Welcome May! Here's is a seasonal menu from 1808. What I like about this particular publication, is that the dishes are arranged as you would find them on the table for service. It gives the home cook a visual image of how the dishes are to be presented. Notice, for example, the flowers in the... Continue Reading →
1920s Menu for St. Patricks's Birthday. Artichoke Salad Filet of Beef, Larded Horseradish Sauce Irish Potatoes au Natural with Parsley Creamed Spinach Shamrock Rolls Creme de Menthe Ice French Pastry in Fancy Shapes Green Mints Demitasse More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Lemonade ~1911 A Concise History of Home Distillery Collyflowers! ~1744
I love this menu - lots of variety! Note the ligheter, meatless dinner. Along with three easy recipes: Doughnuts, Corned Beef Hash, and Maple Wafers.
A General Menu from the 1880s. Welcome March! Today's General Bill of Fare is "general", so I'm including it as our March menu. The layout offers a flexible pick-and-choose style. For breakfast, select your meat, potato, bread, and relish. Dinner is similar to breakfast, but adds vegetables, desserts, and drinks. Then comes tea, which adds sauce, cake,... Continue Reading →
February Menu 1884. Welcome February! Still waiting for the farmers market to usher in spring vegetables. And waiting... My favorite vendor said that the farm won't have new produce crops until mid-March. Alas, we make do with dandelion greens for salads, parsley, and the ever optimistic seasonal citrus. At some point, I'm going to cover... Continue Reading →
January Dinner Menu from the 1880s. January Menu Welcome January! This bill of fare for 8 people includes rice, salmon, boiled potatoes, beef fillet, cauliflower, turkey with jelly, celery, and plum pudding. A heart meal for the middle of winter. Happy New Year! Source: Franco-American Cookery Book, 1844. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Pork... Continue Reading →
Dinner. Dancing. Merriment. Starting with dinner. A full menu with oysters, crudités, bass, Hollandaise sauce, melted potatoes, prime beef, Yorkshire pudding, brussel sprouts, stuffed eggplant, a goose, sweet potatoes, celery, beets, mayonnaise, plum pudding with hard sauce, cheese, fruit and coffee. Moving to dancing. To general merriment. Bon-bon parties! Bean bag parties! And oh-so much more! How... Continue Reading →
Georgian Menu and Table Layout. Source: The complete English cook; or, Prudent housewife. Being, a collection of the most general, yet least expensive receipts in every branch of cookery and good housewifery, with directions for roasting, boiling, stewing [etc.] ... together with directions for placing dishes on tables of entertainment: and many other things equally... Continue Reading →