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,…

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…

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…

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…

Chocolate Cake ~1897

Here's to National Chocolate Cake Day. Happy National Chocolate Cake Day! Did you know that it was a challenge to find a chocolate cake recipe? Much more common are the spice cakes, rum cakes, citrus cakes, etc. I'm not sure why, but my conjecture is that there just weren't that many variations on chocolate cake?…

Whipped Cream ~1897

Happy National Whipped Cream Day! As a kid, did your parents ever give you a pint of  cream and a whisk and say: "Mix this until it becomes whipped cream?" And you're mixing, and mixing, and mixing - and nothing happens. Then you think: Yeah right. They're making all this whipped cream stuff up. Then…

Cape Cod Clam Chowder ~1866

Cape Cod Clam Chowder Recipe. Whenever I make clam chowder, it always seems really involved. I love this recipe because you fry the salt pork, layer the ingredients, and then let it cook. Simple! Note the absence of cream/milk. Ingredients Salt pork (bacon or breakfast ham) Crackers (or Gluten free bread in my house) Sliced…