Sunday, February 20, 2011

This Old Book

Greetings from sunny Bakersfield!  You're probably wondering why there is a picture of a recipe book here so let's get straight to the point.

Stitchy's aunt had purchased this cookbook many years ago at an antique shop and it lived in her kitchen for a very long time.  She passed this a long to Stitchy to sell as a vintage item in her Etsy shop.

Stitchy however cannot keep all of these treasures to herself so starting on February 21, 2011, Stitchy will be including these recipes in her newsletters.  About 2-3 each week. 

Now for a little history on this book.  It was originally from Woolworth's. We know this because the inside cover tells you where to buy refill pages.  This book isnt a cookbook that was ever published, it was a binder of recipes that someone had collected and put together.  The recipes date from 1937 to sometime during the early 1940s.  We know that the woman who put these together was a very serious and also a very organized chef.  She did not handwrite her recipes, but typed them into the blank pages.  There are also a few newspaper clippings that are in there as well and she was always careful to put in the dates and where the recipes came from.

There are also recipes in here from the Home Services Department of the Southern Counties Gas Company in Santa Ana, California.  Some of these recipes are even titled "Cooking for Victory" and "Cooking with Gas". 

After doing a bit of research Stitchy did discover that this dear chef (who after all this did not bother to put her name in her cookbook binder) was from Santa Barbara.  Several recipes come from the News-Press Cooking With Electricity Cooking School.  The News-Press was and still is the local newspaper regularly published in Santa Barbara, California.  She even included the name of the instructor occasionally.

So Stitchy hopes that you will all enjoy these recipes.  She's been going through them and making corrections (spelling mostly) as well as trying to find substitutes for the more difficult to find ingredients.  And, don't worry, Stitchy did her research on copyrights as well.

This week's recipes are going to be:

Sand Tarts from “Cooking With Gas: Southern Counties Gas Company Home Services Department - Christmas Sweets”

Nut Bread from “Woman’s Home Companion” July 1937

Until next week...


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Book Review - Gifted by Mags Kandis

Greetings from Sunny Bakersfield!   This week Stitchy will be doing a book review on Gifted by Mags Kandis.  Unfortunately Stitchy did not have time to take a picture of the book and a project from it, so please enjoy this old picture of a hibiscus.  On an interesting side note, this hibiscus plant is still alive and is still on Stitchy's front porch.

Gifted only just recently came out and is a collection of quick and easy knit and crochet projects to give as gifts and this is hands down the best project book Stitchy has ever purchased.

For starters, Stitchy ordered this from and for those of you who may not always have a few extra dollars to spend, keep an eye out at because they regularly run 40% off book sales. 

That being said, this book was money well spent.  Stitchy has used this for many personal projects and has gained a lot of inspiration from it for many many other projects.  The first project that Stitchy completed for personal use were they boot cuffs.  They were such a sweet idea, a lacy topper to wear with boots when it's just too cold for pretty socks to show.  Stitchy also made the tea cozy for her Mom (who loved it by the way) and it was made fairly quickly as well. 

Other cute projects include felted hearts or Hearts Milagros, fair isle socks, crocheted paper rose napkin rings, and the one that Stitchy has been dying to try:  Egg Cozies.  These simple little knitted and felted egg cozies are used for soft boiled eggs sitting in egg cups and they look like cute little beanie hats to help keep your eggs warm.  They are too too adorable!

Be sure the next time you are looking for a new project that you definitely check out Gifted by Mags Kandis for some simple yet extremely fun knitting and crochet projects.

Until next week...