Hi, I’m Sheryl Lazarus. Grab a cup of tea, and pull up a chair. I love to tell the story of A Hundred Years Ago.
On this blog, I post old recipes from a hundred years ago. The posted recipes include my updates to make them user friendly for modern cooks. I enjoy the challenge of interpreting the sparse directions in old recipes. I also do posts on related topics, such as food and healthy living in the early 1900s.
A Hundred Years Ago evolved over the years. From 2011 to 2014, it was where I posted my grandmother’s diary entries a hundred years to the day after she wrote them (see Archives—Grandma’s Diary for details). I also shared lots of contextual information and old recipes.
In the process my life changed. I started eating healthier foods made with local, seasonal ingredients. I also began to value a slower-paced life.
The last diary entry was posted in December, 2014—but A Hundred Years Ago continues.
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Very nice continuation…evolution! Nice to see you here! I admire your dedication and consistency! I have not had the time that I would love to have devoted to my blog. I hope to pick up the pace…but, meanwhile…I’ll be watching for your posts.
Thanks for the kind words. You’ll know when the time is right to pick up the pace on your blog. I know that I enjoyed my blogcation–though I missed blogging and am now definitely ready to get back to it.
I’ve been looking for you for quite awhile, Sheryl! I’m glad to find you again. What happened to the blog you were writing about your, I think, aunt?
I haven’t made any posts recently on my other blog. When I was doing it I discovered that I enjoy researching the early 1900s more than the 1940’s and 50s. So I started thinking about ways I could restart A Hundred Years Ago without the daily dairy entries. I finally settled on focusing on foods and recipes from the early 1900s–and started posting again recently. It’s good to be back.
How lovely to hear from you again! I look forward to following your new blog posts. Welcome back.
Thanks for the kind words. I enjoyed my blogcation, but it feels really good to be blogging again.
What a neat idea! I think it’s incredible that you have written posts about/from your grandma’s diary, and I’m excited to see you continue posting about the food from a century ago.
I really enjoy doing this blog. I felt so fortunate to have my grandmother’s diary, and to be able to post the diary entries a hundred years to the day after she wrote them. Now that the entries have all be posted, I am having a lot of fun focusing on old recipes and foods.
What a wonderful blog. I am so glad I found it. I’m very interested in what our ancestors ate and am working to modernize many of the recipes from a popular 19th century Italian cookbook. Looking forward to comparing notes with you.
And, I’m looking forward to comparing notes, too.
I love old stories. Hope to see more posts from here.
I post twice a week. Each week one post is a recipe, and the other is something more general (often food related) about a hundred years ago.
Thanks for dropping by my cooking blog.
So glad i bumped into your blog, i love the concept of it!
Thanks for the nice note. It’s wonderful to hear that you like the concept.
I’m so happy I found your new blog by following you over from “Between the Gate Posts”.
I’m glad you found it. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you via our blogs over the years. After I’d posted all the diary entries, I tried doing another blog; and then took a blogcation for a few months. And, then I finally realized how much I enjoy writing about the early 1900s–and decided to reformat A Hundred Years Ago to focus on recipes and foods.
Hi Sheryl, I love old recipes and am always fascinated by the directions in recipes. Looking forward to seeing more of your blog. Have a lovely day.
Nice to meet you! I am off exploring your lovely blog now! 🙂
Greetings from a foodie from Belgium! 🙂
Welcome! It’s nice to meet you, too.
Hi, Sheryl! I’m glad I stopped by — your blog is awesome! I love old-timey stuff. Nine times out of ten, you’ll find a movie from Turner Classic playing on my TV. Can’t wait to read your posts! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by.
My mom used to sing Never Make Love In A Buggy to us when we were little. Nobody I’ve spoken with ever heard of it!! I searched all over the internet and even spoke to people who look for songs. YAY, thanks 🙂
It’s nice to hear that you found a song that you were looking for on this site. I’ve always enjoyed that song. My mother used to sing it, too.
Note to other readers: If you’d like to see the lyrics of Never Make Love in a Buggy here’s the link:
Never Make Love in a Buggy
I can tell you value family with your vintage recipes but also enjoy a simpler, more healthy life.
