Cookery for the Poor ~1819

General Remarks and Hints. I promise a few hints, to enable every family to assist the poor of their neighbourhood at a very trivial expense; and these may be varied or amended at the discretion of the mistress. This excerpt speaks to the value placed on philanthropy and giving in Victorian homes. I've never come... Continue Reading →

Bettina’s Spice Cake ~1917

Spice Cake Recipe. When baking spice cake, the entire house feels as if it is wrapped in cinnamon love. Last week's spice cake lasted several days, and was the go-to food for kids rushing out the door for the bus. So, I decided to try a different version - similar, but different. Ingredients 2 cups... Continue Reading →

12 Sandwich Recipes ~1897

One Dozen Unique Sandwich Recipes. The first image on this one is pretty bad - but we're going with it because it's such a great find. Not your typical sandwich shop list. Here's to some inspiration! "In making sandwiches, whether for traveling,  lunches or for any entertainment, home-made bread is the better for this purpose. Cut... Continue Reading →

Spice Cake ~1905

Spice Cake Recipe. This spice cake comes out something like a coffee cake. Not overly sweet and mild. Spice Cake No. 2 looks to be a bit spicier! The raisins are a nice touch. Big hit with The Daughter and The Son. Ingredients 3 cups gluten-free flour, sifted (regular flour if you're so inclined) 2... Continue Reading →

Rice Muffins ~1910

Rice Muffin Recipe. Ever on the lookout for new rice recipes, this one caught my eye. It's a little skimpy on the specifics, so let's try to update, shall we? I'm adding the last 2 ingredients for a little flavor. It doesn't use baking powder, so I omitted as well and hoped for the best... Continue Reading →

Fried Quoits~1910

Fried Quoits Recipe. Dear Readers - I need your help! What, you ask, is a quoit? I hope someone here knows. Tried the old Google standby and it came up blank. Did a cross-reference on the Library of Congress newspaper database and it also came up blank. This is a first for me. Take a look... Continue Reading →

Camping/Baking Art ~1910

Baking Techniques for Camping. If you missed it, yesterday's post was on baking biscuits on a stick when camping. If you thought that was pretty ingenious, today's excerpts are absolute must-trys for any kids' camping expedition. Here are two merit-badge worthy baking techniques for the intrepid camper: Read more about the Australian Damper here. If... Continue Reading →

Camping Biscuits ~1910

Ingenious Baking Techniques. A little background on making biscuits when camping to start your day: Honestly, that pretty much sums up gluten free bread. Ha! Time for a little editorial re-write: "Who has not met with gluten-free bread, Rolled out of putty and weighted of lead?" But I digress... Here are three actual techniques, which... Continue Reading →

Cinnamon Toast & Canning Orgies ~1917

An Afternoon with Bettina Back to Bettina! Our newlywed whose cookbook is organized through a (seemingly) innocent narrative to help instruct in the art of cookery, from A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband. As you can imagine, the title has made it a best seller over the past 100 years. Check out this delightful... Continue Reading →

Pastry Rules ~1917

Bettina's Pastry Rules. Here's a quick and dirty guide for pastry. Any other tips out there? As a gluten free family, we don't really do pastry - but one can still drool from afar... Good for the waistband if nothing else. Source: A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband, c. 1917. More Fun Discoveries from Antique... Continue Reading →

Crust and Lentil Puree Soup ~1825

Potage de Croûte a la Purée. Prep. Time: 5 min Cook Time: 20 min Serves: 4 Ingredients: 2 cups lentils 6 - 10 cups broth 4 slices bread/ 2 cups bread crusts 1/2 cup meat drippings (chicken) Pre-heat oven 350°. Step 1: Place the drippings in the bottom of an oven-safe tureen. Put the bread... Continue Reading →

Gluten Free Bread Pudding 1924

Bread Pudding Recipe What to do with those bread heels? (especially gluten free ones - which are on the edge of edible, if you know what I mean...) Save them until you have enough for bread pudding! This bread pudding recipe comes from Fannie Farmer's Boston School of Cooking cookbook. I did not pre-scald the... Continue Reading →

The Housewife ~1897

Housewife, 1897 "You said you weren't going to take out the garbage? I encourage you to reconsider..." Lovely pic. More Fun Discoveries Pork Butchery ~1856 You Will Slay Them By The Thousand ~1856 Wesson Cooking Oil ~1900

Indian Slap-Jacks ~1886

Indian Slap Jacks - With Snow. This is the first and only recipe I've run across that uses newly-fallen snow as an egg substitute. If anyone tries this, I would love to hear about it! Note: Indian meal is cornmeal. More Fun Discoveries Dish of Snow, Whipt Cream ~1866 Rules for Eating ~1866 Potato Omelet... 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

Soft Gingerbread ~1866

Soft Gingerbread Recipe Note: Saleratus is baking soda. The introductory remarks suggest sticking a broom straw in the center of the bread. If it comes out clean, it's done. If it has bread sticking on it, it needs more time to bake. Broom straw/toothpick more or less interchangeable I suppose. The toothpick industry sure saw... Continue Reading →

Gotham Pudding ~1866

  Today's post of Gotham Pudding is in honor of Batman Day. I salute you, Mrs. Corwen, as a kindred Batman spirit from across the ages! Source: Mrs. Corwen's American Lady's Cookery Book, 1866. More Delightful Discoveries Bathing: Cures Insanity, Prevents Cholera ~1856 Cures: Teething, Scurvy, Rattlesnakes, Etc. ~1856 It Is Not Merely a Question... Continue Reading →

Bread Pudding ~1887

I never know what to do with leftover bread crusts. We are a gluten free house, which means that the bread we buy is already barely edible. That said, I'm not one to throw food away, and there must be 3 bags of heels and bread bits in the freezer. Our various attempts to use... Continue Reading →

Illustration: Pastry ~1886

Today's post is dedicated to all of the Cook's Illustrated enthusiasts out there! Thank you, Miss Corson, for keeping it real for all 19th century home cooks. More Fun Discoveries Corn Bread Recipe ~1905 At the Head of the Vegetable Class Stands Bread ~1856 Cannelons With Cream ~1886 Source: Miss Corson's Practical American Cookery and... Continue Reading →

Whortleberry Fried-Cakes ~1886

What, you are probably asking yourself, is a whortleberry? Well, I'm glad you did asked. Other names include: bilberry and lingonberry. The name huckleberry is derived from whortleberry (Huckle/Whortle - I suppose I see the similarity). Whortleberries are often confused with blueberries. Blueberries were cultivated from hybrids only about 100 years ago, which I did... Continue Reading →

Corn Bread Recipe ~1905

Source: New England Cook Book, by Marion Harland, Miss. M. Parloa, Mrs. D.A.Lincoln, Thomas J.Murrey And Many Other Authorities. 1905. The Chas. E. Brown Publishing Co. Boston, New York, Chicago Note: In making this recipe, I substituted: 3/4 cup for the heaping cupfuls, vegetable oil for lard, and a 400° oven for a quick oven.... Continue Reading →

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