Dried Peaches ~1866

This recipe is interesting because it also offers insight into the daily lives of our cooks. They cut the fruit up in the morning and leave it in the sunshine all day. Then when the baking is done, they move the fruit into the oven. I recall hearing once that 6-7 hours/day was spent cooking…

To Make Lemonade ~1866

All of the details in this recipe are simply delightful, from dollar-piece lemon wedges to crushed raspberries and strawberries. The kids could make some sidewalk money with this one, guaranteed! Welcome Summer! More Fun Discoveries Mrs. Madison’s Whim ~1866 Army Slap-Jacks ~1886 You Will Slay Them By The Thousand ~1856 Source: Mrs. Crowen's American Lady's…

Wine Sangree ~1866

This is not the familiar sangria recipe that we think of today with fruit, and I'm not sure if the two are related, though it seems likely. The sangree recipes that I've come across all call for port or Madeira with the addition of sugar and spices. Both of these fortified wines would be better…

Mrs. Madison’s Whim ~1866

This recipe starts off fairly blasé, but then quickly morphs into something entirely whimsical - as the title suggests, with 12 eggs, rose-leaf steeped brandy, 2 pounds of chopped raisins...and it will keep for 3 (?!?!) months! Well then, Mrs. Madison, we've learned something new about your penchant for hearty cakes! Source: Mrs. Crowen's American…

How to Make Ice Cream ~1866

Just in time for summer, ice cream! Who ever knew making ice cream was so involved? Note the blatant product placement for Austin's Magic Freezer. I do hope Mrs. Crowen got some sort of affiliate fee. Enjoy! More Fun Discoveries To Dry Artichoke Bottoms 1808 Corned-Beef Hash, New-England Style Recipe ~1886 Oranges With Jelly ~1886…

Cream Custard ~1866

Freshly ground nutmeg is heavenly! Note: I used  2/3 cup of sugar, 1 quart 2% milk, a standardized teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1/2 a small nutmeg. Baked in a 350° F oven for 70 minutes in a water bath. Source: Mrs. Crowen's American Lady's Cookery Book, 1866. Other Fun Discoveries: Interpreting Victorian Baking Temperatures…

Army Slap-Jacks ~1886

Today's recipe post is in honor of the U.S. Army's birthday, June 14, 1775. Hooah! This recipe came out during the Apache Wars, a series of conflicts between the U.S. and the Apache Nations between 1880 - 1889. Think Dances with Wolves. It's easy to imagine a hot skillet slathered with pork fat, frying up…

Table Covers ~1886

Miss Corson goes into great detail on the table setting, decorative centerpiece foliage, linens, etc. Please let me know if this interests you and I will post those excerpts as well! Source: Miss Corson's Practical American Cookery and Household Management, 1886.

A Toast to Fannie Farmer: Documentary

Those of you who have been following Victorian cooking for some time probably already know about Fannie Farmer. At the turn of the last century, Fannie worked as the head of a Boston cooking school. She authored an enormously popular cookbook and helped to standardize recipes and cooking practices. A truly remarkable woman. Back in…

Grape-Fruit For Breakfast ~1886

With a plentiful sprinkling of fine white sugar...use it at the beginning of breakfast; it is exceedingly refreshing and wholesome! Grapefruit - a treat for all ages! More Fun Discoveries Keeping Drains Clear ~1886 Currie Powder ~1866 Eating an Artichoke ~1886 Source: Miss Corson's Practical American Cookery and Household Management, 1886.