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 →

Hot Wine 1912

Warm Wine Recipe with Lemon and Cinnamon. Red or white? Either works! Classic mulled wine recipe to warm you inside and out through those long, frigid nights with just a few simple ingredients: Wine Brown sugar Cinnamon Orange/lemon rind Cheers! Source: Simple Italian Cookery, 1912 More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Soup for the Poor... Continue Reading →

Cornucopia ~2018

Homemade Gifts of Bounty. Quiet day on the homefront today. Spontaneous day off from the CinC allowed me to spend the morning at the DMV and then work on some stuff here and think about the holiday season coming up. I enjoy gifting presents of food and beverage. It's the physical embodiment of nurturing through... Continue Reading →

Holiday Humor ~1899

Victorian Christmas Cartoon Late 1800s. Happy holidays! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks. A Little Cooking Humor ~1897 10 Victorian Jokes ~ Advertisements 1897      

Coffee Monday El Perco ~1911

Happy Monday! How about free coffee and wafers while you're shopping? El Perco - Is this short for The Perco(lator)? Very clever, indeed. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Camping Soup ~1910 Fried Quoits~1910 Lighthouse Kitchen ~1855

Holiday Beverages ~1902

Wassail. Champagne Cup. Mulled Wine. Ale Flip. Metheglin. We just don't get recipes like this anymore in our daily newspaper. Sign of the times...Compliments of the New York Daily Tribune, 1902. Enjoy! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks White House Christmas Dinner ~1889 Maryland Egg-Nogg ~1889 A Christmas Party ~1866

December’s Kitchen Garden ~1744

Things to do in you garden in December. Welcome December! Are we dreaming of summer yet? Digressing slightly from the usual practice of posting a monthly menu on the first day of the new month, and instead offering a companion gardner for December from Adam's Luxury and Eve's Cookery. The book includes a monthly to-do... Continue Reading →

Collyflowers! ~1744

Three Cauliflower Recipes from the 1700s. Vindication at last that it is, indeed, pronounced collyflower - one of my favorite words to play with. Not only that, but you can pluralize it! (Oh my, spell checker doesn't like me at all! Not to fret, I've added it to the dictionary so that from here on... Continue Reading →

Apple Cyder ~1744

To Make Cyder. Apple cider is relatively simple to make. This recipe from 1744 is actually spot-on in terms of process. I started the batch above this past week (had to make room for the turkey!) and you'll note my bag is similar to the 'fine hair bag' mentioned. Also note the use of brimstone... Continue Reading →

Apple Tansey ~1744

Apple Tansey Recipe. This apple recipe is new for me. The interwebs has a surprising amount of information about the history of Apple Tansey, and informs us that the recipe was popular among colonists. Those recipes seem to call for flour, which is conspicuously absent from this present version. I would think that adding the flour... Continue Reading →

Corby Cake ~1915

Celebrating National Cake Day! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Chocolate Cake ~1897 Golden Sunshine Cake – 1922 Meets 2017 Teen Cannelons With Cream ~1886

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 →

Thanksgiving ~1911

Thanksgiving from the Bisbee Daily, 1911. Happy Holidays,  Convivial Supper More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Jellied Turkey ~1897 To Re-Cook Cold Turkey 1881 Inseparable from the Charm of the Turkey Is the Dressing Thereof ~1905  

Late 1800s Thanksgiving

Classic Thanksgiving Recipes. How about: Chicken Pie, Stuffing, Orange Salad, Corn Pudding, and Banana Fritters? Nice to mix it up from the old turkey and cranberry routine! Still not thrilled with the quality of the images, but the content is there! Turkey Alternative. Stuffing. Sides. Dessert. Source: The Anaconda Standard, 1898. More Fun Discoveries from Antique... Continue Reading →

7 Thanksgiving Menus ~1898

Good Things to Eat on Thanksgiving. Admittedly, the images on these menus are pretty poor. However, this find is such a delight that they just had to be shared. Check out the link below to see the entire page - recipes and all. Too busy changing the sheets for your house guests' imminent arrival? Or... Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving ~1895

I love this image. Incredibly modern, yet technically still in the Victorian period from 1895. Is it turkey time yet?!? Source: The Chap Book, 1895. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Thanksgiving Dinner ~1866 Remarks on Pie Making ~1866 Thanksgiving Pie “The Crown of the Feast”~1866

