Living My Best 1848 Life
Dec. 28th, 2014
“Every summer I spent more waking hours of my life in the nineteenth century than I did in the modern day.” Read more here!
Ever Wonder What it’s Like to Drink Like a Pilgrim?
Nov. 12, 2014
“When we think of the Puritans landing at Plymouth Rock, we think of them being, well, puritanical—dour, temperate party poopers. Wrong. Drinking alcohol was a substantive part of life in early New England.” Read more here!
Etsy Kitchen Histories
Indulge your fondness for speakeasy-style cocktails with a DIY gin kit (it takes less than a day!) and this refreshing punch recipe.
Food historian Sarah Lohman tries large-scale and at-home cheese production on for size.
Scent, taste, and memory are inextricably linked, which is one reason this historic cake recipe (the secret ingredient: perfume!) is so intriguing.
This year, consider a Valentine’s gift that’s nearly as old as Romeo and Juliet (and even more romantic): a hand-carved wooden love spoon.
Learn the history of this holiday icon — and get tips for constructing your own extra-special version.
A brief history of homemade beer in America — and where to shop for suds-making supplies on Etsy.
Sarah Lohmann concocts an historically accurate cup of cocoa and looks at the story behind this wintertime favorite.
Holiday cookies are more than sugar and sprinkles – they hold cherished memories. Etsians are exploring creative ways to capture and share the magic.
Take a turn learning about a historic timesaver, and discover a recipe for a unique, Thanksgiving-worthy treat.
Halloween is a night for costumes, jack-o-lanterns, tricks and treats — but when did we start running through the streets demanding candy, anyway?
Sarah Lohman digs into the sticky history of a classic combo and shares the source for the original PB&J.
A campy post-war cultural moment is experiencing a popular resurgence as a new generation discovers cocktails like the Mai Tai.
Parmesan-flavored, chicken-shaped ice cream? No, really – it was a thing. Read on for a savory history of frozen treats.
An attempt to use this simple tool reveals getting the perfect chip off the old block involves quite a bit of skill.
Hardworking and unpretentious, this is one kitchen tool that gets better with age.
This fascinating slice of history may have you giving processed cheese a second chance at the dinner table.
Often called an egg pan, an escargot pan, or a poffertjes pan, this useful kitchen tool is used by multiple cultures for making fried dough treats.
Historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman traces the charming history of America’s obsession with maple syrup.
This utilitarian kitchen tool holds the key to unlocking spices’ most wonderful flavors, as Sarah Lohman discovers while making a historical curry.
Our historic gastronomist puts this amazing technology to the test — and roasts a whole chicken in the microwave.
Mary Randolph’s cookbook helped shape American culinary identity and captured the domestic realities of its time.
Rich and warming, this historic winter cocktail is a welcome way to cheer winter’s darkest days.
A charming log-shaped mold triggers an exploration into holiday history and how the traditional Yule log morphed into a frosted treat.
As you feast with family, Sarah Lohman talks turkey, taking a look at the evolution of an American classic.
This faddish object combined old school elegance and modern day convenience to showcase the side dish everyone overlooks: cranberry sauce.
A collection of found recipe cards captures a personal food legacy and challenges preconceived notions of mid century cookery.
Old spice tins hold more than fragrant dust — they tell a tale of changing tastebuds and vanished cooking fads.
Over time, this humble kitchen tool has evolved in both design and ease-of-use. Sarah Lohman puts vintage models to the test, with surprising results.