To Carve Roast Turkey ~1886

  How to Carve a Turkey Ah, the 1 day a year when you get to wield your knives in an unwieldy fashion. Fear not! Your trusty Practical American Cookery book has your back and gives step-by-step instructions on how to carve the Thanksgiving turkey.If you look really closely, you can see the dotted lines…

Turkey Scalloped 1881

Turkey Scalloped Got leftovers? This is a spinoff of the turkey pie you would make with mashed potatoes. Instead of potatoes, layer a dish with breadcrumbs, a little milk, turkey, dressing, butter, and gravy. The final layer is a mixture of 2 eggs, milk, melted butter, and cracker crumbs in a thick, spreadable paste on…

Remarks on Pie Making ~1866

Remarks on Pies What we learn here is that: pumpkin pie is the crowning dish of the Thanksgiving feast (a fact my family fully appreciates); mince pies are for Christmas; and tartlet mince pies should be served on New-Year's day. Finally, apple pies should ALWAYS be served with roast pig or goose - Or a…

Mulled Wine ~ 1876

Mulled Wine Ingredients: 1 pint Madeira wine 1 pint hot water Sugar & spice to taste (cloves, cinnamon, anise) 6 egg yolks Teacupful of sweet cream Hmm... This sounds like a great recipe for a holiday party with lots of trusting friends. More Fun Discoveries Interpreting Victorian Baking Temperatures ~1866 Plain Rice (Free of Slime)…

On Pumpkins ~1885

Will you be carving pumpkins soon? Halloween is right around the corner in the U.S., so here's a small snippet from 1885 to get everyone in the mood! The Pumpkin regains its popularity when prepared for use in pies. Some varieties grow to an immense size, and when dry are cut into the shape of…

Gotham Pudding ~1866

  Today's post of Gotham Pudding is in honor of Batman Day. I salute you, Mrs. Corwen, as a kindred Batman spirit from across the ages! Source: Mrs. Corwen's American Lady's Cookery Book, 1866. More Delightful Discoveries Bathing: Cures Insanity, Prevents Cholera ~1856 Cures: Teething, Scurvy, Rattlesnakes, Etc. ~1856 It Is Not Merely a Question…

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,…

Army Slap-Jacks ~1886

Today's recipe post is in honor of the U.S. Army's birthday, June 14, 1775. Hooah! This recipe came out during the Apache Wars, a series of conflicts between the U.S. and the Apache Nations between 1880 - 1889. Think Dances with Wolves. It's easy to imagine a hot skillet slathered with pork fat, frying up…