Chili Meat 1938

Sunset Chili Recipe. Today's recipe comes from a fun cookbook, a 1938 Sunset Kitchen Cabinet Cook Book. All of the margins include cartoons detailing the steps in the recipe. Here's the one for chili: I always enjoy compilation cookbooks, where the contributors submit recipes and then sign off on the bottom - gives recipes a... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Maxwell House 1919

Happy Monday! The hat says 'Father Knickerbocker' which was the name of one of Washington Irving's friends around 1800 who was a character in Irving's first book. The name also became eponymous for knickerbockers as a piece of clothing that the character wore - not to the hat, as one might imagine in this image, but rather to... Continue Reading →

Rice Muffins ~1910

Rice Muffin Recipe. Ever on the lookout for new rice recipes, this one caught my eye. It's a little skimpy on the specifics, so let's try to update, shall we? I'm adding the last 2 ingredients for a little flavor. It doesn't use baking powder, so I omitted as well and hoped for the best... Continue Reading →

Skilligalee ~1910

Skilly Soup Recipe. Today's post is as much a feast of colorful vocabulary as it is one of food. I can't easily find the origin of skilligalee, but it comes up as a thin broth or porridge, quite the opposite of the description below. There's a fabulous thread about it here on the Campfire Cooking forum... Continue Reading →

American Wild Fruits ~1910

List of Seasonal American Wild Fruits. Any regional favorites on this list? Any new ones? I've never heard of the Scarlet Thorn. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Medicinal Preparations And Herbs, Which Every Family Ought To Keep On Hand ~1856/2017 Cures: Teething, Scurvy, Rattlesnakes, Etc. ~1856 Chocolate and a Mysterious Ending ~1856

Pie or Cobbler? ~1910

Pie Recipe for Camping. "It is not to be presumed that a mere male camper can make a good pie-crust in the regular way; but it is easy to make a wholesome and very fair pie-crust in an irregular way..." To be made with great circumspection and becoming reverence. Enjoy! Note to self: Don't give... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday ~1918

Yuban Advertisement 1918. Happy Monday! You see it in almost every grocer's window... More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Household Management: 4 Cultures 1915 Potatoes with Verjuice ~1825 Cream Custard ~1866

Camping Soup ~1910

Notes on Soup Making. Any soup fans out there? We're big soup people in my home. Usually made out of weekend leftovers of some sort prepared in the slow cooker and smelling like heaven after a day at work. Today's post has a longer excerpt because it is (1) entertaining, and (2) thorough. It actually... Continue Reading →

The Daily Menu ~1915

Happy Friday! Here's a little inspiration for your meals today. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks War and Potatoes ~1917 Classic: Broiled Salmon ~1922 Household Management: 4 Cultures 1915

Baked Beans ~1910

Beans, Baked - Recipe for Camping. Beans are a strong food, ideal for active men in cold weather. ... But when one is only beginning camp life he should be careful not to overload his stomach with beans, for they are rather indigestible until you have toned up your stomach...   In case you missed... Continue Reading →

Cinderella Birthday Party ~1904

Cinderella Centerpiece. This is a brilliant find, fully deserving of a blog post. Source: New York Tribune, 1904. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Breakfast Inspiration: Poached Eggs on Toast ~1917 Rice and Cheese 1913 How to Choose a Potato ~1855

Coffee Monday ~1918

Yuban Advertisement 1918 Happy Monday! This one is lovely. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Breakfast Inspiration: Poached Eggs on Toast ~1917 Author’s Message from the Past ~1866 The Housewife ~1897  

Fried Quoits~1910

Fried Quoits Recipe. Dear Readers - I need your help! What, you ask, is a quoit? I hope someone here knows. Tried the old Google standby and it came up blank. Did a cross-reference on the Library of Congress newspaper database and it also came up blank. This is a first for me. Take a look... Continue Reading →

Camping/Baking Art ~1910

Baking Techniques for Camping. If you missed it, yesterday's post was on baking biscuits on a stick when camping. If you thought that was pretty ingenious, today's excerpts are absolute must-trys for any kids' camping expedition. Here are two merit-badge worthy baking techniques for the intrepid camper: Read more about the Australian Damper here. If... Continue Reading →