When I first started blogging, I posted a recipe from my Grandma Longenecker. If you assume it came from her mother, it is probably a hundred years old: http://plainandfancygirl.com/2013/03/05/grandmas-kitchen-recipes-more/
Thanks for sharing the link. Until I read your post, I hadn’t thought about potpie in years–but now that I’m thinking about it, lots of wonderful memories of this old-time comfort food are starting to flow. I may have to make some potpie. 🙂
Hi Sheryl (like your name) LOL interesting concept for Recipes! I like it!
Welcome, Cheryl with a C. The more S(C)heryl’s the merrier.
LOL I certainly agree with you Sheryl!
Such a lovely blog, Sheryl! I look forward to reading more on your site! 🙂
Thank you – It’s nice to here that you like this blog.
I love your idea for your blog. I enjoy history – and am so happy I was born in this generation and not 100 years ago. I would never have survived! it’s really interesting to read these stories and learn about our ancestors. I’ll be back for more and will be checking our your grandmother’s recipes too.
Welcome! There are things I like about the slower-paced life of a hundred years ago, and things I strongly dislike about that time period. I could say similar things about today–I appreciate the modern conveniences; I don’t care much for the highly processed foods.
I love your concept, really nice. Look forward to seeing more of your posts..
It’s nice to hear that you like this blog. Thanks for stopping by.
Wow what a fabulous idea and wonderful tribute to your grandmother!! I look forward to exploring your recipes and posts and definitely to a slower-paced life!! 🙂
What a neat idea for a blog. I love it!
Thank you! I’m glad you like it.
Very interesting concept for a blog Sheryl! I bet there is an old recipe for a leek and potato soup using radish greens somewhere, maybe in old French cookbooks!
I’m going to have to look the next time I browse through hundred-year-old cookbooks. If I find anything with radish greens, I may have to give it a try. If I do, I’ll be sure to post the recipe. 🙂
LUV this concept! My very first and still fave cookbook (Five Roses) was originally published 100 yrs ago!
Your comment reaffirms the wonderful things that I’ve heard about this old Canadian cookbook. I’ve got to look for a copy of it.
I need to order a new copy too! I own 2 very worn copies from the 50’s. Here’ the link to it: https://www.amazon.ca/Five-Roses-Guide-Good-Cooking/dp/1552854582
Thanks for the link. The description of Five Roses as one of the oldest North American cookbooks made me curious about how long the Betty Crocker cookbooks have been around, so I googled it. Betty Crocker is a relative newby. It was first published in 1950. (“Betty Crocker” has been around since the 1920’s promoting Gold Medal flour and related products.)
Hi Sheryl: I wanted to reply with more, but didn’t get a chance until now. Yes, in Canada The Lake of the Woods Milling Company first published the Five Roses Cookbook in Montreal in 1915, then five Roses was bought out by Oglive (not sure of spelling) flour in the 50’s (now Smuckers). But the cookbook continued to be published. I have 2 versions (one is the 21st edition, the other is too damaged to tell) still published by Lake of the Woods milling company, so prior to ’54
Yes, and Betty Crocker was a fictional General Mills construct to ‘personalize’ things for the consumer – it really worked for them! I learned a lot about that history a few years ago when I visited the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis (only something a complete baking nerd that is not much a history buff, but married to one) would do! Have you ever been? Very interesting, if you haven’t!: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mill_City_Museum
I’ve actually been to the Mill City Museum several times. I love it – especially the Flour Tower. I guess that I’m a baking nerd, too. 🙂
Wonderful! I’m a total sucker for the WWI era and can’t wait to explore.
It’s such a fun era!
Hi Sheryl pleased you are back… I love how you join the two era’s and show us snippets of the past. I am doing an A-Z challenge and would like to feature your blog under ” A” is that ok for you? It will probably bring more traffic to your blog and maybe a few more followers as I am sure some will enjoy the peek into the past as much as I do 🙂
It’s good to be back. I missed blogging when I wasn’t doing it. It would be fine if you included A Hundred Years Ago in the challenge. I’m honored that you think it is worthy of featuring. I really enjoy doing A Hundred Years Ago, and it’s wonderful to hear that you like it.
