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…

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…