Southern Kitchen 101 from Mrs. S. R. Dull

Love is in the air in Athens, Georgia lately ....well, at least it seems so.  We've been busy making tiny jars of our pickles for lots 'n lots of wedding favors.  Our most recent wedding order was from Atlanta wedding planner, Sarah Chancey of knowing 175 wedding guests are about to get PHICKLED this weekend! 

I remember how it felt to be joining together as one and setting up our first house. And here we are again...setting up house.  We celebrated our seventeenth wedding anniversary last week by spending our first night in our new home.  We grilled burgers with our three children and slept on the floor.  How romantic, right? Well...for me, it was the perfect way to celebrate. We've been through a lot and finally feeling settled again ...well, the timing was perfect!  While unpacking my cookbooks, I came across an old favorite and with wedding season (and our move) in full swing ...I think sharing a few lines rules from Mrs. S. R. Dull's 1928 cookbook 'Southern Cooking' is perfect for today.  Chapter one of her book is all about the proper ways to set up The Kitchen ....something every bride (and these days ...groom) needs to know. 

The woman is the heart of the home, and the kitchen is the heart of the house. ~Mrs. S. R. Dull

Rules for The Kitchen ....words by, Mrs. S. R. Dull from Chapter 1 of 'Southern Cooking' published in 1928

1. A kitchen medium in size is best because it is more easily kept, less steps being required to do the necessary work, thus saving the woman time which may be used for recreation.

2. Nothing gets on a woman's nerves quite so much as working in a dark, poorly ventilated kitchen.  For better ventilation a hood may be place over range with a pipe connected directly into the flue. This will carry out smoke and fumes.

3. Only the woman in her own kitchen can place things conveniently for herself.

4. The sink should be under a window.

5. A stool to sit on when preparing food is a great help and saves tired feet and nerves. It is no longer considered lazy to sit down when preparing food or washing dishes.

6. A table in the center of the kitchen is one of the most convenient arrangements a kitchen can have. It saves time and steps.

7. The height of table, sink, stool and stove will depend on the individual; a person 5 feet 4 inches requiring a 32-inch height for working surface, and increasing 2 inches for every inch of person's height.

8. This is the age for beauty and color in the kitchen, but if you can't have both, beauty will have to be sacrificed for convenience.

My! Times sure have changed for 'The Woman' since 1928.  Back in the day, Mrs. Dull was editor of the home economics page in the magazine section of the Atlanta Journal.  Housewives took great interest in her written pieces which gave Mrs. Dull the confidence that an authoritative book like hers would be marketable.  For me, her book is a treasure.  It is full of recipes that have stood the test of time ...for almost a century.  And...I think I might just go shopping for a kitchen stool for my tired feet. I can enjoy my recreation time once my woman work is done!

"I hope my work will be the means of facilitating the duties of the bride, the matron or the chef who may have occasion to refer to the recipes and information found in the pages of "Southern Cooking.""  ~Henrietta Stanley Dull, a Georgia girl

A Good Vinegar for Pickles (pg. 308 - Southern Cooking)

2 1/2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup olive oil, 4 tablespoons black & white mustard seed, 2 1/2 cups cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons celery seed, 2 tablespoons each whole spice and stick cinnamon.

Mix together well and pour over pickles cold.  Mix pickles after standing in salt over-night or cucumbers soaked fresh. Fill jars and cover with the vinegar.

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Comment by April Riddle on June 21, 2014 at 10:38am

Our family has loved this cookbook for 3 generations.

Comment by Emily Laborde Hines on April 16, 2014 at 6:05pm

Congrats on your new house!

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