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Stepping back in Time 
Jul. 30, 2014 12:35 pm 
Updated: Jul. 31, 2014 7:36 pm
It's been over the past few months that I finally sat down at this infernal laptop, and began oh so many hours of research, which resulted in me joining  The info I've discovered is truly fascinating - considering that my knowledge of "family" included less than 20 people (which seems a lot in retrospect!)  This is not the topic of this post, simply a "lead in" if you will.

I've travelled back in time to Scotland in the early 1600's, and a man named Cheesome, who's son, born in London, came to the US, in 1643!  It's cause for wonder, just how folk lived back then.   I've read documents of ancestors gone by regarding the Civil War, and have found my grandfather's WW1 records, so many Census documents to make your head spin, land deeds and grants...  Apparently we've been a farming family primarily, but it would appear that the occasional "son of great great....?" took work and lodging on someone elses farmland in a nearby state. 

We've travelled Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky and Michigan - and I may be forgetting a spot or two!  The last name has changed multiple times, from Cheesome, to Chisum, to Chisholm, back to Chisum, and finally rested with Chism, our modern day spelling - one that nobody can EVER get right the first time!  It's also odd to find a couple name of Chisholm having many children, some of whom adopted the name Chisum, and others who did not...  Could it simply be errors in record keeping from way back then?

Well, I COULD write a "book" here, but what spurred me on was an article in todays paper titled:  Economical WAR Fare, and features a cookbook that was published and distributed at the 1918 Patriotic Food Show which was held in Chicago.  The purpose of the book, was to teach American cooks - "What to Eat, How to Cook It."  Such tag names as "Meatless Mondays" and "Wheatless Wednesdays" were a necessary evil in that meat and wheat were in short supply.  The book suggests ways to substitute ingredients that were harder to find, or to use a totally different recipe altogether.  Corn Bread, Potato Bread, Apricot Prune Marmelade, Scalloped Cabbage and Bean Tomato Stew were mentioned in the article.  It's also interesting that the "Joey Armstrong/National World War 1 Museum" at Liberty Memorial has posted the complete cookbook online (free access.)  I've done only a fast search, and at first glimpse didn't find a link on the museum website, but I do believe a "google" search brought up the book at:<   A quick look at some of the reicpes shown here seemed to fit the bill for the content of "Win the War in the Kitchen" cookbook. 

So, I hope that you've enjoyed my little story, and if curiosity has the better of you, try the link above and peruse some reicpes as written in 1918!  Perhaps you could explain to me just what "Spk soda" means....?  The author of the news article takes it to mean soda water, or some other sparkling water...  Hmmm! I wasn't yet cooking, in 1918, lol!
Jul. 30, 2014 4:01 pm
Great find! Yes, I would read that as sparkling water. Let us know if you try any of the recipes and how you liked it.
Jul. 30, 2014 6:57 pm
BigShotsMom, I found the cornbread recipe (in the paper, from the cookbook) rather interesting, and might just try it.... it calls for dates, of all things!
Jul. 31, 2014 4:02 am
Good morning Stevie, very interesting. I would say that that is sparkling water also, maybe like club soda. I used to have a wartime cookbook at one time but it got lost sometime over the years. My sister just got back from Arizona, said they made a mistake going in July, way to hot.Our weather this summer has been wonderful. Take care and have a great day..
Jul. 31, 2014 10:53 am
manella, makes me laugh... about your sis being here in HEAT OF SUMMER... I giggle cuz my sis and her hubby rode his motorcycle here from Houston last month. All they could do was complain about the heat! WHO rides a motorcycle here in the summer?
Jul. 31, 2014 11:37 am
Hi Stevie-it is so interesting to see how your name has so many different spellings. Always interesting to me to learn about my ancestors. The war cookbook also sounds like an interesting find. We are experiencing wet weather in CO. The temps are in the 60's yesterday. Cloudy and overcast all week with rain.
Jul. 31, 2014 7:36 pm
Lela, lot's of changes over the past 400 yrs! Lot's of changes in cooking habits also! Had a friend in MI who's parents lived next door, still growing corn etc, and Patty's mom still used the old wood burning stove in the kitchen at times - I think mostly for heat in the winter, but if it was hot, why not cook on it too? Hotter than hades here, but I'm not sure I'm ready to 60's/cloudy/rain either!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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