Thanksgiving ~1904

Thanksgiving Huntress. I prefer my turkey plucked and packaged, but there are wild turkeys around these here parts. Maybe next year... Source: Puck, 1904. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Thanksgiving Dinner ~1866 Remarks on Pie Making ~1866 Thanksgiving Pie “The Crown of the Feast”~1866

Thanksgiving Proclamation ~1863

Lincoln's Creation of a Holiday. Lincoln's proclamation to the nation creating Thanksgiving as a holiday as respite for a nation at war. Eloquent. Somber. Reflective. Source: The Smoky Hill and Republic Union, 1863. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Roast Turkey ~1875 Food Saving Tips ~1819 Friday Menu ~1910

Roast Turkey ~1875

Roasting Turkey. Seven more days until turkey time! This roast turkey recipe is surprisingly detailed. You crush the point of the breast-bone with a rolling pint, serve with curled sausage, and cranberries. I might try rubbing my turkey in an onion. Fun read. Source: In the Kitchen, 1875. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Inseparable... Continue Reading →

Golden Sunshine Cake ~1914

Easy Golden Sunshine Cake Recipe. The Girl turns 16 today. Wow! How did that happen? Cake time! I thought I had purchased a gluten free cake mix, but discovered that it was, in fact, a pizza mix lurking in the corner of the pantry. Oops. Plan B was to make a golden sunshine cake that... Continue Reading →

Carving ~1875

How to Carve a Turkey Time to ramp up the Thanksgiving holiday cooking-theme. I always thought it was an interesting dichotomy growing up: The Matriarch did the roasting. The Patriarch did the carving. Here was see the gender divide as well. Today? Well, if you're going to fry it in peanut oil, then I'm fine... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday Yuban WWI ~1917

WWI Yuban Coffee Advertisement. To all who celebrate Armistice Day or Veterans Day. "There is no shortage of coffee. You may drink as much as you are accustomed to - You will not deprive the soldiers or the women and children abroad of their share." Great find! Happy Monday! More Fun Discoveries American Domestic Cookery... Continue Reading →

Don’t Waste Bread ~1916

Le Pain. Translation: Our duty is not to waste bread. From a group of posters designed by school children and others, some marked "Affiche composée par les enfants de France pour la prévoyance et les économies." Celebrating the 100th anniversary to the end of WWI. To honor the event, I am sharing several posters under... Continue Reading →

WWI Save Bread Propaganda ~1919

Eat Potatoes. From a group of posters designed by school children. As someone who is deathly allergic to bread, these children largely reflect how I feel in the kitchen... The 100th anniversary of the end of WWI is coming up. To honor the event, I'll be sharing several posters under the category: 'Economic and Industrial... Continue Reading →

Save Bread~1916

Eat Potatoes. From a group of posters designed by school children. As someone who is deathly allergic to bread, I approve! The 100th anniversary of the end of WWI is coming up. To honor the event, I'll be sharing several posters under the category: 'Economic and Industrial Aspects'. Source: Library of Congress More Fun Discoveries... Continue Reading →

Wanted: 500 Bakers ~1917

Also 100 Cooks. Alas, 'baker' is no longer a job classification in the military. I'm sure there were several good jokes about the bakery company! The 100th anniversary of the end of WWI is coming up. To honor the event, I'll be sharing several posters under the category: 'Economic and Industrial Aspects'. Source: Library of... Continue Reading →

WWI Bread Poster ~1917

Help Win the War, Save Bread. The 100th anniversary of the end of WWI is coming up. To honor the event, I'll be sharing several posters under the category: 'Economic and Industrial Aspects'. Source: Library of Congress More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Election Cake ~1875 Pickles ~1819 Grape Harvest ~2018  

Election Cake ~1875

1879s Election Cake Recipe. Election day here in the US. Time to get your bake on. This recipe is quite involved. Makes 9 loves - plenty to share at the polls! (Find out about measurements here.) In 1875, Ulysses S. Grant was the President of the US; he helped lead the Union to victory over... Continue Reading →

Packing Lunches ~1920

The 1920s Lunchbox. The art of packing lunches has been foremost in my mind recently. Our local recycling company just announced that it would no longer accept plastic bags or plastic wrap of any sort. Now this has been some time coming. California already outlawed cheap plastic grocery bags (Yes, we also banned straws...evil straws.).... Continue Reading →

Friday Menu ~1920

Happy Friday. This is my kind of menu! Just watched Julie & Julia for the umpteenth time. One of my favorites. Fitting to have the Red Star Cooking School advertisement for today's post. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Pigeon Season ~1800 Summer Dining ~1897 Currant Wine ~1929

