Category Archives: Hearth to Hearth

Hearth to Hearth: Passover Foods

Hearth to Hearth: Passover Foods – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – April 2002 Passover is for many Jews the best holiday of the year. After more than 5,000 years of recorded history, its celebrations of freedom and the new planting season are as inspiring as one could wish. The ritual seder meals are home based, usually […]

Hearth to Hearth: Braziers and Chafing Dishes

Hearth to Hearth: Braziers and Chafing Dishes – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – March 2002 Chafing dishes are synonymous with luxury. The extravagant banquets of ancient Greece and Rome depended on them for drama at the table; the ruins of Pompeii show the evidence of their status. Some of their aura rose from their association […]

Hearth to Hearth: Cottolene and the Mysterious Disappearance of Lard

Hearth to Hearth: Cottolene (Lard) – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – February 2002 The disappearance of lard from our diets has been a major puzzle for me. For centuries of food history, lard has been considered as unexcelled for deep frying and pie crusts. But ask anyone today about lard and the response you can expect […]

Hearth to Hearth: Christmas Pudding

Hearth to Hearth: Christmas Pudding – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – January 2002 In the great celebratory feast, a highlight of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Mrs. Cratchit’s Christmas Plum Pudding is described as only Dickens could do it: “Hallo! A great deal of steam! the pudding was out of the copper [boiler]. A smell like washing […]

Hearth to Hearth: Childrens Cookbooks

Hearth to Hearth: Childrens Cookbooks – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – December 2001 The world of the kitchen was surely one that included children from the earliest times, as mothers initiated their daughters into the culinary arts and instructed them on the commonplace, intricate or subtle skills of a competent cook. But for millennia, the very […]

Hearth to Hearth: The Fireless Cooker

Hearth to Hearth: The Fireless Cooker – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – November 2001 The fireless cooker was a strange beast. Even its name seemed to be a contradiction in terms. It cooked without fire and provided an effortless hot meal. Its early history is open to speculation and lies vaguely in the past, but […]

Hearth to Hearth: Ice Cream

Hearth to Hearth: Ice Cream – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – August 2001 Ice cream is everywhere in the warm weather, and often in the cold. It is a treat, especially when home made, and always has been. Think of pre-industrial civilizations and the minor miracle of eating a frozen extravagance in the midst of summer’s […]

Hearth to Hearth: Sallets

Hearth to Hearth: Sallets – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – July 2001 One often hears that our ancestors did not eat salads. The remark is all-too often made with a certain amount of scorn and some kind of pity for those poor ignorant souls who didn’t know anything about nutrition and still less about good cooking. […]

Hearth to Hearth: Hasty Pudding & the Pudding Stick

Hearth to Hearth: Hasty Pudding & the Pudding Stick – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – June 2001 The most plebian of kitchen tools are sometimes the hardest to identify. The pudding stick, or mush stick, is a great example of the need to work out the puzzle by coordinating a surprising variety of sources that encompasses […]