On Oysters ~1897

Late 1800s Introduction to Shellfish. 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... Continue Reading →

To Choose and Prepare Crabs ~1881

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 →

Orange Salad ~1855

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 →

White House Christmas Dinner ~1889

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 from Antique Cookbooks. Maryland Egg-Nogg ~1889... Continue Reading →

Christmas Dinner Menu ~1889

Victorian Era Christmas Dinner Menu. This Christmas Dinner menu will look familiar to today's reader. Is it missing anything? More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks A Christmas Party ~1866 Turkey Scalloped 1881 Apples Prepared for Nice Pies ~1851 Source: Salt Lake Herald, December 25, 1889.

Salted Almonds ~1897

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 ~1889

  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 →

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