Chocolate Cake – Grey Eyes~1905

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.

Beef Loaf ~1904

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 →

On Oysters and Chicken Salad ~1889

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 →

Corn Pudding ~1905

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 →

Mrs. Secretary Noble’s Chicken Sauce ~1889

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.

History of Aunt Jemima ~1919

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 →

Fried Peaches ~1866

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 →

July Menu ~1808

Welcome, July! This menu is features: Rabbits with Onions, Pick'd Crabb, Artichoke Bottoms, and Apricot Tart. Delicious! Source: Art of Cookery, 1808.

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