Looking Out My Back Door – September 30, 2014

The hummingbirds left on September 19th, two days earlier than they did last year.  I didn’t see any of them say goodbye. If any tried, I’m sure it would have been the female.

Phlox Still Blooming

Phlox Still Blooming

With each passing day it’s looking more and more like autumn.  Oh, there are some die-hard phlox out there that are still blooming their little hot pink hearts out.

Blooms Aplenty in the Rock Garden

Blooms Aplenty in the Rock Garden

And the flowers around the low bird bath in the rock garden are still in full color.

Berries on Dogwood

Berries on Dogwood

But the berries are bright red on the dogwood and the leaves are turning bronze.  A sure sign that fall is here.

Sassafras in Yellow

Sassafras in Yellow

The sassafras trees take on early color, too.  Some turn a neon yellow, like the one above.

Sassafras in Red and Green

Sassafras in Red and Green

And others turn red.

My pole bean plants are still flowering and still pumping out pole beans.  There are a few in the upper left corner of the photo below.

Vegatables Reading for Roasting

Vegatables Reading for Roasting

I’ve really gotten more into roasting vegetables…at least twice a week if not more. The vegetables above were roasted and served along with the spinach ricotta pie shown below.  Roasted vegetables work in so many ways…on bulgar wheat pilaf, or on polenta topped with stewed tomatoes, on omelets or baked cod or linguine sprinkled with a little soy sauce, or mixed with some tuna and served on a salad.   The possibilities are endless!!!!

Spinach Ricotta Pie

Spinach Ricotta Pie

And, speaking of food, that leads me to the subject of the chafing dish.  I had been doing some research on an oyster fork that was manufactured by Gorham.  The front of the handle had an interesting crest and the back of the handle had “H.M. Kinsley & Baumann”.  Of course, I had to find out who Kinsley & Baumann were.  It turns out that they operated the Holland House hotel in New York when it opened in 1891.  I already knew Gustav Baumann from an earlier blog post concerning the New York Biltmore Hotel which he opened in 1914.

Antique Chafing Dish

Antique Chafing Dish

H. M. Kinsley was a caterer and restauranteur from Chicago and Gustav’s father-in-law.  In 1894 Mr. Kinsley wrote a chafing dish recipe book which was published by Gorham, with illustrations of various chafing dish models offered by Gorham.  It seems that there was a chafing dish craze going on in the United States during the 1890s and into the turn of the 20th Century.  Interest in chafing dishes has ebbed and flowed since.  They’ve certainly caught my attention and I will be writing more in my next post about them. 

 

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One thought on “Looking Out My Back Door – September 30, 2014

  1. KerryCan

    Ah, you really are intrigued by chafing dishes! Your garden looks much nicer than mine. Everything looks brown and dead and badly used here–I need to spend some serious time out there, cutting things back and getting ready for the long winter’s sleep. But all I want to do is go leaf peeping!

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