Antimacassars were a type of covering or protection for the back of stuffed furniture as well as the arms in the 1800s. They were made specifically to keep the furniture clean. One of the main problems with keeping furniture clean in the 1800s was men’s use of Macassar which was used to groom and style hair. This solution was basically made of oils. It made sense that furniture had to be protected.
Later, these Antimacassars were known as chair sets (United States) and were promoted to not only help keep your furniture clean but as an appealing way to make your home welcoming and that using crocheted doilies was a way to encourage people to linger. Of course these doilies were also used to cover worn spots on the arms of the chair.
Roasted Honey-Sage Sweet Potatoes with Pears and Red Onions
Cook's notes: A colorful mixture of sweet potatoes, red onions and pears blended with sage and sweet honey in this easy-roasted side. It has hints of fall flavors and can be assembled in 15 minutes. The taste is amazing. Suggested entree Pork Roast or Roasted Pork Tenderloin.
Serves 4 recipe adapted from Midwest Living
- 2 sweet potatoes, peeled, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/2-inch thick
- 2 medium pears, cored and sliced 1/4-inch thick
- 1 red onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
- 3-4 teaspoons Extra light Olive Oil or Blood Orange Olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 2 TB. honey
- 1 tsp. chopped fresh sage
- Line a 15 x 10x 1-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Toss together sweet potatoes, pears, and red onions. Spread in an even layer.
- Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.
- Roast in a preheated oven 425 degrees 15 minutes. Stir in walnuts. Roast 5 to 10 more minutes. To serve, drizzle with honey and sprinkle with fresh sage.