I enjoy having tea and blogging with my tea friends. This blogging thing is a passion of mine. I enjoy it immensely.
I hope you come often and invite your tea friends here. I really would enjoy the company.
Wench By Dolen Perkins-Valdez 304 pages; Amistad A righteous historical novel about female slaves on, yes, summer vacation with their masters in free-state Ohio.
The Colored Girl Beautful
by Azalia Hackley
The National Capital Code of Etiquette
by Edward S. Green
My Book lists
These are books I am looking for to help with my reenactment program
I have this One!
Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey By Alison Gernsheim
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
Behide The Scenes
30 years slave and 4 years in the White House
Mary Lincoln's Dressmaker
the story of Lizzy, The first Lady's dressmaker.
Mary Todd Lincoln's Dress
Mary Lincoln’s purple velvet skirt and daytime bodice are believed to have been made by African American dressmaker Elizabeth Keckly. The first lady wore the gown during the Washington winter social season in 1861–62. Both pieces are piped with white satin, and the bodice is trimmed with mother-of pearl buttons. An evening bodice was included with the ensemble. The lace collar is of the period, but not original to the dress.
new Up-and-Coming book contains over 200 recipes and was researched and compiled by Lois
M. Hartley. She will be at Hearthside on Saturday, Sept. 24th on Great
Road Day for the release of the book. A highlight of the day will be
a cooking demonstrations over the open
fire by docent Estelle Barada, who portrays the Talbot family cook
(1904-1926) during our tours.
She will be set up outdoors with a fire
pit to cook up some of the recipes from the book.
The food editor of the Valley Breeze will be sending a photographer to the
cooking demo on Saturday.
For your delight, Estelle will be cooking up these great picks from the book.
Corn Meal Bread
Rub a piece of butter the size of an egg, into a pint of corn meal – make it in abatter with two eggs, and some new milk – add a spoonful of yeast, set it bythe fire and hour to rise, butter little pans, and bake it.
Randolph, The Virginia Housewife Or, Methodical Cook 1860
To ¼ lb. of fresh butter, boiling hot, add onions chopped very fine. When
they are quite soft, throw in spinach, celery, kidney beans also chopped fine,
with green peas, and any other vegetables that you can collect. Stir themwell in the onions and butter till they begin to dry. Have ready a tea-kettleof boiling water, and pour about a pint at a time over your vegetables, till you have as much as you want.
Serve up with bread or toast in the bottom
of the dish. Pepper and salt to your taste.
Child, The American Frugal Housewife 1833
Hot Tea Keep a variety of teas on hand. Orange pekoe and English breakfast are the most popular blends to serve with a meal. Delicate oolong, smoky souchong and the spicy blends are appropriate for afternoon tea. Store tea in a tightly covered tin away from spices or other aromatic foods. Warm a china or earthenware pot (metal changes the flavor of the tea) by rinsing it with boiling water. Measure the tea into the pot – 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per cup according to the quality of the tea and the desired strength. Pour in just enough boiling water so that the tea leaves float freely. Cover and let stand 3 minutes (longer steeping develops a bitter taste). Strain, and dilute with boiling water. Serve tea in delicate china cups with cube sugar or rock candy, cream or milk (English tea lovers insist on milk), and thin slices of lemon. For a spicy flavor, stick each lemon slice with two or three cloves. Serve China tea or smoky souchong tea clear, with nothing to distract from the distinctive bouquet. Farmer, The Boston Cooking School Cookbook, 1896
SMITH’S WILKINSON PEAR
Hearthside’s builder, Stephen Hopkins Smith, was well-known for his horticultural expertise.
He founded and became the first president of the RI Horticultural Society.
Smith is noted with the promotion of a “new pear.”
On my visit to Boston this month, I enjoyed the company of my dear friend, Carol Leary. We have been friends for 43 years. It started with a morning visit to the Gardner Museum Cafe for a light lunch. I enjoyed a delightful cheese cake in a jar. Very different but delicious. My friend enjoyed a hearty salmon salad. It was excellent.
Than, a wonderful visit to the The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It is a beautiful place for a photo shot. What a glorious back drop!
The day was adventurous and historic. The Isabella Stewart Gardner museum.