Progress of the Range in 1937


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Walnut Meatballs (1941)

walnut meatballs 3I like meatballs because they are simple and easy to make.   I came across this recipe in “Menu Magic in a Nutshell” published in 1941.  The ingredients for this recipe was almost the same as my mother used in her hamburger patties.   For some reason, I have never made meatballs or hamburgers the way my mother did, so making these was like a small trip down memory lane.  The only difference was that these also included walnuts.   To be honest, I would never have combined nuts with meatballs.  The combination just didn’t seem that appealing to me, but the end results weren’t too bad.   It’s meatballs with a bit of “crunch.”

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Pyrex Fridgie Find

DSC02367This past weekend I stopped at a few yard sales that were on my way going into town.  As if I wouldn’t stop at a yard sale that I happened to pass by.  There really weren’t that many on my way, probably 3 or 4, so I wasn’t expecting to find much.  It’s always when you aren’t trying very hard when good things happen.  It was at the last yard sale I stopped at that I found this almost complete Butterprint Fridgie Set.  The only piece missing, as you can see from the picture, is the cover to the large fridgie.  There never seems to be prices on the things I like at yard sales.  I had to ask what the seller wanted for them but he didn’t seem to know.  He told me to offer him a price instead.  I wasn’t exactly sure what a set like this was worth so I offered $5.00 and he took it! When I got these home, I washed them up and they looked almost new.  I never realized what excellent condition they were in when I bought them.  Then I looked this set up online and then discovered that even with one lid missing, I still got quite the bargain.

DSC02375I also found this stainless steel wok with copper bottom at that same yard sale.  It looked like it was a high quality piece of cookware and it was brand new.  It was still in its original plastic packaging!   I recognized that the mini booklet was all written in Japanese (although I had no idea what it said) so I knew that this was made in Japan and probably was never exported to North America.  There was no price on this either, but the seller said he would sell it to me for $5.00.  I gave him $4.00 and took the wok with me.  I looked at the website of the manufacturer of this wok, Koinu, and it seems they make commercial products for hotels and restaurants.  The site was all in Japanese, of course, so I used Google Translate.  I haven’t used this wok yet, but will be quite interested in the cooking results.

Choosing a Home

Victorian Houses - Image 5Photo: Karen’s Whimsy

This is advice given by Mrs. Elizabeth Ellet in “The Practical Housekeeper.” on how to choose a home.  The way we live our lives today may have evolved over the course of 150 years but interestingly enough, what we look for in a home today has actually not changed a whole lot from when this book was published in 1857.

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Home Comfort Cookbook (1938)


This cookbook is called the “Home Comfort Cookbook” and was put out by the Wrought Iron Range Company of St. Louis.  This version was put out in 1938 and would have come with the purchase of one of their ranges.  It is quite a substantial book considering it was produced for advertising purposes.  The first few pages, of course, are dedicated to advertising their “new and improved” ranges but the rest of the book is full of recipes.  This book has about 134 pages, and probably 120 pages are just recipes.

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True Economy

I read this in “The Frugal Housewife” written by Lydia Maria Francis Child in 1830.   It’s hard to imagine that this was written over 180 years ago!!  It still makes perfect sense today.  Some things really don’t change.

Economy is generally despised as a low virtue, tending to make people ungenerous and selfish. This is true of avarice; but it is not so of economy. The man who is economical, is laying up for himself the permanent power of being useful and generous.–He who thoughtlessly gives away ten dollars, when he owes a hundred more than he can pay, deserves no praise,–he obeys a sudden impulse, more like instinct than reason: it would be real charity to check this feeling; because the good he does may be doubtful, while the injury he does his family and creditors is certain. True economy is a careful treasurer in the service of benevolence; and where they are united, respectability, prosperity, and peace will follow.