“There was no electricity in those days, so we carried oil lamps from room to room and cooked in the fireplace. Pots and pans hung from a wire over the fire, and corn bread and biscuits and even cakes baked in a Dutch oven set right in the hot coals. You used a pair of long tongs with a hook on the end to take the lid off to see if the bread was getting brown. When it got done, it was so good, it would melt in your mouth!”
~Lois Saine, – “I Remember Dahlonega”
Granny says she can remember visiting an old lady in her family that still cooked in a fireplace. As hard as cooking for your family is, I just can’t imagine having to do it bent over a fireplace by lamp light.