WWII Halloween Menu ~1943

Colorful WWII Halloween Menu. Happy Halloween, everyone! Here's a fascinating Halloween menu from World War II - its purpose was to be festive and improve morale. The chef deliberately chooses foods with fall colors. Notice the mention of rationing and food shortages. Read more about this menu's preparation here. Source: The Evening Star, 1943. More... Continue Reading →

Frivolous Halloween Follies ~1914

Early 1900s Ideas for Halloween. Decorations. Halloween Party Games. If you have some extra time, check out the source link below. Fun Halloween-themed newspaper edition on all things Halloween. You definitely get the idea that these parties were for young couples! The games are really creative. Would have been tremendous fun. Source: Evening Ledger, 1914.... Continue Reading →

Halloween Menu ~1922

1920s Halloween Meal from the National League Cookbook. Happy Halloween! Can you just imagine the roaring 20s and a fantastic costume party dinner? Prohibition probably meant that Cider had a little kick to it! Lots of Halloween parties this weekend ~enjoy! Source: Everywoman's Cook Book, 1922. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks On Pumpkins ~1885 La... Continue Reading →

6 Simple Dinner Menus ~1922

Easy Dinner Menus from the National League Cookbook. Item No.1 in Menu No.1 is Jellied Chicken Boullion - Simple? Not so sure. Hearty? Yes. Source: Everywoman's Cook Book, 1922. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Helps for Housekeepers ~1922 12 Sandwich Recipes ~1897 Chili Meat 1938

Happy Greasy Food Day ~1875

Celebrating Doughnut Recipes. Happy National Greasy Food Day! I could have brought you fried eggplant or fried eggs, but opted instead for some doughnuts. Something we can all appreciate with our morning coffee. Time to go grab a dozen for the office on the way to work! A slightly more involved version from Mrs. Boyd.... Continue Reading →

Keeping Cider Sweet ~1875

Preserving Cider. Are we all busy making cider, yet? We have two tubs of apples waiting to be processes - will get to it soon. I was hoping to find a cider recipe, but only found two for preservation. Very surprised at the mustard seed in the first. And for the second, let's just say... Continue Reading →

3 Simple Luncheon Menus ~1922

Easy Lunch Menus from the National League Cookbook. At what point did we move away from such delectables as Mushroom and Noodle Timbale and Prune Whip and substitute them for Subway? Source: Everywoman's Cook Book, 1922. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Lightning Tea Cakes ~1917 Eggs ~1855 Not to Blame ~1891

Yuban Business Man 1914

Coffee Monday. Yuban Advertisement. Happy Monday! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Coffee Monday: Malt Coffee 1905 Common Sense Papers on Cookery Overview L’Eau de la Vie Recipe 1837

Mother’s Pumpkin Pie ~1875

Pumpkin Pie Recipe 1870s. Cookbooks back in the day often included blank pages to add your own recipes. I'm not sure when recipe boxes came of fashion, but this method certainly helps keep things all together. Today's post is just such a recipe, written with exquisite penmanship and attributed to Mother. Enjoy! Source: In the... Continue Reading →

Friday Menu ~1910

Happy Friday. Source: The Spokane Press, January 22, 1910. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Raspberry Wine ~1810 Fried Quoits~1910 Camping Stoves ~1910

Chocolate Sauce Recipe ~1922

Easy Chocolate Sauce Recipe. It's full-on candy season here in the States and adding something sweet to the mix somehow seems appropriate. How about home-made chocolate sauce? The recipe is a bit involved and we're not huge chocolate fans, but I know many folks are, so here's one to tuck away in the recipe box!... Continue Reading →

Salted Almonds ~1922

National League Cookbook Salted Almonds Recipe. Nut season is here! Grab some almonds from the bulk food bin and give this one a try! Pairs well with sherry as demonstrated in this 1886 almond pairing recipe. Source: Everywoman's Cook Book, 1922. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Salted Almonds ~1897 Household Finances ~1819 Cucumber Recipes ~1897

Helps for Housekeepers ~1922

National League Cookbook. Lots of good tips here - from salting to searing. Any that you would add? Source: Everywoman's Cook Book, 1922. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Rice and Cheese 1913 What To Do With Stale Bread ~1897 Domestic Economy and Bliss in 1877

