Aunt Laura’s Breakfast Potatoes ~1875

Scalloped Potato Recipe. Aunt Laura's Breakfast Potatoes - part recipe, part glimpse at another life in another era. These are some of my favorite discoveries. I sit contemplating whether Aunt Laura would have been happier born 100 years later, pursuing a high-powered managerial career, eating California fusion cuisine delivered by Blue Apron at the end... Continue Reading →

October Menu ~1884

October Menu. Welcome October! Fall is truly here. This month's menu comes from the Franco-American Cookery Book; Or, how to live well and eat wisely every day of the year. This menu is quite the production! From stewed frogs to French fries, there's something for everyone. The poor snipe is featured, again. I'm surprised there... Continue Reading →

Potato Pudding ~1877

Potato Pudding Recipe. Note: 41 ounces is about 2.5 lbs. That's quite a bit of potato! Perfect for leftover mashed potatoes. 4 ounces of butter is 1 stick. Will post this with every intention of coming back to experiment. If it comes out edible, has potential as a gluten free dessert. I just finished watching... Continue Reading →

War and Potatoes ~1917

WWI Reference through Potato Recipe. We return again with Bettina and her unique cookbook A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband, c. 1917. The cookbook weaves a narrative of the life of a newly married couple and their social interactions with their neighbors, focusing on household management. Each chapter starts out with a dialog of... Continue Reading →

How to Choose a Potato ~1855

Selecting Potatoes. If, on the contrary.... Wow. This is way more than I ever knew about selecting potatoes. I don't think that I realized there were gradients of flavor or texture. Huh. Learn something every day. Source: Soyer's Shilling Cookery for the People, 1855. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Ice Cream ~1866 Potato Puff... Continue Reading →

Potatoes with Verjuice ~1825

Pommes de Terre au Verjus - French Style Recipe. Here's a very contemporary-looking recipe for potatoes with verjuice. One can never have too many potato dishes in one's back pocket. This particular recipe comes from a cookbook for those of "moderate fortune" - meaning you will find recipes with meat, fish, wine, herbs, sugar, etc.... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Potato Omelet ~ 1900

This potato omelet recipe looks similar to tortilla espanola. This comes from a Creole cook book - bilingual no less! Ooh la la! More Fun Discoveries Table Covers ~1886 The Flabby Entrée ~1893 Coffee Custard ~1905

Potato Puff Balls ~1941

Always looking for ways to re-purpose mashed potatoes...'Potato Puff Balls' sounded so perfect, I just had to give this one a try. This recipe comes from a condensed pamphlet entitled 250 Ways of Serving Potatoes (Culinary Arts Institute, 1941) - containing everything from baked potatoes, to potato salad, to potato puff balls! One note: Mashed... Continue Reading →

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