January 8, 2019

Imagining the Christmases of the Past Through Food and Community

In 1843, the first printed Christmas card was commissioned by Henry Cole in England and featured a group of people surrounding a dinner table. A simple message of “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” w...

January 18, 2018

     It is no surprise that our memories and emotions are tied to food. The smell of warm cookies reminds us of coming home the first day of school. The taste of chicken soup when we are sick can be strangely comforting and believed to have healing powers even if it is...

January 11, 2018

Missing the holiday season? Check out this detailed and informative post by Diane Euston at the New Santa Fe Trailer, which shares the stories of Christmas adventures in historical Kansas City.

January 11, 2018

Check out this great post from local blog Snarky in the Suburbs about the enduring value of family cookbooks!

November 23, 2017

It's the holiday season and we are cued into the sights, and smells of our anticipated favorite foods some of which have been passed down for generations.  Why is it we only make some foods during the holidays anyway?  I am not sure, but it makes the holiday season and...

November 23, 2017

Annie McCarty was born on December 5, 1854, in Clay County, Missouri, to William McCarty and Alice Riley, the child of  two long-standing pioneering Clay County families.  She lived the longest of all her siblings, as only her sister Nellie survived to adulthood and th...

September 21, 2017

Mrs. Lewis Dougherty's Raspberry Jam

                To every pound of fruit allow three-fourths of a pound of granulated sugar, and to every three or four pounds of berries add a pint of currant juice, while the fruit is cooking. Put the sugar in the oven and heat unti...

September 14, 2017

Margaret Priscilla Sharp was born on May 17, 1860, in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, the child of Milton Edgar Sharp and Elizabeth Ann Woods. She married William Holbrook Scott on September 23, 1884, in her hometown.

They had three children during their marriage, Elizabeth, Edg...

September 7, 2017

After a day out harvesting honey with friends, the fastest way to enjoy it, besides a dip with your finger, is a batch of beaten biscuits.  These are great with any meal  breakfast, lunch or dinner and as you can see we have several recipes and methods to choose from....

August 31, 2017

Sidney Neal Owens was born on December 29, 1836, in Washington County, Kentucky, to Samuel Owens and Margaret M. Ellis, who was just 16 years old when she gave birth. Sidney was the second of five daughters born to Samuel and Margaret.  She came to Clay County, Missour...

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