Strawberry Season! 1920

Strawberry-Themed Menu June 1920. Strawberry season is well and truly here! Yay! We are surrounded by strawberry fields, and have the luxury of indulging in sweet strawberry abundance for a pittance. I pick up a half-flat every Monday afternoon at the local farmers market with good intentions to whip up marvelous confections. Alas, by Tuesday…

Orange Salad ~1855

Orange and Brandy Salad Recipe. I posted this recipe previously, but finally had a chance to go back and make it for a gathering - with great success! Ingredients: 6 Oranges 1/4 cup white sugar 1/4 pint or 1 teacup of brandy, rum, or Madeira Notes: Make ahead and let chill for several hours or…

Orange Salad ~1855

This Is NOT Salad. Not that I'm complaining, but this definitely does not qualify for salad. This recipe obviously pre-dates the temperance movement. Totally meets the 5 ingredients or less threshold for ease and simplicity. Ingredients: 6 Oranges 1/4 cup white sugar 1/4 pint or 1 teacup of brandy, rum, or Madeira More Fun Discoveries…

December Menu ~1844

December Menu - Welcome December! This bill of fare for 8 people includes giblet soup, broiled eels and potatoes, veal, turkey liver, and glazed apples. A hearty winter meal. This menu and recipe set comes from the Franco-American Cookery Book (1844). The book is unique because it is organized around menus for each day of…

On Persimmons ~1863

The Search for Persimmons - Persimmons are truly a seasonal and regional fruit. The local farmers' market has been flush with persimmons for the past few weeks and I've been looking for persimmon recipes with little luck. Then, a happy coincidence. The Library of Congress had a special blog post on early American beer brewing…

Apple Jam ~ 1876

Apple Jam Recipe Ingredients: Brown sugar Sour apples (pared, cored, chopped fine) Grated rind of 2 lemons White ginger Note: The ginger is essential to its peculiar excellence (which I think is a unique taste twist!) More Fun Discoveries Rich Baked Apple Pudding ~1890 Apples Prepared for Nice Pies ~1851 Coffee Monday: French Coffee and…

Baked Apples ~1886

Who doesn't love apples, brown sugar, and cream?!? Makes a very nice dessert. This is an easy recipe for baked apples: Slice them up Sprinkle with 1 cup of brown sugar & 1 cup of water Bake Cool and dust with powdered sugar Serve with cream The apples would be very tender if cut into…

Fried Peaches ~1866

We once lived in a house with a scraggly peach tree in the backyard. Each year, I would pick the peaches when they were still not quite ripe in order to save them from the birds. We used them for peach jam. This recipe for under ripe fried peaches would have been delicious! Hopefully a…

Dried Peaches ~1866

This recipe is interesting because it also offers insight into the daily lives of our cooks. They cut the fruit up in the morning and leave it in the sunshine all day. Then when the baking is done, they move the fruit into the oven. I recall hearing once that 6-7 hours/day was spent cooking…