On Butter: Preserving, Freshening, and Additives ~1856

"It has been kept a secret, but its value requires publicity!" Even in 1856, we were adding preservatives and additives to butter. Winter's right around the corner, so it's time to start working! More Fun Discoveries Salamanders: Not a Recipe ~1886 Spinach…Contains Little Nourishment ~1856 To Bottle Fruit (With Hay?) ~1866   A practical recipe…

Baked Apples ~1886

Who doesn't love apples, brown sugar, and cream?!? Makes a very nice dessert. This is an easy recipe for baked apples: Slice them up Sprinkle with 1 cup of brown sugar & 1 cup of water Bake Cool and dust with powdered sugar Serve with cream The apples would be very tender if cut into…

Potato Puff Balls ~1941

Always looking for ways to re-purpose mashed potatoes...'Potato Puff Balls' sounded so perfect, I just had to give this one a try. This recipe comes from a condensed pamphlet entitled 250 Ways of Serving Potatoes (Culinary Arts Institute, 1941) - containing everything from baked potatoes, to potato salad, to potato puff balls! One note: Mashed…

Elmina Wins a Prize WWII Cookbook

Video time! The best part of this cookbook is the inside cover. Elmina proudly pinned the newspaper article where she won first prize for the strawberry recipe contest! Way to go Elmina! More Fun Discoveries: Introduction: Elmina H. Allen's 1930s-1940s Homemade Cookbook Elmina Shares Winning Strawberry Shortcake Recipe – WWII Cookbook A Toast to Fannie…

Victorian Picnic Menu ~1880

Happy Labor Day to all those celebrating the end of summer 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,…

Elmina’s Home Remedies – WWII

Video time! Elmina has an extensive list of home remedies for a variety of common ills. She mentions getting some of these from the local doctor and others from neighbors. Fascinating peek at self-care in the 1930s. More Fun Discoveries: Introduction: Elmina H. Allen's 1930s-1940s Homemade Cookbook Elmina Wins a Prize Elmina Shares Winning Strawberry…

Wesson Cooking Oil ~1900

It is perfectly digestible, which lard is not. It is cleanly and free from disease-taint to which swine, from which lard is made, are liable. Dyspeptics can with impunity enjoy food made with it. It goes twice as far as lard or butter and is therefore cheaper. Wesson's Salad Oil is far greater value than…

Ice Cream ~1866

Ice Cream - May be made thus: Check out this wonderful recipe. What I like about it is that it includes directions for flavoring with fruit juice - au natural! More Fun Discoveries How to Make Ice Cream ~1866 Strawberry Syrup ~1866 To Make Lemonade ~1866  

Fried Tomatoes ~ 1866

At the local farmer's market on Monday, a young stand worker took out a huge cardboard box, hefted it over her head, and poured out hundreds of tomatoes into a mountainous red sea. Ah, summer! Here's an easy, 3 ingredient fried tomato recipe for all of you enjoying bountiful harvests. Fried Tomatoes, Victorian-Style! NB: Needs…