Coffee Monday Yuban Pleasure ~1919

Yuban Advertisement 1919. Has your morning coffee such heart-warming richness of flavor that each day it gives you new cheer, each day a fresh sense of the pleasantness of living? Happy Monday! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Fun Antique Cookbook Titles Domestic Economy and Bliss in 1877 Potato Omelet ~ 1900

Everywoman’s Cook Book Introduction ~1922

National League Cookbook. New day! New cookbook! This little book is only about 50 pages long - publicized as being a Service for Women from the National League of out San Francisco. Introduction and Table of Contents follow. Note the popular reference to Fannie Farmer. Table of Contents Source: Everywoman's Cook Book, 1922. More Fun... Continue Reading →

Apple Custard ~1881

Apple Custard Recipe 1881 Simple apple custard recipe. Naturally gluten free. I love that it uses the egg custard base - which is the basically the same recipe for cream custard and bread pudding. Ingredients 6 tart apples A little water for stewing Sprinkled white sugar 8 eggs (I would probably do 4-5 large eggs)... Continue Reading →

Mother’s Gingerbread ~1922

Gluten Free Gingerbread Recipe. Is it too soon for gingerbread? My instincts say 'no'. If the big box store down the road can roll out Christmas kitsch in October, then I can post a gingerbread recipe. Sound logic! Notes: Substituted 1:1 all purpose gluten free flour.Recommend adding 2 Tbsp. of ginger and 1 tsp. of... Continue Reading →

Plain White Cake ~1922

Gluten Free White Cake Recipe. Notes: Substituted 1:1 all purpose gluten free flour. Worked just fine. Used orange zest from 1/2 large orange instead of orange extract. Came out lovely. Use only 1 round cake pan. It does not make enough for two layers. Keep temperature at 350. Glazed with a buttercream frosting. Huge success!... Continue Reading →

Feeding a Family for a Week ~1875

A Piece of Roast Beef and a Boiled Leg of Mutton Serve a Small Family for a Week. This particular selection is familiar to me. My go-to meat is a whole chicken, however, mutton being unavailable locally. The Convivial chicken menu looks something like the following: Sunday - Roast whole chicken with rice and peas... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday Yuban and Exercise ~1917

Yuban Coffee Advertisement. After exercise, you breath in its steaming fragrance and slowly sip its delicious flavor, at peace with the world... Happy Monday! More Fun Discoveries American Domestic Cookery ~1819 Coffee Monday: Washington’s Coffee British Wine Maker and Domestic Brewer Review ~1835  

Aunt Laura’s Breakfast Potatoes ~1875

Victorian 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... Continue Reading →

Apples! Apples! Apples! ~1875

6 Apple Recipes from the 1870s. Gearing up for apple season. The Girl and The Boy still enjoy going out to the orchards and doing u-pick apples. Something infinitely gratifying about harvesting your own food. Pulled out the dehydrator and making space in the freezer. Located the apple peeler/corer/slicer - ingenious invention. How about some... Continue Reading →

Friday Menu ~1910

Happy Friday. Source: The Spokane Press, October 17, 1910. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Kitchen Woodcut ~1810 Family Sauce ~1825 Rice Pudding ~1917

Pineapple Beer ~1875

Easy Pineapple Beer Recipe. Not a big beer fan because, as a rule, it's not gluten free. This recipe seems easy enough. It would hardly be alcoholic if you use it within 24 hours. Maybe that's what makes it a beer instead of a sparkling wine. What I love is that the recipe uses the... Continue Reading →

October Poem ~1917

Feeling Fall. Source: A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband, c. 1917. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Stock ~1855 Gotham Pudding ~1866 Navigating Antique Cookbooks 101

Household Tips for Tuesday ~1875

5 Helpful Hints for the Home. A fun read, including "a most beautiful application of the science of chemistry." I just can't figure out what the first one is for... What are we leaching? Source: In the Kitchen, 1875. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Potage au Choux ~1825 Remarks on Pie Making ~1866 The Housewife... 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 →

Fairy Butter ~1875

Fairy Butter Recipe. May your day be filled with the whimsey of fairies, nestled in sugary folds. To be used as icing. Source: In the Kitchen, 1875. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Tomato Stuffed with Rice ~1917 Preserved Violets ~1890 Lighthouse Kitchen ~1855

Preserving Autumn Leaves ~1875

How to Keep Leaves. Crisp fall day here. Was looking for a cake recipe, and stumbled across this seasonal gem. A little weekend craft time, perhaps? Source: In the Kitchen, 1875. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Tomato Stuffed with Rice ~1917 Preserved Violets ~1890 Lighthouse Kitchen ~1855

