Rice Pudding ~1917

Rice Pudding with Strawberry Sauce. Time: 10 min. prep Bake: 40 min. Ingredients: 1 1/4 cup milk 1 egg 4 T Sugar 1/4 t salt 1 t vanilla 1 Cup cooked rice 1 t butter (optional) 1/8 t nutmeg Bake at 350° for 40 min. Butter on the top didn't add anything to the flavor, omit... Continue Reading →

Orange Salad ~1855

Orange and Brandy Salad Recipe. I posted this recipe previously, but finally had a chance to go back and make it for a gathering - with great success! Ingredients: 6 Oranges 1/4 cup white sugar 1/4 pint or 1 teacup of brandy, rum, or Madeira Notes: Make ahead and let chill for several hours or... Continue Reading →

Defining ‘Appetit’ ~ Late 1800s

The Very Definition of Appetite. This is my kind of dictionary. For your reading pleasure: "Motion and life create in the living body a constant loss of substance, and the human body, which is a most complicated machinery, would soon be unfit for the use if Providence did not provide it with a compensating balance,... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: White, Fairchild & Co. ~1855

Coffee Advertisement. Happy Monday. How about some obscure vocabulary and inflation calculations to start your day?   But wait, there's more! "The only preparation, unadulterated, which combines the rich oleaginous portion of the coffee berry along with its more solid particles..." Need another cup of coffee to mull over that one! A 1000£ guarantee in... Continue Reading →

Eggs a la Goldenrod ~1917

Eggs on Toast Recipe. You regularly find recipes using hardboiled eggs in various ways in antique cookbooks. This Eggs a la Goldenrod recipe almost treats the eggs like a sausage substitute in a sausage and gravy over biscuits breakfast - but instead you have eggs and gravy over toast. Yum! Prep Time: 5 min. Cook... Continue Reading →

The Outdoors Meal ~1915

Are you a devotee of outdoors eating? Three day weekend here in the US that officially kicks off BBQ season. This find seems appropriately timed. "If you have a country home with verandas, garden and lawns, try to have at least two meals out-of-doors each day." The outdoors meal may be as simple or as... Continue Reading →

Wine Recipes c.1803

Celebrating National Wine day. Wine Recipes of the Early 1800s. Happy National Wine Day! This post is completely self-serving. It's a way for me to index a very curious list of wine recipes to be able to easily go back and check them out later. Let's dissect: Gooseberry Wine was popular because it was the... Continue Reading →

Rice and Cheese Pudding ~1915

Rice and Cheese Pudding Recipe. This recipe offers a twist on the Rice and Cheese recipe from 1913. Had to read the recipe through a few times before jumping in - lots of little twists. Ingredients. 1 cup rice 3 eggs 1 cup milk 1 Tbsp. butter 1 Tbsp. gluten free flour 1 tsp. baking... Continue Reading →

Pastry Rules ~1917

Bettina's Pastry Rules. Here's a quick and dirty guide for pastry. Any other tips out there? As a gluten free family, we don't really do pastry - but one can still drool from afar... Good for the waistband if nothing else. Source: A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband, c. 1917. More Fun Discoveries from Antique... Continue Reading →

May Flowers ~1899

Just because I had this one in my files and was inspired by the flurry of spectacular hats at the royal wedding... (And deep down I know we're all secretly fanning on Carmen Miranda)... Back to food tomorrow, promise! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Gridirons ~1855 Tomato Butter ~ 1876 (aka Ketchup) Frying Pans,... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: The Coffee Fiend ~1919

The Dreaded Coffee Fiend. Happy Monday! The coffee substitute fiend. Mr. Buffey is always trying to get you to drink "roasted wispies" or "wheat-ocrisp," the last one to be tried being always just as good as the best coffee without any of the injurious qualities of coffee. Coffee Substitutes Coffee substitutes, including roasted wheat and... Continue Reading →

Lightning Tea Cakes ~1917

Gluten Free Lightning Tea Cake Recipe.   This recipe hails from the famous 'A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband' cookbook, narrated by Bettina. The purpose of the book is to present cooking as accessible for the new housewife. Here we have a recipe for Lightning Tea Cakes - so named because they are quick... Continue Reading →

Melted Butter Sauce ~1855

Recipe for Melted Butter. The great diplomatist, Talleyrand, used to say, that England had 120 religions, but only one sauce, and that melted butter. Melted butter is for the table of the simple artizan. Enjoyed some with artichokes the other evening. Source: Soyer's Shilling Cookery for the People, 1855. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks... Continue Reading →

Black Butter Sauce ~1855

Recipe for Black Butter. Huh. I had to read and re-read this recipe about 4 times. Definitely a cliff-hanger of sorts here... What article would be suitable for this kind of sauce? Source: Soyer's Shilling Cookery for the People, 1855. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Hot Chocolate (American and French) ~1897 Fried Cauliflower ~1887... Continue Reading →

