On Oysters No doubt that many will be celebrating the New Year with oysters. Delicious! Here is some sage advice on choosing and preparing these bivalves. Paragraph two - on storing oysters - is fantastic: Cellar floor Sheets Salt Corn meal Water Source: Motgomery Ward and Co's Common Sense Cookery, 1897. More Fun Discoveries Simple... Continue Reading →
To Choose and Prepare Crabs. Thinking about crab for the New Year feast? Here are some general considerations. Oddly enough, the actual preparation of removing the meat and mixing it with oil, vinegar, salt and pepper, and cayenne pepper - then placing it back in the shell - was how it was prepared when I... Continue Reading →
This Is NOT Salad. Not that I'm complaining, but this definitely does not qualify for salad. This recipe obviously pre-dates the temperance movement. Totally meets the 5 ingredients or less threshold for ease and simplicity. Ingredients: 6 Oranges 1/4 cup white sugar 1/4 pint or 1 teacup of brandy, rum, or Madeira More Fun Discoveries... Continue Reading →
Christmas Menu from the Ladies in Washington 1889. The leading ladies of Washington have been called upon to furnish a special dinner for your readers... I like Vice-President and Mrs. Morton already. Family values shine through! They were using 'xmas' back in 1889. Who knew? More Fun Discoveries Maryland Egg-Nogg ~1889 Dear Santa ~1900 A... Continue Reading →
Victorian Era Christmas Dinner Menu. This Christmas Dinner menu will look familiar to today's reader. Is it missing anything? More Fun Discoveries A Christmas Party ~1866 Turkey Scalloped 1881 Apples Prepared for Nice Pies ~1851 Source: Salt Lake Herald, December 25, 1889.
Salted Almonds Recipe Need an appetizer? This looks AMAZING! I love the fact that these are served with olives and pickles. Very, very continental. More Fun Discoveries Golden Sunshine Cake – 1922 Meets 2017 Teen Pumpkin Soup ~1866 Corn Pudding ~1905
Maryland Egg-Nogg Recipe. 1 Gallon of Milk 12 Eggs 15 Tbs. Sugar 1 Nutmeg 1 Pint Brandy 1 Pint Jamaica Rum All before getting out of bed - Wow! Bring on the screaming kids! Of course the irony here is that the recipe is printed in the Salt Lake Herald. Hmm... More Fun Discoveries... Continue Reading →
Candy Recipe. This is a great recipe and offers us a glimpse at the life of a young 14 year old teenage girl, Miss Jessie Miller, living in Washington D.C. We know that: 1). she didn't go to school. 2). she had a brother who did go to school, 3). her father was the attorney... Continue Reading →
I stumbled across this treasure of a find and had to share. There is an entire page of letters to read here. Happy holidays! More Fun Discoveries Dinner Party Preparations ~1897 Fortified Egg-Nog ~1886 Cream Peppermints ~1897 Source: The Monroe City Democrat, December 13, 1900.
Christmas Egg Nog Recipe So the huge issue that we home-cooks typically have with homemade egg nog is that it uses raw eggs. I'm curious to know if all of the alcohol included in this recipe basically nullifies any possibility of food poisoning...Maybe that's not how it works, but I'd like to think so because... Continue Reading →
Hosting a Christmas Party in 1866 If you read newspaper articles about Christmas celebrations printed during the American Civil War, you'll come across descriptions of food shortages and rampant inflation, especially in the South. The interesting thing about Jenni June's book is that it was printed in 1866, one year after the end of the... Continue Reading →
"...And heap the snow upon it!" This looks delicious and calls for experimentation forthwith! Summer Snowballs ~1856 I must confess to a weakness for asparagus in mid-winter…~1893 Choice Teas and Family Groceries ~1867 Source: Mrs. Corwen's American Lady's Cookery Book, 1866.
Snowball Recipe - "Serve with butter, and sugar...or wine sauce." That's an easy choice! More Delightful Discoveries Summer Snowballs ~1856 Children’s 1922 Party Recipe Calumet Baking Powder ~1917 Source: Mrs. Corwen's American Lady's Cookery Book, 1866.
More Fun Discoveries Table Covers ~1886 Nut and Wine Pairing Recipe ~1886 Cures: Teething, Scurvy, Rattlesnakes, Etc. ~1856
Spice Gingerbread - Simple, straightforward gingerbread recipe. Caroline F. Frye certainly didn't waste words! What spices would you use? Source: The Salt Lake Herald, December 25, 1889. More Fun Discoveries Soft Gingerbread ~1866 On Persimmons ~1863 Spinning Sugar ~1886
Soft Gingerbread Recipe Note: Saleratus is baking soda. The introductory remarks suggest sticking a broom straw in the center of the bread. If it comes out clean, it's done. If it has bread sticking on it, it needs more time to bake. Broom straw/toothpick more or less interchangeable I suppose. The toothpick industry sure saw... Continue Reading →
Fortified Eggnog Recipe - 'Tis the season...This eggnog recipe is definitely the adult version. Note the summer twist! More Fun Discoveries Hot Apple Toddy A Toast to Fannie Farmer: Documentary Coffee Monday-With Fish Skin ~1856 Source: Miss Corson's Practical American Cookery and Domestic Economy, 1886.
December Menu - Welcome December! This bill of fare for 8 people includes giblet soup, broiled eels and potatoes, veal, turkey liver, and glazed apples. A hearty winter meal. This menu and recipe set comes from the Franco-American Cookery Book (1844). The book is unique because it is organized around menus for each day of... Continue Reading →