Friday Menu ~1910

Three Course Menu Early 1900s. Do we think is a dollar per person for a total of four dollars? Or a dollar for the entire family? Source: The Spokane Press, June 13, 1910. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks To Keep Meat Hot ~1805 Strawberry Wine ~1780 Lightning Tea Cakes ~1917

Measurement Conversions ~1875

Understanding Antique Cookbook Measurements. Finally! A clear guide to all of those obscure weights and measures for the Victorian kitchen. From gills, to pecks, to tumblers. Butter the size of an egg has always been a bit of a mystery. #useful Source: In the Kitchen, 1875. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Carrot Soup ~1819... Continue Reading →

The Table ~1875

Victorian Table Etiquette. The Silent Educator. No silent educator in the household has higher rank than the table. Surrounded three times a day by the family, who gather from their various callings and duties, eager for refreshment of body and spirit... Source: In the Kitchen, 1875. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Carrot Soup ~1819... Continue Reading →

Pickles ~1819

Preparing for Pickling Season. When I think of a pickling recipe, I think of ingredients. These recipes do their civic duty, however, to warn about poisonous pickling practices. Oh my! Alas, I did not find a good recipe to pickle my green beans in this particular cookbook, so resorted to the WWW. Found this easy... Continue Reading →

Breakfast and Yuban Coffee ~1921

Yuban Advertisement. Coffee Monday. You rejoice in its clear, deep amber color as you pour it out and you notice its strength and richness in the cup - such "body" that the cream curls down into it in lazy, wavering spirals. Happy Monday! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Cape Cod Clam Chowder ~1866 Advice on... Continue Reading →

Grape Harvest ~2018

Harvesting Merlot Grapes. No Gym Membership Needed. Harvesting and processing 200 lbs. of grapes is brutal work. Yesterday started at 6:00 am out in what can only be described as an idyllic vineyard setting. Fog gently receding over the rolling hills covered with oaks the occasional cow. The CA wine grape harvest season is in... Continue Reading →

Mary’s Book Menu ~1910

Three Meal Menu from the 1900s. Happy Friday. Source: The Spokane Press, Aug. 11, 1910. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Pigeon Season ~1800 Summer Dining ~1897 Currant Wine ~1929

Feeling Saucy ~1819

6 Sauce Recipes. No parsley? No problem! Off colored meat? No problem! Vive le saucier! Source: American domestic cookery, formed on principles of economy, for the use of private families. 1819. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Cream Peppermints ~1897 You Will Slay Them By The Thousand ~1856 I must confess to a weakness for asparagus in... Continue Reading →

Tomato Stuffed with Rice ~1917

Stuffed Tomato Recipe Why aren't there more stuffed tomato recipes? So many people have an aversion to stuffed peppers, maybe they unfairly get lumped into the same taste category? This stuffed tomato recipe is similar to the tomato and egg recipe (1900), but with a heartier twist that can make it a gluten free, vegetarian... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday Yuban ~1920

Yuban Coffee Advertisement. "No matter how tolerant a man may be of his food, he is always critical of the quality of his coffee." Yuban is the unfailing coffee. Happy Monday! More Fun Discoveries L’Eau de la Vie Recipe 1837 Coffee Monday: Washington’s Coffee British Wine Maker and Domestic Brewer Review ~1835  

Apple Fritters ~1819

Gluten Free Apple Fritters Recipe. New to fritters, here. Was inspired after watching a cooking show and found a simple apple fritter recipe in American domestic cookery, formed on principles of economy, for the use of private families, my current kitchen companion. Here's the pancake recipe. Fritter batter is supposed to be runnier than regular pancake... Continue Reading →

5 Household Cleaning Hints ~1819

Cleaning Tips from the Early 1800s. As you go about your weekend chores, here are some helpful hints to get your work done! From blackening stone chimney-pieces to shoes, American domestic cookery, formed on principles of economy, for the use of private families  covers it all! To blacken the fronts of Stone Chimney-pieces. To clean (Silver) Plate.... Continue Reading →

Friday Menu from Donfrio ~1913

Supper Menu from 1913. Happy Friday. Donofrio's Cafe offers many a fine dish, including your Friday fish. Served 5:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. Source: The Arizona Republic, Sept. 14, 1913. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Pigeon Season ~1800 Summer Dining ~1897 Currant Wine ~1929

