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…

Christmas Eggnog ~1866

Christmas Egg Nog Recipe So the huge issue that we home-cooks typically have with homemade egg nog is that it uses raw eggs. I'm curious to know if all of the alcohol included in this recipe basically nullifies any possibility of food poisoning...Maybe that's not how it works, but I'd like to think so because…

A Christmas Party ~1866

Hosting a Christmas Party in 1866 If you read newspaper articles about Christmas celebrations printed during the American Civil War, you'll come across descriptions of food shortages and rampant inflation, especially in the South. The interesting thing about Jenni June's book is that it was printed in 1866, one year after the end of the…