Here is the left side of the kitchen and it looks like Cook is preparing a large fresh fish for dinner.
Notice the lovely blue and cream spice set of litho'd tin that includes an egg cabinet and oil can for the stove.
Cook was hired by the lady of the house after her ladyship tasted Cook's delicious gumbo and southern cooking while she was visiting a friend in Alabama. Cook was all too happy to come north with her to Canada.
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