Thank you and yes I do …I think a lot of people like to see how things change and also how they actually change very little 🙂
This is such a good idea for a blog! So interesting! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by. It’s wonderful to hear that you enjoyed this blog.
You’re welcome. I’m looking forward to reading more! 🙂
What a really beautiful idea! Great blog! Thank you for sharing!
It’s wonderful to hear that you enjoy this blog.
What a fantastic blog subject. I just found you and I’m glad I did. I think it is so important that we look back in this day and age.
Welcome! I have a lot of fun doing this blog, and it’s nice to hear that you find it interesting.
What a fascinating blog and unique idea for one. I have enjoyed looking at it; I hope to be back and look at more soon when I have a little more time.
I love all aspects of food prep, cooking, baking, freezing. . . so this blog will be a joy to return to and savor!
I just found your blog (when i was googling an image for “Sour Cream Candy”) and i love it! I have an old 1947 Culinary Institute Cookbook that i refer to all the time (hence the sour cream candy) and have spent the better part of an hour skimming through your posts. don’t worry – i bookmarked your blog and will be back when i have more time!!
Thanks for taking a moment to write this kind note. It’s wonderful to hear that you enjoy this blog.
What an interesting blog! I’ve enjoyed exploring it.
I’m glad you enjoyed exploring this blog. I have a lot of fun doing it.
Hi Sheryl, you don’t know me, but your blog has been in my RSS feed reader since at least 2013. I saw an announcement today about a new online collection of WWI “homefront efforts” circulars released by the Kansas State Library and it immediately made me think of you and your grandmother. It’s here if you want to look at it: https://kslib.info/Blog.aspx?IID=479#item .
Please keep up the good work.
Wow, it’s amazing how long you’ve been reading this blog. I’m humbled that you’ve found it interesting across all these years. Thank you! The link you sent is an incredible resource. It’s amazing how many circulars on a wide range of topics the Kansas State Council of Defense published. My husband and I chuckled at some of the over-the-top language in the “Silos in Wartime” circular, and I discovered a new source of hundred-year-old recipes in the “One Dish Meals” circular. (Look forward to a post within the next few weeks containing a recipe from this circular. I’m leaning towards making Chop Suey).
Just discovering your blog, Sheryl. I am working on a writing project that combines family history (mostly in 1910-ish Kansas City, MO, and 1930s Arizona but not exclusively) with fiction. In the process of researching more on Sunshine Cake, I have found your site. Just beginning to explore it. Love what you’ve done!
Welcome! Your writing project sounds like a lot of fun. Sunshine cake is one of my favorite cake recipes. It definitely has stood the test of time.
Dear Ms. Lazarus:
I had often wondered what black walnuts tasted like; so ordered a lb. of pieces and went looking for a recipe. Most were layer cakes w/ lots of sweet frosting and then I found your recipe for Black Walnut Cake. It is perfect. I became curious as to where Helena Muffly lived so checked Ancestry and noted someone had posted Grandma’s parent’s 28th anniversary along w/ a newspaper clipping. Included in the sidebar was a quote from you. That took me back to this website.
I am delighted to have discovered this.
Recipes, journals, letters etc. help connect us to our families and our history.
Thanks for stopping by. It’s wonderful to hear that you enjoyed this site. I’ve had a lot of fun doing this blog both during the years when I was posting my grandmother’s diary entries and, more recently as I’ve focused on food-related topics.
Sheryl! Just found an announcement of a new database of “historical vegetables” and it looked like your kind of thing! http://www.freshplaza.com/article/192857/Germany-Historical-vegetables
“Which vegetables have disappeared from our markets, gardens and plates in the past 150 years? Information on, and pictures of, some 7,000 old vegetables are now available in a single database. “
Thanks for sharing the link. It seems really sad that many of the old vegetables have almost vanished.
What a wonderful concept! I look forward to reading more and getting to know it better.
Is it possible to subscribe to your blog? I can’t seem to find the link anywhere.
hmm. . . There probably is variation across different devices, but I think that there generally is a “follow” button on the bottom right-hand side of the screen. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you are able to figure out how to subscribe.
