Christmas Eggnog ~1866

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…

A Christmas Party ~1866

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…

Soft Gingerbread ~1866

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…

December Menu ~1844

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…