Cookery for the Poor ~1819

General Remarks and Frugal 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... Continue Reading →

Management of Cows ~1819

Running a Dairy in the Early 1800s. Every cookbook should have such a thorough section on livestock management. This excerpt opens a window on the practical aspects of owning a cow. It covers all of the details - from cleanliness, to weaning the calf, to hiring a milking maid. Source: American domestic cookery, formed on principles... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday ~1920

Clear Eyed Businessman. "In every country where the impossible is demanded the American business man is sent for - America's greatest product." I love Yuban adverts. This makes me want to go take on the world. Maybe I'll start by having another cup of coffee, first... Happy Monday! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Cape... Continue Reading →

Jam ~1819

Early 1800s Strawberry Jam. Who doesn't love strawberry jam on Sunday morning waffles? Antique cookbooks can be curious reads - as much for of what they include as what they exclude. I went searching for a strawberry jam recipe hoping to preserve some strawberries for the winter months ahead. Most cookbooks will include a section... Continue Reading →

1920s Menu for Friday

Breakfast, Luncheon, Dinner Menu. Happy Friday. A little menu inspiration from the roaring 20s! This is actually a hearty menu for each of the meals. Included was the recipe for muffins. Source: Rock Island Argus, May 5, 1921. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Pigeon Season ~1800 Summer Dining ~1897 Currant Wine ~1929

Orange Wine ~1837

1800s Orange Wine Recipe. This post is 9 months in the making! Just bottled my first orange wine. To each gallon of water add: 2 Lbs. white sugar (4 cups) 1 Lb. raisins Juice and peel of 1 Seville orange Other Ingredients: 1 Package white wine yeast (Montrachet) Re-hydrate the raisins by letting them soak... Continue Reading →

Rice Edging ~1819

Rice Edging Recipe. Rice is a big staple in our home due to our strict gluten-free diets. Whenever a new rice recipe surfaces, I'm always interested! A side of rice is so blah.  A rice edge? Kind of edgy...  The next time I entertain, I am going to try making a rice edging for my... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Edison Electric ~1920

Here Is Your Coffee, Jim. "Thanks, dear; you certainly do make delicious coffee, and I do like it served piping hot, with plenty of cream."   ... Don't the let the fact that you have plenty of servants deprive you of chummy breakfasts. Here's to a chummy Monday! Enjoy! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Thousand... Continue Reading →

Baked Tomatoes ~1819

Early 1800s Baked Tomato Recipe. Here's an easy recipe that celebrates the end-of-summer harvest! Baked tomatoes are one of my favorite side dishes. Ingredients Round tomatoes, cut in half Herbs Salt/Pepper Bake on parchment paper at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Not to Blame ~1891 Defining ‘Appetit’ ~ Late... Continue Reading →

September Menu ~1884

September Menu 1884. Welcome September! Where did the summer go? This month's menu comes from the Franco-American Cookery Book; Or, how to live well and eat wisely every day of the year. Today's menu features Ox-Cheeck, a la Nelson, fish with a chili sauce (which actually looks delicious - omitting catawba wine), veal, duck, lots... Continue Reading →

Friday Menu ~1910

Happy Friday. How about some fresh raspberries, with cereal and cream, bacon and coffee for breakfast? Sounds good to me! Here's a link to a Roly-Poly Pudding recipe. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Pigeon Season ~1800 Summer Dining ~1897 Currant Wine ~1929

American Domestic Cookery ~1819

Introduction. Time for a new cookbook! We finished off The art of cookery made plain and easy, 1805, it was heavy on the meat butchery and dressing of meat. Which I enjoy as much as the next person, but I'm simply not in the position to go out and butcher me a pig... My life is... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Green Bag ~1919

Green Bag Coffee Advertisement. Happy Monday! "The coffee they talk about..." More Fun Discoveries L’Eau de la Vie Recipe 1837 Coffee Monday: Washington’s Coffee British Wine Maker and Domestic Brewer Review ~1835  

Bettina’s Spice Cake ~1917

Gluten Free 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... Continue Reading →

Hysterical Water~1805

Hysterical Water Recipe. An entertaining find! Anyone heard of hysterical water? This is a new one for me. Ingredients include, but are not limited to: roots of lovage, mistletoe of the oak, and a quarter pound of dried millipedes. Umm... okay. European mistletoe was toxic. And so is the cyanide in millipedes (alive - I'm... Continue Reading →

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