Modern Mode of Serving Meat Dishes ~1880

Mrs. Beeton Serving Meat Prints. These four pages are taken from Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management. The book includes several colored pages of illustrations throughout, which were a huge selling point. Other than the holidays, I know I really don't plate our everyday meals, it's just not practical. The thought, however, has a formal... Continue Reading →

Corned Beef Hash ~1895

The Day After St. Patrick's. Nothing like a dinner of heavy food and Guinness to make you fully appreciate fresh salads and fruit smoothies with chia seeds. But those delicious leftovers are beckoning from the fridge! Corned beef hash embraces all of the necessary stick-to-your-ribs kind of meal qualities. High carb. High protein. Savory. Salty.... Continue Reading →

Antique Meat Thermometer

Pork Roast Temperatures. Mercurial Readings. What is the appropriate internal temperature for a pork roast? Seems like an easy enough question. However, did you know that the USDA updated the guidelines for safe pork temperatures just recently in 2011? News to me. They now recommend that pork is safe at 145°F. I'm not big on... Continue Reading →

A Lesson on Beef ~1902

Cows in Old Cookbooks. Moo. Let beeves and home-bred kine partake The sweets of Burn-Mill meadow. - Wordsworth By the time we move into the late 1800s and early 1900s, cookbooks have settled into some predictable patterns. Chapters are mostly divided into the type of dish being served, for example cakes or soups, or the... Continue Reading →

Snapdragon and Roast Goose ~1900

1900s Christmas Game. Yup. I've been to parties where I could see that people would think that lighting alcohol on fire would be a good idea. And for the table: Roast Goose Recipe Source: Cameron County Press, 1900. More Fun Discoveries From Antique Cookbooks Christmas Dinner Menu ~1889 Remarks on Pie Making ~1866 Christmas Eggnog... Continue Reading →

Christmas Turkey ~1855

Boiled Turkey and Gravy Recipe. This recipe is taken from Soyer's shilling cookery for the people.  The cooking method is ingenious, as it's a one-pot Christmas dinner. Included: stuffing, gravy, and soup! I love that it adds bacon to the pot for both salt and flavor. Has anyone tried boiling a whole turkey? I may have... Continue Reading →

To Re-Cook Cold Turkey ~1881

Leftover Turkey Recipe. Hope all of my readers who celebrate Thanksgiving enjoyed a lovely day! We had the traditional meal here with my folks. Good company, good food, good memories. Of course, one of the side benefits of having a large, traditional feast are the leftovers. It's an excuse to eat that piece of pumpkin... Continue Reading →

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