Easter Dinner Menu ~1900

Easter Menu at Glen-Ethel. Looking for Easter dinner ideas? What a spread! Not sure what all of these are, but I'm guessing no one left the table hungry. Source: Abbeville Press and Banner, 1900. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Meringued Coffee ~1897 Indian Slap-Jacks ~1886 L’Eau de la Vie Recipe 1837

Easter Egg Dyes ~1886

Dying Easter Eggs in the 1800s. And then... But what about gold and silver eggs? This one was new: Caution: Dying Easter eggs à la 1800s style is a grand experiment for the adventurous! Check out our household mishaps here. Source: The Midland Journal, 1886. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks To Carve Roast Turkey ~1886... Continue Reading →

Easter Egg Recipe ~1886

This is a fun excerpt with so many different ways to decorate eggs! Dye tabs (used today) Wrap the egg in patterned fabric and boil Boil with the skin of red onions Rub designs with tallow candles, then boil with dye tabs (used today with crayons) Dye and engrave with a needle Several natural dyes... Continue Reading →

Spinage ~1825

Spinach Recipe. Any spinach fans out there? I thought this recipe outlined considerable effort on the part of the cook to make sure that the spinage (spinach) is sufficiently clean. Wash several times to clean Boil Form into balls, squeeze excess water Spread out onto table and check again for extraneous substances... That, my friends,... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Yuban 1921

Yuban Advertisements. Happy Monday! And then... Pancakes and coffee - such coffee. It was hard to tell which warmed the heart more, the coffee or the Southern hospitality. It took several butlers and many covered dishes to serve breakfast at Aunt Letty's on Drive, but her coffee was her pride - its preparation was a... Continue Reading →

Vegetable Fritters ~1893

Vegetable Fritter Recipes. Cucumber Fritters - I'm not so sure about this. I never think of cooking cucumbers. Pea Fritters  Beet Fritters The beet recipe is involved, but has potential for some interesting flavors. I think the beet/onion patty would have a tendency to fall apart when frying - at least in my kitchen. Cymling... Continue Reading →

Fried Cauliflower ~1887

Fried Cauliflower Recipe. Servings: 4 Time: 25 min. Ingredients 1 small cauliflower 2 eggs, separated 2 Tbsp. flour Salt Oil for frying This was a fun recipe. It takes some work to get egg whites stiff - and then when you mix together with the yolk past everything just sort of combines (it almost seems... Continue Reading →

Economical Wine ~1825

Economical Homemade Wine Recipe.     If you're a home winemaker, read this one closely. It gets better, and better. How does economical wine work? You start with a cask and fill it partially with water. As fruit refuse becomes available (or any fruit for that matter), you throw it into the cask. Then, you... Continue Reading →

Curved Bottoms on Wine Bottles ~1912

Why Wine Bottles Have Dimpled Bottoms. Have you ever wondered why a wine bottle has a dent on the bottom? Wonder no more! According to this 1912 newspaper excerpt it is to facilitate the cooling or warming of the liquid inside. Seems scientific enough. And obviously calls for experimentation. But is it true? The Wine... Continue Reading →

Rice Croquettes ~1876

Rice Croquette Recipe. As a strictly gluten-free household blessed with 66% Celiacs, we go through a lot of rice. A lot. As such, I am always looking for new ways to reinvent rice (and potatoes, and corn tortillas, but I digress...). This search led me to rice croquettes. Here are two variations: Being the industrious... Continue Reading →

Raw Food Diet ~1900

Raw Food Dinner Menu. This excerpt comes from a NY evening newspaper article. It features a dinner party with a doctor, his wife, one of his patients, and the reporter. The headline focuses on the cost of the dinner (.60), but the narrative itself discusses the menu times.  And then... Certain proof that paleo is... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Yuban Cowboys

Yuban. Happy Monday! "The best coffee in the world" was that you made yourself out in Colorado. Smoky, somewhat grimy, but it sent you thirty merry miles in the saddle. Yuban Advertisement, 1921. Coffee Monday: Good Coffee 1880 A Little Cooking Humor ~1897 Nasturtium Sandwiches ~1913

French Culinary System: Advantage 4 ~1825

(Final) Prefatory Matter on French Cooking.   TL;DR: Fourth Advantage of French Cooking Practical facility Source: French Domestic Cookery, 1825 More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Fun Antique Cookbook Titles Cream Custard ~1866 Eating an Artichoke ~1886