Found it on the mobile site just now. Good thinking. Do you knit?
Yeah! I don’t knit very much. I’m not very skilled at it, and tend to get frustrated.
I ask because I have vintage pattern books from the 1920s that I think you would enjoy. Some filet crochet as well.
You are lucky to have the old pattern books. I love to look at things from that era. I’ve never tried filet crochet, but am in awe of the stunning designs that can be created using just a few simple stitches.
I came across your blog. Great work! Interesting content. What a unique idea to come up with such a blog theme.
Welcome – It’s wonderful to hear that you like this blog.
I’ve poked around your blog a little bit and I’m going to love exploring all of your blog posts! 🙂
Welcome! It’s wonderful to hear that you enjoy this blog.
Such an interesting idea for a blog…one hundred years ago! 🙂 The recipes look good, and remind me of things my grandmother and great grandmother made. They were excellent cooks! I so enjoyed reading your blog! 🙂
It’s wonderful to hear that the recipes in this blog bring back some nice memories.
What a wonderful way to honour your ancestry, delve into history, adopt a healthier lifestyle and share with others. I look forward to reading more.
Thanks for the kind words.
Very fascinating topic for a website! I’ll be sure to check out some of your posts.
It’s wonderful to hear that you find this site interesting.
very much so 🙂
I am looking forward to exploring more of your blog. This concept sounds so interesting!
Welcome! I hope that you enjoy exploring this blog. Thank you for the kind words.
You have an interesting blog and I hope to take some time to look around more. I remember many meals from my childhood that were influenced by my own grandmothers recipes. I think one of my aunts even put together the recipes at some point, but I have no idea what became of them.
So sorry about the spelling of your name in that comment. My fingers were clearly confused and my proofreading skills missed the obvious error before I sent the comment!
Hi Sheryl, I really enjoy your blog. I just read the post about not wearing curling papers to breakfast and had to laugh.
I love the idea of this blog. I will have a look around.
I have a lot of fun doing this blog, and it’s nice to like to hear that you like its concept.
Interesting idea! My grandmother’s journals were lost so I am jealous! My most popular post was based on the depression era recipe I grew up with and how it has evolved – the recipe was Tuna Noodle Casserole. My grandmother’s version had four ingredients and cost under a dollar to make. My husband found one online that had 15 ingredients and cost closer to 20 dollars. Course it was a lot healthier that G-ma’s version! The intention in Gma’s day was to fill stomachs cheaply.
Somehow I’m guessing that Grandma’s version tasted better. 🙂
I love your blog and the idea behind it is so powerful! Such creative and interesting posts which are so enjoyable to read. I just wanted to say thank you for supporting my blog today is the last day of it but I will continue to keep up with your amazing posts!
Hello, I was exploring pictures that my grandmother saved (she knew all of the right stuff to tuck away for someone such as I, who loves family history, etc). I came across 2 large pictures of the Kimball’s Dairy Farmer Company, after making a search online. OMG, the 4 men in a very classic old car, from what years I do not know, is priceless. It is from Waterloo, Iowa, where my grandfather lived and eventually worked on a dairy farm (perhaps was a part owner)in Shreveport, LA some time later. I would love to add the pics but I don’t know how to put it on here. Is this related to you and this blog, which I just came across?
It sounds like you have some wonderful photos. You are so fortunate to have had a grandmother who saved these items. This blog is not connected to the Kimball’s Dairy Farmer Company. Year’s ago I posted entries from by grandmother’s diary, and used a couple items from Kimball’s Dairy Farmer Magazine to illustrate several posts, but is not a focus of this blog. Best wishes in finding out a blog more focused on that company.
Sheryl, I hope that you don’t mind me sharing your recipe on Facebook. I adore old recipes. Can I ask where you are? So when I introduce my friend Sheryl, I will know where she is from, if I am asked. Thank You. https://www.wisdomforpennies.com Share mine if you will, also.
Hi Sheryl, I’m related to you as the great-granddaughter of Homer (granddaughter of Coralie)… If you are still actively compiling family history, I’d like to speak to you.