On Puddings ~1747

3 Recipes for Puddings. Today we have three distinct pudding recipes. I'm adding them to the blog as a sort of indexed reminder as I would very much like to come back and try them. The lemons are in season here and I pass several trees tucked away in the neighborhood on my weekend wanderings.... 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 →

Feeding a Family for a Week ~1875

How a Piece of Roast Beef and a Boiled Leg of Mutton May 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... Continue Reading →

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 →

Apples! Apples! Apples! ~1875

6 Apple Recipes. 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 apple side dishes... Continue Reading →

Pickles ~1819

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 cook book, so resorted to the WWW. Found this easy recipe... 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 →

Fritters ~1819

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 batter. Notes:... Continue Reading →

Jam ~1819

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 on preserves... 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 →

Bettina’s Spice Cake ~1917

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 2 cups... Continue Reading →

Onion Sauce ~1855

Recipe for Onion Sauce. Onions are over-flowing in our farmer's market - both fresh green onions and dried onions. Thinking about giving this one a try - it would be pretty oniony. Not sure about the sugar. I could see this pairing well on top of roasted pork chops. Have you made an onion sauce... Continue Reading →

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 →

Melon Conduciveness ~1904

Eating Melon. The premise is thus: Not all melons are ripe when you cut them open, so to make them edible, first take out a small slice; next, pour in sherry, champagne, or brandy. Replace the slice, rotate the melon gently to make sure the liquor is evenly distributed. Chill. Serve. Cantaloup obviously has a... Continue Reading →

Catchup ~1780

Catchup Recipe. How to make it in the best manner. Today's recipe does not make it into the 5 ingredients or less category. Lots of condiments get labeled as 'ketchup' in antique cookbooks. Chiefly, a mushroom concoction appears by the mid to late 1800s. The recipe below is the first I've seen that: (1) uses... Continue Reading →

Chili Meat 1938

Sunset Chili Recipe. Today's recipe comes from a fun cookbook, a 1938 Sunset Kitchen Cabinet Cook Book. All of the margins include cartoons detailing the steps in the recipe. Here's the one for chili: I always enjoy compilation cookbooks, where the contributors submit recipes and then sign off on the bottom - gives recipes a... 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 →

Fannie Farmer Cream of Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup - Attempt #1. CAUTION: Do not make this recipe as described below. Soup is big in our household, and I wanted to give this one a try. Canned tomato soup is fine, but what if you could make your own tomato soup? The fact that this recipe uses canned tomatoes is besides the... Continue Reading →

Deviled Eggs ~1897

Vertical Style. Here's to a hors d'oeuvres conversation starter for! This recipe for deviled eggs calls for standing them up instead of having them lie sideways. I wonder when this style went out of vogue? The next time we make deviled eggs, will give it a go! Source: Motgomery Ward and Co's Common Sense Cookery, 1897. More... Continue Reading →

Family Sauce ~1825

Sauce a tous Mets. One can never have enough sauce recipes! Here's one that requires some planning ahead (8 hours), but could probably work in a slow cooker. Ingredients: 1 pint stock 1 large glass white wine Pepper/salt A little thin lemon peel (guesses on amount?) Bay leave Dash of good vinegar Yum! More Fun... 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 →

Rice Pudding ~1917

Rice Pudding with Strawberry Sauce. Time: 10 min. prep Bake: 40 min. Ingredients: 1 1/4 cup milk 1 egg 4 T Sugar 1/4 t salt 1 t vanilla 1 Cup cooked rice 1 t butter (optional) 1/8 t nutmeg Bake at 350° for 40 min. Butter on the top didn't add anything to the flavor, omit... Continue Reading →

Eggs a la Goldenrod ~1917

Eggs on Toast Recipe. You regularly find recipes using hardboiled eggs in various ways in antique cookbooks. This Eggs a la Goldenrod recipe almost treats the eggs like a sausage substitute in a sausage and gravy over biscuits breakfast - but instead you have eggs and gravy over toast. Yum! Prep Time: 5 min. Cook... Continue Reading →

Rice and Cheese Pudding ~1915

Rice and Cheese Pudding Recipe. This recipe offers a twist on the Rice and Cheese recipe from 1913. Had to read the recipe through a few times before jumping in - lots of little twists. Ingredients. 1 cup rice 3 eggs 1 cup milk 1 Tbsp. butter 1 Tbsp. gluten free flour 1 tsp. baking... Continue Reading →

Lightning Tea Cakes ~1917

Gluten Free Lightning Tea Cake Recipe.   This recipe hails from the famous 'A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband' cookbook, narrated by Bettina. The purpose of the book is to present cooking as accessible for the new housewife. Here we have a recipe for Lightning Tea Cakes - so named because they are quick... Continue Reading →

Melted Butter Sauce ~1855

Recipe for Melted Butter. The great diplomatist, Talleyrand, used to say, that England had 120 religions, but only one sauce, and that melted butter. Melted butter is for the table of the simple artizan. Enjoyed some with artichokes the other evening. Source: Soyer's Shilling Cookery for the People, 1855. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks... Continue Reading →