French Culinary System: Advantage 3 ~1825

(More) Prefatory Matter on French Cooking.   TL;DR: Third Advantage of French Cooking Combines "Luxury with health and economy" i.e., healthy! Source: French Domestic Cookery, 1825 More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Fun Antique Cookbook Titles Cream Custard ~1866 Eating an Artichoke ~1886

French Culinary System: Advantage 2 ~1825

Prefatory Matter on French Cooking.   TL;DR: Second Advantage of French Cooking Seriously economical You may not even have to cook some days No waste! Source: French Domestic Cookery, 1825 More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Fun Antique Cookbook Titles Cream Custard ~1866 Eating an Artichoke ~1886

French Culinary System: Advantage 1 ~1825

Prefatory Matter on French Cooking. TL;DR: First Advantage of French Cooking Inexpensive Re-use ingredients/recipes Easy to prepare Agreeable and elegant family fare Source: French Domestic Cookery, 1825 More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Fun Antique Cookbook Titles Cream Custard ~1866 Eating an Artichoke ~1886

Rice and Cheese 1913

Savory Rice and Cheese Recipe. Ingredients: 1 Cup milk 1 Cup cooked rice (brown) 1 Egg 1 Cup Cheese (shredded) 1 Tbsp. butter 1/4 tsp. paprika 1/2 tsp. salt Pre-heat oven 350°. Bake for 50 min. in a water bath. This savory dish comes out very rich. Could be a stand-alone entree with a green... Continue Reading →

$1 Dollar Dinners ~1906

Delicious Dinners at a Cost of $1. This a fascinating read. You find the complete menu - soup, main, sides, drinks - as well as a breakdown of the costs and tips for cooking. I don't think you could do this today. For those who shop for whole ingredients, it's easy to see the inflationary... Continue Reading →

Wine Shipping Prices ~1912

Price of Wine in 1912 Cheers to wine clubs! For those who enjoy the occasional tipple but live far away from the wine , country, wine clubs offer access. Shipping wine from distributer to consumer has been around for hundreds of years. Here's a curious find. Wine distributor prices from 1912 from Clarke's wine:  Look closely.... Continue Reading →

Potatoes with Verjuice ~1825

Pommes de Terre au Verjus - French Style Recipe. Here's a very contemporary-looking recipe for potatoes with verjuice. One can never have too many potato dishes in one's back pocket. This particular recipe comes from a cookbook for those of "moderate fortune" - meaning you will find recipes with meat, fish, wine, herbs, sugar, etc.... Continue Reading →

Samp ~1847

Corn Husk Porridge. Samp is a new one for me. Our friend Wikipedia writes that samp is the corn kernels which are removed and ground into the dish. This recipe clearly describes the husk and skin of the corn proper... Now, this recipe comes from a book called: Cheap receipts and hints on cookery; collected for... Continue Reading →

Black Bean Soup 1924

Black Bean Soup Recipe. Black bean soup has that reputation for being a hearty, soul-filling soup. In our household, black bean soup usually comes in a can (slightly embarrassing confession for a blog about home cooking). This recipe comes from Fannie Farmer's famous Boston School of Cooking book, once again. My edition is circa 1924... Continue Reading →

Heinz 57 Varieties

Heinze 57 Advertisement. Everyone has heard of Heinz 57, but did you realize that there were originally 57 different varieties of Heinz? For some reason I thought the 57 referred to 1957. Stumbled across this fun advertisement from a 1904 newspaper. Check these out: Catsup (obvious) Enriched Figs India Relish Select Queen Olives Cherry Preserves... Continue Reading →

Domestic Economy and Bliss in 1877

The Bargain Salmon. Delightful story of domestic mishaps from 1877. Lesson: Don't deceive your wife! Source: Common Sense Papers on Cookery, 1877 - check it out here. More Fun Discoveries Stewed Squirrels Recipe ~1886 Salted Almonds ~1897 Dish of Snow, Whipt Cream ~1866    

Butter Sauce 1912

Lemon Butter Sauce Recipe. Simple lemon butter sauce recipe from Simple Italian Cookery, compliments of Antonia Isola back in 1912. Butter Lemon juice Salt/pepper What would you put this on? This screams asparagus or peas. Maybe a white fish? Other ideas? More Fun Discoveries All Displays of Violence Are in Very Bad Taste ~1856 Boiled... Continue Reading →

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