October Poem ~1917

Feeling Fall. Source: A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband, c. 1917. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Stock ~1855 Gotham Pudding ~1866 Navigating Antique Cookbooks 101

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 →

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?... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

To Choose and Prepare Crabs ~1881

To Choose and Prepare Crabs. Thinking about crab for the New Year feast? Here are some general considerations. Oddly enough, the actual preparation of removing the meat and mixing it with oil, vinegar, salt and pepper, and cayenne pepper - then placing it back in the shell - was how it was prepared when I... Continue Reading →

White House Christmas Dinner ~1889

Christmas Menu from the Ladies in Washington 1889. The leading ladies of Washington have been called upon to furnish a special dinner for your readers... I like Vice-President and Mrs. Morton already. Family values shine through! They were using 'xmas' back in 1889. Who knew? More Fun Discoveries Maryland Egg-Nogg ~1889 Dear Santa ~1900 A... Continue Reading →

Christmas Dinner Menu ~1889

  Victorian Era Christmas Dinner Menu. This Christmas Dinner menu will look familiar to today's reader. Is it missing anything? More Fun Discoveries A Christmas Party ~1866 Turkey Scalloped 1881 Apples Prepared for Nice Pies ~1851 Source: Salt Lake Herald, December 25, 1889.

Salted Almonds ~1897

Salted Almonds Recipe Need an appetizer? This looks AMAZING! I love the fact that these are served with olives and pickles. Very, very continental. More Fun Discoveries Golden Sunshine Cake – 1922 Meets 2017 Teen Pumpkin Soup ~1866 Corn Pudding ~1905  

Maryland Egg-Nogg ~1889

  Maryland Egg-Nogg Recipe. 1 Gallon of Milk 12 Eggs 15 Tbs. Sugar 1 Nutmeg 1 Pint Brandy 1 Pint Jamaica Rum All before getting out of bed - Wow! Bring on the screaming kids! Of course the irony here is that the recipe is printed in the Salt Lake Herald. Hmm... More Fun Discoveries... Continue Reading →

Dear Santa ~1900

I stumbled across this treasure of a find and had to share. There is an entire page of letters to read here. Happy holidays! More Fun Discoveries Dinner Party Preparations ~1897 Fortified Egg-Nog ~1886 Cream Peppermints ~1897 Source: The Monroe City Democrat, December 13, 1900.

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Spiced Gingerbread – From Maine ~1889

Spice Gingerbread - Simple, straightforward gingerbread recipe. Caroline F. Frye certainly didn't waste words! What spices would you use? Source: The Salt Lake Herald, December 25, 1889. More Fun Discoveries Soft Gingerbread ~1866 On Persimmons ~1863 Spinning Sugar ~1886

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