colors, and the use of food. Seriously, they use green olives IN EVERYTHING, whether it was a dessert or main course, it had green olives in it.  And I also noticed.....
I was just fascinated!
So I bought a few more books at antique shops and my mom actually got in on it and started buying them too for me when she saw them.  And behold....without even thinking about it, I have started my collection of old cook books!
So a few days ago, I went to one of my favorite antique shops....yes, I visit them quite often....and stumbled across what I think is a treasure!
A first edition Good Housekeeping cook book! From, get this, 19 freaking 03! that's right! 1903! I couldn't believe what I was holding.  A 107 year old cookbook.
So I opened it up and what did I find?!?!?! Not only some great recipes but HAND WRITTEN family recipes! what??? lots of them! Salad dressings, doughnuts, cookies, cakes, all up my alley!
so I bought it.
I have spent the last 3 days going through it over and over and admiring how simple everything is. Also, how they used EVERYTHING there was no throwing out the egg white or would simply make the yolk into a sauce or the white into a meringue....whether it went with the original recipe or not!
I also loved that nothing had a temp to put your stove at, or actual measurement. Because for one: they were still using gas and coal stoves, and second: everything was measured as a heaping Tablespoon or a handful of sugar, lol. LOVE IT!
I also have 3 Boston Cooking School Magazines from 1910 and they are just FULL of ads from 100 years ago.  For Heinz Ketchup, Welch's Grape juice, Eagle Brand milk. And a lot of crazy contraptions saying they help you lose weight, nylons that have a 4 month warranty and that your dog can't even eat them, and lots of ads for LARD.
So back to the name of my post.
My new adventure.
My friend asked me if I had ever tried any of the recipes.........Why no I haven't...........never really thought about it!
But now I am going to.
Especially the ones in my oldest cookbooks. I want to taste what they tasted and see what they saw.  Is that weird?
I also want to have a huge jello mold party that is only jello molds........without the green olives though because I can't stand them!
So hopefully I will do a recipe once a week (can't promise anything) and post about it. 
So here I go on my adventure!
**Dont you want some of these wonderful molded dinners? Me neither...**


Blogger Matt 'n Erin said...

Molds? Gross!

Glad you're back

January 9, 2010 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

Hey your back, love it.

January 9, 2010 at 9:42 PM  
Blogger lovely lindsay said...

this is so cool! i would love to sneak a peek! love, lindsay

January 9, 2010 at 11:22 PM  
Blogger emily j said...

Hey have you seen the movie Julie and Julia? I really liked it, and your post reminds me of the storyline. And tell James he should watch it with you - Keith said it wasn't as bad as he thought it would be, for being a chick flick :)

January 10, 2010 at 1:33 PM  

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