Advice on Mushroom Foraging ~1866

For all of you mycologists and mycophagists out there, how reliable are these general guidelines for mushroom foraging? Does this spell certain death? Or will we, the gentle reader, be enjoying a lovely sauteed mushroom repast? Leave your comments below! More Fun Discoveries Eating an Artichoke ~1886 The Well-trained Mary Jane & No Greenery-Yallery ~1893…

Oranges With Jelly ~1886

Oranges filled with jelly sound delicious! And "The effect is very pretty." Note the reference to Florida orange jelly. If you do a quick internet search, you come up with oranges filled with jello, but I don't think it's necessarily what they were going for. That said, I'm sure the modern twist is probably easier!…

Illustration: Pastry ~1886

Today's post is dedicated to all of the Cook's Illustrated enthusiasts out there! Thank you, Miss Corson, for keeping it real for all 19th century home cooks. More Fun Discoveries Corn Bread Recipe ~1905 At the Head of the Vegetable Class Stands Bread ~1856 Cannelons With Cream ~1886 Source: Miss Corson's Practical American Cookery and…

Cannelons With Cream ~1886

Cannelons: Not to be confused with cannoli, but the similarity is uncanny, no? Something was lost in translation...darned Italian grammar. The baking stick illustration is marvelous! One can imagine the young children of the household running around with these in mock battles! Here is a fried cannellons recipes from 1830: To read the description, they…

Whortleberry Fried-Cakes ~1886

What, you are probably asking yourself, is a whortleberry? Well, I'm glad you did asked. Other names include: bilberry and lingonberry. The name huckleberry is derived from whortleberry (Huckle/Whortle - I suppose I see the similarity). Whortleberries are often confused with blueberries. Blueberries were cultivated from hybrids only about 100 years ago, which I did…

Easter Egg Recipe ~1886

This is a fun excerpt with so many different ways to decorate eggs! Dye tabs (used today) Wrap the egg in patterned fabric and boil Boil with the skin of red onions Rub designs with tallow candles, then boil with dye tabs (used today with crayons) Dye and engrave with a needle Several natural dyes…

How to Boil Potatoes ~1856

"In Ireland potatoes are boiled in perfection." This is a beautiful quote that perfectly captures the nostalgia of immigrants. Evidently, there is a real art to boiling potatoes. I feel so provincial, which is ironic considering it's a boiled potato. If you're like me, you've been doing it wrong all these years, but here's the…

Eating an Artichoke ~1886

Artichokes have a special place in our family. Until a few years ago, we lived outside of Castroville, CA, the self-proclaimed artichoke capital of the world. Every year, they sponsored the artichoke festival, in which they showcased artichoke art, artichoke recipes, a parade, and tours of the artichoke fields. And lots of tacos and mariachi…

Dandelion Salad ~1844

Ah, spring is finely here! We passed a yard the other day and it was covered with dandelions. Inspiration struck! We gathered our paring knives and headed out to the yard for a mini foraging expedition. Dandelion recipes are found in just about every circa 1800s cookbook I've ever read. Most common are the boiled…