Sunday, February 22, 2015
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Originally the word Valentine meant the person whose name was picked from a box to be chosen as your sweetheart up until the 1500's. Then around 1533, it meant the folded piece of paper with the sweetheart's name on it. By 1610 it then became the gift given to this special someone and by 1824 it then became a poem, letter or verse to a sweetheart.
Another early variation of Lupercalia sounds like a pilot for a reality TV show with the Kardashians. Two Roman youths (who were blessed by their priest) would run through the streets swinging a goatskin thong called a Februa, the Latin word is Februatio (the act of lashing with sacred thongs), and was believed to be for purification. From this word comes our word "February". And the belief is that if a woman was touched by this thong, she would be able to bear children better. According to the legend, they did this to honor their God Faunus, the god of crops.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Now that you are stuffed just reading those numbers, consider a dessert dish from the early 20th century when we did not eat huge portions of food, even snacking - which has replaced regular meals for many even - was not a common activity. These small custard dishes which hold 1/2 cup illustrate the change in portion size. Anyone going to be satisfied with one of these for dessert? Snack size, right? These are Glasbake custards.
In 1917 the McKee Glass Company introduced "Glasbake Ovenware" to compete with Pyrex ovenware which was made by Corning Glass Works.
Glasbak was the original spelling for McKee's ovenware, but was changed to Glasbake in 1951-1961. McKee was sold to Jeannette Glass, and they produced the line from 1961-1983.
I also have some Hazel Atlas custards that are similar in style. When I looked at the photos, I thought they resembled candle votive holders! Have to think about how an early 20th century dessert cup as morphed into a candle holder!