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 →

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