The Progressive Farmer is a country newspaper from North Carolina. Aunt Jennie runs a write-in column sharing tips and tricks from readers. You can see that the readers are connecting with one another, using the column as a stand-in for a social gathering, which would make sense in a rural community prior to radio. There's... Continue Reading →
Source: Real Cookery, by Grid. 1893. Cassell Publishing Co. On entrées-The "Messy" entrée-The too rich entrée - The flabby entrée, and why always mashed potatoes as a basis for the "flabby"? I can imagine Grid emphasizing "WHY ALWAYS mashed potatoes..." with utter exasperation here.
Grape-Nuts?!? I bet you didn't see that one coming! You can feel from ten to twenty degrees cooler than your neighbor. Grape-Nuts is a concentrated food giving strength, vitality and coolness to the body and energy and clearness to the brain. Its crisp taste with the delicate sweet of the grape sugar makes it pleasing... Continue Reading →
This sounds delicious on top of ice cream! Source: Mrs. Crowen's American Lady's Cookery Book, 1866.
It turns out that meatloaf is not a relic of the 1940s...Who knew? Note: For the careful reader, you'll find that the recipe is truncated. No, the recipe doesn't continue somewhere else in the paper. Talk about your 100 year-old cliffhanger! You'll just have to wing-it. My advice? Smother your beef loaf in ketchup and... Continue Reading →
Mrs. Matthews, whose dinners have always been known as the most recherché of that gastronomic circle known as the supreme court, says that the Lynn Havens are the best of the American bivalves... Note: Recherché is exotic, rare, or esoteric. This is a fabulous line. One of the customs of the day was to solicit... Continue Reading →
This recipe comes from a newspaper column entitled "The Home Department". Readers write in requests for certain recipes or household tips and then other readers respond. Of course, this means that there's a delay in getting the information out. Hence the introductory parens...and enter the niche market for Pinterest some 100+ years later. Source: The... Continue Reading →
This one deserves reading all the way through, with quotes such as "crinkly yellow leaves," and, "With such sauce one might be driven to eat one's grandfather," and, "We whisper in confidence to housewives that water does as well as broth..." Source: Salt Lake Herald, December 25, 1889.
This is a fascinating advertisement. A full page story within a story. The margins have small excerpts with their own narrative (Note the sack of 'Gold' on the table): The main story is two full columns: Interestingly, if the storyline is correct, all of this would have started around 1859. It references the Civil War,... Continue Reading →
Direct from 'Experience's School'. Classic! This entirely sums up my 20s. Sincere is something else. She managed to describe how to freshen up stale butter to sell at the market, how to make apple butter, and how to put together a funeral wreath (using a variety of local plants) all in 1 newspaper column. Whew!... Continue Reading →
We once lived in a house with a scraggly peach tree in the backyard. Each year, I would pick the peaches when they were still not quite ripe in order to save them from the birds. We used them for peach jam. This recipe for under ripe fried peaches would have been delicious! Hopefully a... Continue Reading →