A Barred Owl, the Wild Turkeys Drop in…and Some Baking

Posted by mrssmythe on February 18, 2019 in Baking, Books, Chickens, CPT's Lens, Critters, Kitchen, Old Books, Seasons, Week in Review |

We had another visit from the wild turkeys this week. If you look along the top of our back fence, you can see our turkey (the white one) sidling up to a wild turkey (the darker one to the right). At first we thought she was just being friendly. But, once the wild turkey dropped […]

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Chocolate at Sturbridge

Posted by mrssmythe on February 9, 2014 in Kitchen, Out & About |

After Ginger finished her class, we were all pretty hungry, so we headed over to the OSV Tavern for something to eat. Unfortunately, I wasn’t sure exactly where in the Tavern the food was being served, so the girls and I sort of wandered around until we ran into this woman who was demonstrating 19th century methods […]



Another Reason I Love Old Cookbooks

Posted by mrssmythe on February 4, 2014 in Kitchen, Musings |

Another thing I love about old cookbooks – and old books, in general – is the little clippings and slips of paper you often find among the pages. The cookbook I brought home the other day had lots of these little papers, and I had a good time looking at them before I carefully tucked […]



The Boston Cooking School

Posted by mrssmythe on February 2, 2014 in Kitchen |

The other day, my neighbor invited me to go through a pile of books she’d weeded from her library. She was giving them away and was kind enough to let me have first pick. I went home with a nice stack of happy finds – a copy of the 1937 Boston Cooking-School Cook Book amongst them. I […]



Paczki are Here!

Posted by mrssmythe on January 25, 2014 in Kitchen, Out & About |

It’s Paczki Time! I’d never heard of paczki (pronounced “pownch-ki”) until we moved to Western Massachusetts. Then, I began to see them advertised in the grocery store circulars every winter. “Paczki Are Here!” The flyers would proclaim – just above a photo of something that looked like an ordinary jelly donut. But they aren’t ordinary jelly […]


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