This building was originally the kitchen for the house in front of it,
called the Salcedo House. People who lived in small Spanish houses cooked their
food over a fire in the yard, but large houses had a small kitchen building behind
them like this for preparation of food. The reason was to keep smoke and odors
out of the living rooms, and to prevent the house from burning if the kitchen should
catch fire from sparks.
This building has a porch across the front, so that some of the work
could be done outside in the shade during the hot summer.
Inside can be seen a large fireplace where the cooking was done. Iron
and copper kettles were used for cooking all kinds of food; the brass ladles hanging
beside them were for dipping the food out on the plates. On the right side of the
fireplace is the oven, where bread was baked. Beside it is the big wooden paddle
for putting the bread loaves into the oven and taking them out. Above the fireplace
on the left is a hanging oil lamp, to use whenever the fire was low so there was
not enough light.
Under the window is a wooden box on legs, to hold flour for baking,
designed to keep bugs out. The funny-looking wooden object above it is an egg-
beater of the type used two hundred years ago. Across the room is a low wooden
box with two big stone wheels. This was to grind corn into corn-meal.
The building is now used as a bakery, to make Spanish bread and
cookies in the old-fashioned way, to sell to tourists.