Dictionary of Foods

Culinary Encyclopedia. New book! So excited! The Dictionary of Foods and Culinary Encyclopedia, 5th Edition, by C. Herman Senn. No idea when it was printed, and my cursory internet sleuthing only turned up the 1st Edition from 1898. Check it out here. C. Herman Senn was also known for the ever popular works of: Recherché Entreés, and... Continue Reading →

Five Recipes for Sour Milk ~1917

Using Sour Milk. Traveling and end-of-semester events have kept us from eating at home as much as we normally would, which has left me with about 1 gallon of milk that's gone slightly off. The stand-by is to use up sour milk in pancakes, but we're not a big pancake family and there's only so... Continue Reading →

War and Potatoes ~1917

WWI Reference through Potato Recipe. We return again with Bettina and her unique cookbook A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband, c. 1917. The cookbook weaves a narrative of the life of a newly married couple and their social interactions with their neighbors, focusing on household management. Each chapter starts out with a dialog of... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Yuban 1920

Yuban Coffee Advertisement. Happy Monday! More Fun Discoveries L’Eau de la Vie Recipe 1837 Coffee Monday: Washington’s Coffee British Wine Maker and Domestic Brewer Review ~1835  

Thousand Island ~1917

Thousand Island Salad Dressing Recipe. Salad dressing recipes are few and far between in the older cookbooks. This recipe for Thousand Island Salad Dressing comes from a slightly newer publication of 1917, and is both novel and familiar at the same time. A hard feat to pull off for a 101-year-old salad dressing! What I... Continue Reading →

Preserved Violets ~1890

Recipe for Preserved, Candied Violets. Violets are coming into bloom - or will be shortly - here in the northern hemisphere. Has anyone ever had preserved violets? I've done something similar with sugared rose petals. I don't have access to violets, but this was such a unique recipe I had to post it. Source: Fisherman... Continue Reading →

Random Household Hints ~1886

Household Hints. Ever wonder about: boiling coffee, cleaning your stovepipe, making glue for mounting ferns and seaweed, slicing pineapple, and mashing potatoes? Quite the collection! Enjoy! Source: Abbeville Messenger, 1886. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Garlic ~1885 Fried Cauliflower ~1887 Rice and Cheese 1913

Small Kitchen Stove Advertisement ~1855

Apparatus for Heating, Cooking, and Ventilating by Gas. Description. The more economical cousin of the deluxe gas stove shown here, this must-have kitchen apparatus will roast meat, bake a pie, and heat your soup all at once! Love it! Unsure as to how the ironing would happen here... but still, amazing little gas stove! Source:... Continue Reading →

Victorian Gas Stove Advertisement ~1855

Apparatus for Heating, Cooking, and Ventilating by Gas. Description. Check out this baby! Decorative and functional! For those who need an endorsement, how about Her Majesty's Royal Letters Patent? An apparatus worthy the attention of Men of Science, and the Culinary Art... Extra Credit for incorporating the word PERNICIOUS in an advertisement! Source: Soyer's Shilling... Continue Reading →

Alarum Clock ~1855

Alarm Clock - New Kitchen Invention. No microwave timer? No smartphone alarm? No problem! Check out this newest and most handiest of inventions, the alarum, or cooking clock. (Alarum is the British spelling) Note the N.B. - If the fire isn't the correct temperature, the alarm clock will not serve much of a purpose. Makes... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Yuban 1919

Yuban Advertisement. Happy Monday! ...The clever hostess has learned that Yuban fulfills this test as no other coffee does. How much satisfaction it gives you when your guest lifts the fragrant, steaming cup, sips the rich liquid, to see the smile of approval that flits across his face. For the very distinguished guest is especially... Continue Reading →

Cottage Kitchen ~1855

Victorian Kitchen Necessities. A brief overview of what our kitchens would have if we were to set up house in 1855.     A visual, if you please:   What's missing for you? I would need a coffee pot. Maybe a few more bowls. Source: Soyer's Shilling Cookery for the People, 1855. More Fun Discoveries... Continue Reading →

Derby Time! Mint Julep ~1886

Mint Julep Recipe. This Mint Julep recipe post is dedicated to those of you who will be enjoying the Kentucky Derby tomorrow! Cheers! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks May Menu ~1884 Spinage ~1825 Bubble and Squeak ~1855 Source: Miss Corson's Practical American Cookery and Household Management, 1886.

Mushrooms ~1855

Very Unique Mushroom Recipe. Alexis starts off in the typical style, with prose to Eloise...leading into the recipe proper for a mushroom sandwich, which is truly unique. If I understand correctly, the recipe came to Alexis through some divine intervention. Glass jars? Vapor? Check out that last sentence - I want to know what kind... Continue Reading →

On Pies ~1855

Introductory Material on Pies. Priceless line: "To pass in review these culinary victims..." I'm going to tuck that one aside for later use. It seems Alexis has a pet peeve for pies. Source: Soyer's Shilling Cookery for the People, 1855. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Potage au Choux ~1825 Crust and Lentil Puree Soup... Continue Reading →

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