Hot Chocolate (American and French) ~1897

Hot Chocolate Recipes - American and French. Simple American and French Hot Chocolate recipes to warm your cold January day! Ingredients: Chocolate, milk, water, sugar. I might add a little salt. More Fun Discoveries Coffee Custard ~1905 Chocolate Cake – Grey Eyes~1905 Army Slap-Jacks ~1886

Meringued Coffee ~1897

Meringued Coffee Recipe. Lots of early coffee recipes use various parts of eggs for fining and flavoring. Whipped cream isn't uncommon, but this is the first recipe I've come across that calls for a meringue and whipped cream concoction. More Fun Discoveries Pumpkin Soup ~1866 The Victorian Home: Yearly Staff Wages ~1880 History of Aunt... Continue Reading →

Chocolate Cake ~1897

Here's to National Chocolate Cake Day. Happy National Chocolate Cake Day! Did you know that it was a challenge to find a chocolate cake recipe? Much more common are the spice cakes, rum cakes, citrus cakes, etc. I'm not sure why, but my conjecture is that there just weren't that many variations on chocolate cake?... Continue Reading →

A Bachelor’s Breakfast

A Bachelor's Breakfast c1894 Love the top hat and ladies peeking in through the door and window! Artist: Ashe, Edmund M. (Edmund Marion), 1867-1941 More Fun Discoveries Remarks on Pie Making ~1866 Kisses from 1866 The Well-trained Mary Jane & No Greenery-Yallery ~1893

Tea Party ~1897

Source: Motgomery Ward and Co's Common Sense Cookery, 1897. More Fun Discoveries Simple Five O’Clock Tea ~1897 Five O’Clock Tea ~1897 Pumpkin Diet Drink ~1885  

Stewed Squirrels Recipe ~1886

Squirrel Recipe. In honor of National Squirrel Appreciation Day, a token recipe for our furry friends! What I love about this recipe is that it is written in the plural, so we know that the cook would be preparing multiples of squirrels for the meal. Coming from the squirrel-obsessed towns of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, this is... Continue Reading →

Wine and Heaven in 1837

Wine Logic from 1837 - "Of wine may be verified the merry induction, that good wine maketh good blood, good blood causeth good humours, good humours cause good thoughts, good thoughts bring forth good works, good works carry a man to heaven; ergo, good wine carrieth a man to heaven" -Howell Source: The Cook and... Continue Reading →

Victorian Kitchen Gadgets ~1897

Victorian Kitchen Gadgets. Kitchen gadgetry appears to be timeless. Would love the nutmeg holder/grater. What would be on your wish list? Source: Montgomery Ward and Co's Common Sense Cookery, 1897. More Fun Discoveries Pork Butchery ~1856 You Will Slay Them By The Thousand ~1856 Wesson Cooking Oil ~1900

The Kitchen ~1897

We can live without books, we can Live without winning But where is the man who can Live without dining? Source: Motgomery Ward and Co's Common Sense Cookery, 1897. More Fun Discoveries History of Aunt Jemima ~1919 Wine Sangree ~1866 Potato Omelet ~ 1900  

The Art of Pouring Coffee ~1897

The Art of Pouring Coffee As a rule, the guest of honor is offered the first cup, which is the weakest, and the children, if served at all, are given the last and strongest. Okay, then. We'll go with that. This reminds me of those signs in cafes that state: Unattended children will be given... Continue Reading →

The Housewife ~1897

Housewife, 1897 "You said you weren't going to take out the garbage? I encourage you to reconsider..." Lovely pic. More Fun Discoveries Pork Butchery ~1856 You Will Slay Them By The Thousand ~1856 Wesson Cooking Oil ~1900

Cocoa ~1886

Cocoa Recipe. This cocoa recipe would be a wonderful experiment if you can get your hands on cocoa beans. If anyone can try it out and let us know, please do in the comments below! Ingredients: Cocoa beans, water, milk. More Fun Discoveries How Funny We Feel ~1831 Pumpkin Diet Drink ~1885 Navigating Antique Cookbooks... Continue Reading →

Harder’s Practical American Cookery ~1885

Cover Page. Lovely cover page inset that reflects an interesting blend of Romanticism and Realism. Source: Harder's Practical American Cookery, 1885. More Fun Discoveries Five O’Clock Tea ~1897 Golden Sunshine Cake – 1922 Meets 2017 Teen Dine we must ~1880  

12 General Principles of Cooking ~1866

12 General Principles of Cooking ~1866 (Make sure you read #12.) The object of cooking is to make food healthful, and palatable; the secrete is therefore, how to combine elements and flavors, so as to produce the best results. The best meat requires the simplest preparation. A cardinal principle in cooking is cleanliness; a dirty... Continue Reading →

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