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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

As we gleefully glide into January 2016, I would first like to thank you all for your kind words and encouragement. It has been quite a year hasn’t it?

They say, people who look back are not moving forward. I disagree. I believe attempting to understand the past may present an edge to the future. Perhaps, food writer and cookbook author, Damon Lee Fowler says it better. (Dining at Monticello, and Classical Southern Cooking, are just two of his gems:)

It’s usually a mistake to assume that someone who looks back to history is somehow bound and gagged by the past. Yet, the prejudice is commonplace, and seems to be especially prominent in the culinary community, where so-called “cutting edge” trends whiz past at light speed, seemingly leaving us dusty old historians behind to stew in our own marmite.

The mistake is the assumption that anyone who looks back is not moving forward, but all too often the opposite is true, and ignorance of the past (or a summary dismissal of it as irrelevant) leads not to daring innovation, but ill-advised caprice. And contrary to popular belief, a thorough understanding of the past, of how cooks have traditionally used ingredients and paired flavors is never confining to an open minded cook: indeed, it can be wonderfully liberating.

Understanding the past doesn’t confine one to it; quite the contrary. It actually frees us. Once the principles of a particular tradition are mastered, they channel the imagination, providing a solid foundation on which to build real and lasting innovation.

With that said, I thought today a golden opportunity to share a few bites of the past. But first, a New Year’s Editorial from American Cookery Magazine January 1916. (That’s 100 years ago folks!)

American Cookery Editorial 1916

Here’s a tidbit for you. The premier issue of Gourmet Magazine which is sadly no longer in publication, was 75 years ago in January of 1941. Unfortunately, I don’t have a copy of the first issue but, I do have the January 1961 issue…

Gourmet Magazine January 1961

…which pays tribute to the magazine’s twentieth anniversary.

Gourmet Magazine Editorial January 1961

Curiously, Gourmet’s main competitor at the time was American Cookery formerly the Boston Cooking School Magazine which had been published since 1896. Regular readers will be more than aware of my “love affair” with American Cookery:) Here’s a “balanced” menu for a week in January 1916.

American Cookery Magazine Menu 1916

I wish the January issue of American Cookery would have had a New Year’s Menu but it didn’t. I “dug” up this New Year’s Day Collation in The American Heritage Cookbook which makes reference to a Pennsylvania tradition during the “reign” of George Washington. (around 225 years ago:)

New Year's Day Collation

From the menu we have New Year’s Cookies!!!

New Year's Day Cookies

On to the future!!!

January 2016 Edible Celebrations Calendar

Happy New Year Everyone!!! Yes, I made another calendar. No, this one isn’t clickable but I must admit, it was waaaay more fun to create!!! I’ll be back on Wednesday for National Bean Day. Stay safe, Louise:)

45 Nibbles:

Mae Travels said...

You are back!!! So wonderful to see you at what you do so beautifully. Have a wonderful year in 2016, and keep us in the loop...
best, mae from maefood.blogspot.com

Julia said...

Happy New Year, Louise. I don't have enough spare time to read all your post this morning but I know it must take you a lot of time to put this together.

Wishing you all the Best for 2016
Hugs,
JB

Margaret Ullrich said...

Happy New Year, Louise!
Thank you for sharing such delightful stories and delicious recipes. They have been a joy to read.
Hope 2016 is a kind year to you and yours and us all.
Yes, on to the future!
Marg xoxo

Kitchen Riffs said...

National Bean Day? Can't wait! :-) Such a fun post. I really miss Gourmet — there isn't a food magazine today that comes close to its quality. Happy New Year!

Tina said...

Happy new year, my friend! I love our calendar !

Poppy Crocker said...

Happy New Year! I adore going through old menus. I just can't imagine starting a day with a breakfast including waffles and baked potatoes, but it's interesting to know that someone would think it sounded perfectly reasonable....

Dottie said...

Dear Louise,
So happy that you are back to the blogging world. you were missed! Great post, love the article from 100 years ago..Looking forward to your post on National Bean Day. Wish you and Marion a fabulous Happy New Year!
Hugs and love..Dottie :)

Dawn Yucuis said...

Hi Louise, I wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy New Year. I hope 2016 is a year of happiness for you. I will be back on Wednesday to see what you have to say about National Bean Day. Take care!!! Dawn

Pam said...

It's great to see you back, Louise! This is a great post, I loved Gourmet magazine and miss it. Here's wishing you the best in the coming year, Happy New Year!

Marjie said...

Happy New Year! It's so good to see you back. I guess we'll have to celebrate Winnie the Pooh day, right? And maybe chocolate cake day, too? I'm so glad to see your normal, cheerful self coming through the words of this post.

Meals 100 years ago are a little different from ours, aren't they? I don't know how regular folks got home for that large spread at midday (which may be why we now have our big meal in the evenings). I'll skip the stewed prunes for breakfast, thanks!

See you Wednesday!

Karen Luvswesavory said...

Happy New Year, Louise!
Thank you for sharing all the informative cookbooks/magazines and interesting delicious recipes/articles. I've gained alot of knowledge reading your posts, very blessed indeed.
Wishing you all the best in 2016!

