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

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 →

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 →

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 →

Summer Dining ~1897

Chirk table-talk beneath the shadowing trees...  Chirk is cheerful. Love the bonnet on the woman near the man with the top hat. That is formidable! More Fun Discoveries Victorian Picnic Menu ~1880 Ice Cream ~1866 Fried Tomatoes ~ 1866  

Food for Picnics ~1915

Planning a Picnic. The weather is finally coming around and it is a grand time for picnics! Here's a fun planning guide for picnics circa 1915. I'm not sure why bread has fallen out of fashion, but lemonade remains a faithful standby. This looks like an a delicious feast! A far cry from hot dogs,... Continue Reading →

Happy National Banana Day!

Bananarchist 1898. You can't make something this good up! Happy national banana day. Source: Kansas Agitator, 1898. More Fun Discoveries. Market Notes: Vegetables and Fruit ~1866 Victorian Kitchen Gadgets ~1897 Dried Peaches ~1866  

Caramels and Popcorn ~1908

Caramels and Popcorn Recipe. Happy caramel popcorn day! To celebrate, here's an easy recipe for chocolate-covered popcorn. But wait, I hear you asserting: Chocolate covered popcorn isn't caramel popcorn! You're correct! Caramels was used a generic term to cover all things sweets. Finding this recipe was a challenge, and I didn't come across one until... Continue Reading →

Happy Easter

Easter Greetings Warm Regards to All, Convivial Supper More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Fannie Farmer Mint Glazed Carrots Housekeeping Recipe 1913 To Test Eggs (Seriously?!? They knew this in 1876?)  

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 →

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 →

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