Needed for a Picnic~1903

Essential Items for your Picnic Success. Ahhh... summer! At last! Check out this fantastic list of items you'll need to guarantee a fabulous time. Top of the list? Several persons with a sense of humor. Love it! Also included:  A red tablecloth Little red fringed napkins Lots of sandwiches A cold chicken that's been disjointed... Continue Reading →

Camping Biscuits ~1910

Ingenious Baking Techniques. A little background on making biscuits when camping to start your day: Honestly, that pretty much sums up gluten free bread. Ha! Time for a little editorial re-write: "Who has not met with gluten-free bread, Rolled out of putty and weighted of lead?" But I digress... Here are three actual techniques, which... Continue Reading →

Possum Recipe ~1910

Possum Recipe for Camping. This is the first time I have ever come across a possum recipe. Ever. Which is saying something. Note that he is to be served with sweet potatoes - except in desperate extremity. Read on!The details...   Brace yourself for this next paragraph - explicit historical and cultural reference pervade. Anyone... Continue Reading →

Camping Stoves ~1910

Camping Stoves Early 1900s. Oh, I do hope that you read this one in its entirety - if nothing more than for the mule's sake. Note that the Klondike Gold Rush happened between 1896 and 1899, hence this beauty's namesake. Here's a link to Camp Cookery, more to come. Happy camping! More Fun Discoveries from Antique... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Dated Coffee ~1937

Chase and Sanborn Dated Coffee.   Happy Monday! What, you may ask, is dated coffee? Dated coffee is always delicious and never has that rancid taste. It sounds expensive, yet its extra richness actually costs you less! Start buying rich but inexpensive Chase and Sanborn dated coffee from your grocer tomorrow and enjoy richer Iced... Continue Reading →

Raspberry Wine ~1810

Berry Season! This raspberry wine recipe comes from A New System of Domestic Cookery (1810). What I really like about it is that (1) it's a simple recipe that's pretty much spot-on in terms of process, and (2) it's small batch. Typically these recipes come in batches of 50 gallons, so this one is a... Continue Reading →

Kitchen Woodcut ~1810

And I complain about the dishes at my house! Ha! This is a lovely woodcut. Source: A new system of domestic cookery; formed upon principles of enonomy: and adapted to the use of private families. 1810. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Mutton Chops ~1855 Coffee Monday: Washington’s Coffee Ice Cream ~1866

Camp Cookery Provisions ~1910

Camp Cookery As Art and Science "The knack of camping outfitting consists in getting the best kit in the least weight and bulk." Here's a brief excerpt from Camp Cookery's Chapter 1: Provisions. A thoroughly enjoyable read as the author writes in a knowledgeable, yet conversational, manner. The reader immediately senses that there is a... Continue Reading →

Introduction to Camp Cookery ~1910

Camping This Summer? We are! Here's a really fantastic find: The book is organized around categories of food, but also time needed for preparation: Here are some sample recipes in the Quick, Medium and Slow categories All I can say is, thank goodness for pre-canned baked beans, cuz that's a camping staple for us and... Continue Reading →

Victorian Picnic Menu ~1880

Happy Fourth of July to my friends in the US! A fine day for picnics, no? Here's a must-bring list from 1880. How does your shopping list compare? A joint of cold roast beef, a joint of cold boiled beef, 2 ribs of lamb, 2 shoulders of lamb, 4 roast fowls, 2 roast ducks, 1... Continue Reading →

Improved Stove ~1807

Kitchen Stove Early 1800s. Time for a little I-spy. Can you find: 8 Spoons Lathe Spigot 1 Bucket 6 Oven Areas Anything strike you as interesting in this new and improved stove, circa 1807? Share your thoughts in the comments below! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Curious Effects of Imagination ~1855 Cucumber Recipes ~1897... Continue Reading →

Independence Cake ~1866

Wait... How many people is this supposed to serve?!? And just how big is this oven? Forget the oven - how big was the bowl??? Obviously an Independence Day celebration back in 1866 was some celebration! Bring on the party! Ingredients 20 lbs. of flour 15 lbs. of sugar 10 lbs. of butter 4 dozen... Continue Reading →

July Menu ~1884

July Menu 1884. Welcome July! This month's menu comes from the Franco-American Cookery Book; Or, how to live well and eat wisely every day of the year (Check out last July's menu, here). Here's to summer! This is a truly seasonal menu, you find a vegetable soup with asparagus and carrots, boiled artichokes, and raspberry ice-cream.... Continue Reading →

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