Yesterday Dick and I spent the afternoon at the Forest History Center in Grand Rapids (Minnesota), which is run by the Minnesota Historical Society. We toured a 1900 northern Minnesota logging camp that included a bunkhouse with rows of beds on each side and a potbelly wood stove in the center of the room, a blacksmith shop, horse stable, small general store where lumberjack clothing could be purchased, and my favorite... a large food prep/dining hall building. I think I've found my niche. The rows of wooden picnic-style tables are situated in front of where I am standing in the logging camp kitchen preparing potatoes, carrots, and onions for venison stew.
Next comes prep for tomorrow's breakfast... "logging berries" (prunes) that are served each day and "sweat pads" (pancakes).