Category Archives: Hearth to Hearth

Hearth to Hearth: Fishing

Hearth to Hearth: Fishing – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – April 2004 By Alice Ross The weather is warming, the fish are running, and in the 18th century it would have been the season for fish feasts. These large outdoor community festivals clearly showed that fish were held in great esteem and welcomed as a seasonal […]

Hearth to Hearth: Ice

Hearth to Hearth: Ice – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – February 2004 By Alice Ross In the days when seasons rolled around and one’s life and livelihood changed accordingly, going against Mother Nature was an exciting and privileged thing to do. In the summer heat, a cool drink, ice clinking away, was a welcome treat for […]

Hearth to Hearth: Good Luck and a Happy New Year (in Food)

Hearth to Hearth: Good Luck and a Happy New Year (in Food) – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – January 2004 By Alice Ross Luck hinges on what you believe, what you want, what is uncertain. From time immemorial, and regardless of which culture’s calendar was used, New Year’s Day has always been the time […]

Hearth to Hearth: Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Hearth to Hearth: Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – December 2003 By Alice Ross Mother Goose knew just how precious spices were. Not only were little girls made of “sugar and spice and everything nice,” but “a silver nutmeg and a golden pear” connoted something rare and costly. Whatever the […]

Hearth to Hearth: The American Turkey and Thanksgiving

Hearth to Hearth: The American Turkey and Thanksgiving – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – November 2003 by Alice Ross If there is one food that sets Thanksgiving apart from all other holiday feasts, it must be the turkey. The bird closely tied to the New World and to many tiers of American history, and our culture […]

Hearth to Hearth: Election Cake

Hearth to Hearth: Election Cake – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – October 2003 By Alice Ross The day we go to the polls is possibly the most definitive of America’s special days. From the very first Election Day, just after the War of Independence, we proclaimed our devotion to something that had not appeared in major […]

Hearth to Hearth: Food at the Tavern

Hearth to Hearth: Food at the Tavern – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – September 2003 By Alice Ross Before the current age of entertainment, taverns in the 18th and early 19th centuries were the important social centers of most communities. They provided the men of most communities a place to gather for drinking, celebrations, catching up […]

Hearth to Hearth: The Orchard Harvest Begins

Hearth to Hearth: The Orchard Harvest Begins – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – July/August 2003 by Alice Ross Orchardists work year round for a brief season of plenty. Their success depends on months of pruning, grafting, fertilizing, spraying, keeping down weeds, and replanting. The harvest season (presuming it has not been a disastrous winter) brings a […]

Hearth to Hearth: Getting a Feel for the Eel

Hearth to Hearth: Getting a Feel for the Eel – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – June 2003 by Alice Ross Mention eels today and someone (if not everyone) will make an unpleasant noise. You hear that they look like snakes (nasty) and are slimy (disgusting). Perhaps someone has tasted smoked eel and found it pleasant. Someone […]

Hearth to Hearth: What is a Kitchen?

Hearth to Hearth: What is a Kitchen – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – May 2003 by Alice Ross When is a kitchen not a kitchen? Hard to say. If you look in the dictionaries, they tell you that for over 1,000 years, such English terms as cycene, kycchen, and ketching have meant “the place in a […]