A Pickle Recipe for Elzerena 1877

Rain Water Pickle Recipe. Back in the late 1800s, the Chicago Tribune newspaper would run a page in every issue where women would write in questions asking readers for advice and recipes. For example, someone in one small town might write in asking what a good matching color would be to decorate a rose colored... Continue Reading →

Simple Italian Cookery 1912

By Antonia Isola Who's feeling in the mood for some old-fashioned, classic Italian home cooking? ME!!!! With a name like Antonia Isola, you know it's going to be good! This is a short text, about 60 pages, 5x8, but don't judge this book by its cover. Tucked inside are some amazing recipes packed with flavor!... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Malt Coffee 1905

Kneipp Malt Coffee Advertisement 1905. Happy Monday! This one is just cruel. Like those practical jokesters that substitute decaf for regular in the break room coffee pot. LOVE the reward of $1000 to anyone who can detect adulteration - from what, exactly? It's already not real coffee... But, it does flush and keep the organs... Continue Reading →

Household Management: 4 Cultures 1915

English, French, German, Italian, and American Household Management in the Early 1900s Apologies for the more lengthy excerpt, but I thought this was too delightful not to share! The English household comes across as 'just-so'. This would be the Downton Abby - era household. As for the French, I've never heard of a "dot" before,... Continue Reading →

Fannie Farmer Mint Glazed Carrots

Carrots and Peas Recipe. Confession time: Vegetables in my house are typically of the frozen varietal with some salt and pepper thrown on for good measure. Unexciting at best. Today's recipe for mint glazed carrots and peas comes from the famous Fannie Farmer Boston School of Cooking cookbook, which I picked up at a local... Continue Reading →

Perfect Lunch Menu

Tomato Soup, Omelet, Bananas Something about this menu just seems perfect: Tomato soup with croutons Veggie omelet Bread and butter Bananas Tea Just had to share! Source: Fannie Farmer, 1924. More Fun Discoveries Fun Antique Cookbook Titles Cooking as Noble Science ~1897 Orange Salad ~1855

Fannie Farmer Kitchen Utensils 1924

Kitchen Utensils 1920s Recognize any of these lovelies? Any surprises? I just can't get over the number of eggbeaters - what was going on in this kitchen?!? More Fun Discoveries Housekeeping Recipe 1913 Potato Omelet ~ 1900 Rules for Eating ~1866

Butterscotch Sauce

Easy Butterscotch Sauce Recipe for Ice Cream Ever wonder how to make butterscotch sauce? Relatively straight forward using every-day ingredients. Ingredients: Brown sugar Corn syrup Butter Cream Heavy milk (whole milk) With a list like this, no wonder butterscotch is so delicious! Yum! Source: Fannie Farmer Boston School of Cooking, 1924. More Fun Discoveries Jelly... Continue Reading →

Fannie Farmer Beverages

Chapter III Beverages. Lovely chapter introduction in Fannie Farmer's iconic book for Beverages. Her cookbook was published starting 1887. My version is a 1924 edition. This would have been the height of Prohibition, so no wine, beer, or distilled liquors. We see that section VII covers beverages for medicinal purposes, which could be inclusive of... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Java Mills 1864

Java Mills Coffee Wholesale 1864. Happy Monday! A little pick-me-up for your Monday morning. Looks like this place is still around: 52 Vesey Street, New York. If anyone is in downtown, stop by and ask for E.B. Miller! You'll need a saucepan, a fire, a piece of muslin, coffee grounds and water. And as an... Continue Reading →

Gluten Free Bread Pudding 1924

Bread Pudding Recipe What to do with those bread heels? (especially gluten free ones - which are on the edge of edible, if you know what I mean...) Save them until you have enough for bread pudding! This bread pudding recipe comes from Fannie Farmer's Boston School of Cooking cookbook. I did not pre-scald the... Continue Reading →

President McKinley in Monterey ~1901

Happy Presidents' Day. A small detour from the normal food-themed posts for Convivial Supper. I found a newspaper cutting from 1901 celebrating President McKinley's visit to my small town back in 1901. What fabulous hats! To those in the States, happy Presidents' Day! (For the rest of my wonderful readers, I shall raise a second... Continue Reading →

