Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Pie Project: Chocolate Cream

I had a lot of flexibility with February's pie, which is chocolate. I could have chosen to do the recipe suggested by Modern Farmer, which (I think) was a bit on the rich side. I could have made chocolate pudding pie (which was always a staple of my mom's when I was a kid). But I went with a chocolate cream pie, which I thought was a happy medium: not as rich as MF's recipe, but more difficult than pudding pie.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Belated Valentine's Apron

Here it is! Finally! My latest sewing project. I actually finished it almost two weeks ago but am just now working up the motivation to post about it.

I've had my eye on this heart fabric since I saw it on the Jo-Ann website several months ago. But, being the cheapskate I am, I decided to wait and see if it went on clearance after Valentine's Day. Sadly it didn't but I did find it on sale for 50% off so I decided to get it anyway. I'm not totally sure why but it reminds me a bit of the midcentury cookbook illustrations I love so much. You know the ones I'm talking about; they're black and white drawings accented with a single color--like this and this. Maybe it's a stretch, but that's what I see in this fabric. So of course I thought it would be a perfect match for this vintage pattern I had in my stash.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Page to Plate: The Congressional Club Cook Book - Rice and Chicken Amandine

With so many old cookbooks on my shelves, it's hard to choose a favorite. Each one has its own unique quirks and charms. Some have great illustrations or funny titles (Did you catch the 1915 book in this post that's titled A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband?). Others have such utterly grotesque midcentury food photography that it somehow makes me love them even more. No matter the book, if it was published before the 1970s, I will find a reason to love it.

But if I had to choose my favorite vintage cookbook find of all time, it would have to be The Congressional Club Cook Book from 1965. Just take a minute to admire that cover and really let it sink it. It is so bizarre and yet somehow manages to be cute and charming at the same time.