~ Nee ~ said...

Hi Louise ,
So glad to see you back , love this post , the menu made a lot of sense . I hope you , Marion and all your family have a very Happy New Year .
I will be back next Wednesday to read National Bean Day .
Take care my friend and keep wiggling those toes .
NEE :)

Liz Berg said...

Happy, happy New Year! I'm delighted that you look to the past---these menus are fascinating!

Amelia said...

Hi Louise, HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU. Wishing you all the best in 2016 with abundance of joy, happiness, love and good health.

Its good to look back depend on situation and sweet memories. And those old, classic cookbooks is definitely worth to look back and not to be miss. Thanks you so much for sharing so many classic postings and recipes with us. Looking forward to your future spectacular postings and cheers to our friendship.

Warmest Regards,
Amelia

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Hi Louise, so nice to see you posting again, national bean day sounds very intriging, I am soaking black eyed beans for tomorrow, new coins, dollars are prosperity for the New Year. Love that you have the 1961 issue of Gourmet, you are such a treasure trove of info. Happy New Years to you and Marion.

Nellie said...

Happy New Year, Louise! I look forward to reading what you have to say on Wednesday! xo Nellie

Pam Greer said...

Happy New Year!!! I'm so glad to see you back!!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Happy New Year, Louise! I hope you and Marion enjoyed a round of toasts marking what has passed and celebrating what is to come! I am right with you in agreement that history indeed informs how we approach the future! Happy 2016!

Kathy said...

I am so glad that you are posting again, Louise!! Your posts are always a delight to read! I loved reading the menus from Gourmet magazine. How funny it includes supper and dinner.
Thank you for being so supportive, my friend! Wishing you and yours a Blessed and Happy New Year!!

Shaheen said...

Happy New Year Louise. Welcome back.

Geraldine Saucier said...

Happy New Year Louise. It was great reading your post. A great way to start the new year.

Linda said...

All the best ~~Louise~~....
Cheers!
Linda :o)

I Wilkerson said...

Love the calendar--so many celebrations, so little time... Wondering if "fruitcake toss" day (today) means this is the day everyone gets rid of all those gifted fruitcakes???

Happy New Year!

kitchen flavours said...

Hi Louise,
You have made an interesting January calendar! Jan 16 is most interesting, Nothing Day! It would be nice indeed to do absolutely nothing for a day, I think I need that! LOL!
Happy New Year to both you and Marion. Wish you a great 2016!

Gloria Baker said...

Happy New year dear Louise a big hug!! xoxoxox

Cakelaw said...

Happy New Year Louise!

Charlie Louie said...

Happy New Year to you, Louise. That was a very interesting read. I think if I ate that weekly menu I'd be gaining weight by the hour. But I did love the NY menu. And the cover of that magazine from 1960 is fabulous - you don't see food served like that any more xx

Shirley Tay said...

Oh my goodness, my eyes almost popped out at the sight of those caviar! You're such a temptress, Louise! Happy 2016, babe! xoxo

Kari said...

Happy New Year :) I love old menus - those January ideas are brilliant!

Carol Z said...

What a great post and so enjoyed my visit here today. I'll be back. Wishing you a bright and happy 2016!

grace said...

you always dig up the most interesting tidbits of food information! that menu of balanced menus is a keeper. :)

My Little Space said...

Louise, Happy New Year to you & family too. I'm sure you had a great time during the whole festive season especially on X'mas day. May many more good things coming your way dear. ((hugs)) God blessed.
Blessings, Kristy

Pam said...

I trust you had a nice Christmas. Happy New Year! The new calendar looks great.

~~louise~~ said...

Yes, indeed I am Mae. Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement:)

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks for visiting, Julia. I know how busy things can be this time of year. I wonder sometimes if the clean up is more time consuming than the actual holiday season itself, lol...Happy New Year!

~~louise~~ said...

Thank you Margaret, you're so sweet:) Happy New Year!

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks John. It was fun to prepare:) Gourmet always seemed to take me on a culinary journey. I too miss it. Happy New Year!!!

~~louise~~ said...

It warms my heart Tina that you called the calendar "OURS" I'm delighted you like it!

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Poppy,
I enjoy looking at old menus too. Sometimes I wonder how people ate so much though and all in one meal!!!

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Dottie...Happy New Year to You and Your family too:)

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Dawn,
Thanks for dropping by. I really do appreciate it. You take care too:)

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Pam. It's GREAT to be back! Gourmet was one of my faves too, Pam. Thanks for popping by...

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Marjie:)
I'm not sure about Winnie the Pooh Day. Chocolate Cake Day? Oh YES!

I think 100 years agao people were much more physical during the course of their day. They probably needed all that food to keep their energy going, lol...And to combat those stuffed bellies, they probably needed those prunes too!!!

~~louise~~ said...

So glad you enjoyed your visit, Karen. Happy New Year!

Linda said...

Hi there ~Louise~....
I made one of my favourite soups this week, and added a can of white beans...
Made it even better!
Enjoy your weekend...hi to Marion!
Cheers!
Linda :o)