Monday, May 10, 2010

Sour Canteloupe

CantaloupeLittle nuggets from yesteryear still ring true for today's economy.

As I paged through The Dutch Cookbook this morning to find the recipe share for today, Edna Eby Heller's closing quote fit perfectly, plus this recipe for Sour Canteloupe sounds unusually intriguing. It had my mouth watering. Here's the recipe, Ms. Heller's quote is at the end ;)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Memories and Ideas - Grandma's Kitchen Revisited

Flowers in black and white

On a recent visit with family my sister and I chatted about things that reminded us of grandma’s kitchen, those little touches of warmth that invited us in to sit a spell, plus those beautiful plates filled with food that was always cooked with love and laden with sweet cream butter. As we reminisced I started writing down the memories and ideas that we came up with that would make our modern kitchen feel more like grandmas.

Mason jars
  • Filled with staples, like sugar, beans, spices and loose leaf tea; our grandmas loved using loose leaf teas brewed to perfection
  • Decorated with a ribbon and filled with flowers; our grandma loved the flowers picked with tiny hands from the roadside
  • Packed with canned green beans, peaches, jam and more

China Teacups and Pots
  • Lining the top shelf of the dining hutch; our grandma used her English bone china daily
  • Knitted tea cozies with bright embellishments

Flour sack towels

Black and white photos
  • Decorate with b/w photos of family, food or flowers in old wooden frames [hint: black and white photos are cheaper to get developed]

Small, clear jars

  • Loaded with odd, brightly colored buttons; our grandmas could find a button to fix anything
  • Stuffed to the brim with candy; our grandmas always had the candy of the season stashed all around the house
  • Filled to the top with honey, orange marmalade and homemade jams

Tea kettle and coffee pot
  • Old fashioned aluminum drip coffee pot; our grandmas was well used and darkly stained on the inside, making each pot of coffee that much more delicious
  • A bright copper or stainless steel tea kettle, big and round with a wooden handle; our grandmas tea kettle was usually steeping on the stove ready to bring to a boil for a 'spot of tea'

Hand-powered kitchen tools
  • Find, decorate and use the kitchen tools grandma used daily, some examples are...
    - an egg beater
    - a wire whisk
    - vintage cheese graters
    - an apple peeler and corer
    - mortar and pestle
    - pastry blender
My sis and I sure hope this sparked a memory and spurred you on to start creating your own. Do you have a memory or idea to add? We'd love to hear from you.

**Photo available at dizzygirl's Zazzle store.**