Nasturtium Sandwiches ~1913

Nasturtium Sandwich Recipe 1913. Nasturtiums are abundant in my area. Usually when I'm out on a walk, I'll pick a few leaves and bring them in for the rabbit. Their seed pods can be used as a caper substitute, but I find the flavor a little too strong. The leaves are also edible - something... Continue Reading →

Advice on Most Useful Vegetables ~1847

Advice on Vegetables. Discovered this list of the most useful vegetables. How does this compare with your average shopping list? Our common household vegetables: Carrots Onions Potatoes Celery Cabbage Cauliflower Beets Broccoli Peas (frozen) Herbs hanging in my window: Mint Basil Dill Parsley (in cupboard, actually)   More Fun Discoveries. The Housewife ~1897 A Bachelor’s... Continue Reading →

Soup for the Poor ~1847

Hearty Soup Recipe. Winter! When will it end? Here's a hearty vegetarian winter soup recipe to keep the frost at bay. Peameal refers to ground yellow peas. This would be used to coat pork tips. In this case, however, it's probably just referring to the peas. I don't use oats in my soups. Nor do... Continue Reading →

Housekeeping Recipe 1913

From Mrs. Louise Casey, 1913. While good in theory, there are just those days where either the first or third ingredient is missing - or maybe it's the directions for storage. More Fun Discoveries Stewed Squirrels Recipe ~1886 Soft Gingerbread ~1866 Rules for Eating ~1866  

Coffee Monday: Good Coffee 1880

Good Coffee 1880. Happy Monday! Here's a "Good Coffee" recipe - simple and straight forward. You will have better coffee than is produced by the most complicated and costly patent machine Watch out, Keurig! You'll need a saucepan, a fire, a piece of muslin, coffee grounds and water. And as an added bonus (because it's... Continue Reading →

Fun Antique Cookbook Titles

Antique Cookbook Titles. The cook and housewife's manual : a practical system of modern domestic cookery and family management 1837 American cookery, or, The art of dressing viands, fish, poultry, and vegetables : and the best modes of making pastes, puffs, pies, tarts, puddings, custards, and preserves : and all kinds of cakes, from the... Continue Reading →

A Little Cooking Humor ~1897

Note: Dyspepsia is the more flattering Victorian-era term for indigestion. Newspaper advertisements abound with pills and cures for dyspepsia - and it is almost always blamed on the cook. More Fun Discoveries Wine and Heaven in 1837 10 Victorian Jokes ~ Directions for Setting Refreshment Tables ~1866

Common Sense Papers on Cookery Overview

  Introduction: Common Sense Papers on Cookery. The introduction in Common Sense Papers on Cookery is highly entertaining. The author proclaims: "This work is intended more for the drawing room than the kitchen..." what a way to sell a cookbook to the genteel middle class! Introduction: The cookbook is actually written from a series of... Continue Reading →

David Copperfield on Cookbooks ~1850

Charles Dickens' David Copperfield on Cooking. Charles Dickens was born on Feb 7, 1812. Here's a great excerpt from David Copperfield, embedded in the 'Common Sense Papers on Cooking' 1877. More Fun Discoveries Orange Salad ~1855 The Art of Pouring Coffee ~1897 Rules for Eating ~1866 Image: Still life with apples, roasted meat and cheeses,... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Coffee Custard 1885

Coffee Custard 1885. Happy Monday! How about a coffee custard to wake you up? I'm not sure how this would work. Custards are more of a solid. According to this process, you bake/cook the custard first, then add the cold coffee liquid afterwards. So is the coffee merely a sauce? Hmmm... Too much thinking required... Continue Reading →

L’Eau de la Vie Recipe 1837

L'Eau de la Vie Recipe Poem. If you start at the top of the page, you'll see the actual recipe for L'Eau de la Vie - French for 'Water of Life'. Moving down the page, you see that the author includes a poem from one of the cookbook contributors that embeds the recipe within. Very... Continue Reading →

February Menu 1808

Welcome February! This month tuck in to Lobster Salad, Sweetbread Roast, Rice Soup, Fillet Midton Roasted with Celleri (assume this is mingon), Broiled Chicken, and Petite Patties... More Fun Discoveries December Menu ~1844 September Menu ~1808 Beef Loaf ~1904 Source: Art of Cookery, John Mollard. 1808.

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