Black Butter Sauce ~1855

Recipe for Black Butter. Huh. I had to read and re-read this recipe about 4 times. Definitely a cliff-hanger of sorts here... What article would be suitable for this kind of sauce? Source: Soyer's Shilling Cookery for the People, 1855. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Hot Chocolate (American and French) ~1897 Fried Cauliflower ~1887... 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 →

Thousand Island ~1917

Thousand Island Salad Dressing Recipe. Salad dressing recipes are few and far between in the older cookbooks. This recipe for Thousand Island Salad Dressing comes from a slightly newer publication of 1917, and is both novel and familiar at the same time. A hard feat to pull off for a 101-year-old salad dressing! What I... Continue Reading →

Alarum Clock ~1855

Alarm Clock - New Kitchen Invention. No microwave timer? No smartphone alarm? No problem! Check out this newest and most handiest of inventions, the alarum, or cooking clock. (Alarum is the British spelling) Note the N.B. - If the fire isn't the correct temperature, the alarm clock will not serve much of a purpose. Makes... Continue Reading →

Mushrooms ~1855

Very Unique Mushroom Recipe. Alexis starts off in the typical style, with prose to Eloise...leading into the recipe proper for a mushroom sandwich, which is truly unique. If I understand correctly, the recipe came to Alexis through some divine intervention. Glass jars? Vapor? Check out that last sentence - I want to know what kind... Continue Reading →

Omelettes ~1855

Recipes for Omelettes. Just in time for Sunday brunch, the omelette round-up. "Where is the man or woman cook but says they know how to make an omelette, and that to perfection? But this is rarely the case..." Simple Omelette Recipe. Note: Adding milk makes the omelette puffy, and lighter. Giving it more bulk as... Continue Reading →

National Galette and Social Class ~1855

National French Cake Recipe. Today's excerpt is slightly longer, but offers us a glimpse into Parisian night-life in 1855. I love how Alexis uses extended preambles as a lead in to the actual recipes. You see this in celebrity cookbooks today. For readers who are theater-goers, this post is a special treat! Oh! The imagery... Continue Reading →

Eggs ~1855

Background on Eggs. Historical footnote on Orpheus, Pythagoras and their eggs, which you may or may not have known already: And then we find this footnote about Egyptians slinging their eggs around.  Is this true?!? Any other interesting tidbits on eggs out there?   Source: Soyer's Shilling Cookery for the People, 1855. More Fun Discoveries... Continue Reading →

Spring Nettles ~1855

Recipe for Nettles. Nettles? Anyone? The health benefits of nettles are well known - something of a cure all and immune booster. I had them for the first time about a month ago at a local winery's celebrity chef cook-off. It was sautéed in yummy goodness and smothered in five spice dressing. Not what typically comes... 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 →

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 →

Caramels and Popcorn ~1908

Caramels and Popcorn Recipe. Happy caramel popcorn day! To celebrate, here's an easy recipe for chocolate-covered popcorn. But wait, I hear you asserting: Chocolate covered popcorn isn't caramel popcorn! You're correct! Caramels was used a generic term to cover all things sweets. Finding this recipe was a challenge, and I didn't come across one until... Continue Reading →

Tomato Butter ~ 1876 (aka Ketchup)

Easy ketchup recipe - nope, sorry "tomato butter" recipe. 3 ingredients or less! Ingredients: 10 Lbs. tomatoes 4 Lbs. brown sugar 1 qt. vinegar More Fun Discoveries Fried Tomatoes ~ 1866 Cures: Teething, Scurvy, Rattlesnakes, Etc. ~1856 Zucchini! I Found You! ~1880

Ragout of Carrots ~1825

Ragout of Carrots - French Style Recipe. I've been wanting to try this recipe for several weeks, and haven't had the chance until recently. Prep. Time: 8 min. Total Time: 25 min. Servings: 4 Ingredients: 8 medium carrots - peeled, chopped into 2 inch pieces Water 2 cups broth (chicken) 2 cups dry white wine... Continue Reading →

Spinage ~1825

Spinach Recipe. Any spinach fans out there? I thought this recipe outlined considerable effort on the part of the cook to make sure that the spinage (spinach) is sufficiently clean. Wash several times to clean Boil Form into balls, squeeze excess water Spread out onto table and check again for extraneous substances... That, my friends,... Continue Reading →

Fried Cauliflower ~1887

Fried Cauliflower Recipe. Servings: 4 Time: 25 min. Ingredients 1 small cauliflower 2 eggs, separated 2 Tbsp. flour Salt Oil for frying This was a fun recipe. It takes some work to get egg whites stiff - and then when you mix together with the yolk past everything just sort of combines (it almost seems... Continue Reading →

Rice Croquettes ~1876

Rice Croquette Recipe. As a strictly gluten-free household blessed with 66% Celiacs, we go through a lot of rice. A lot. As such, I am always looking for new ways to reinvent rice (and potatoes, and corn tortillas, but I digress...). This search led me to rice croquettes. Here are two variations: Being the industrious... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Yuban Cowboys

Yuban. Happy Monday! "The best coffee in the world" was that you made yourself out in Colorado. Smoky, somewhat grimy, but it sent you thirty merry miles in the saddle. Yuban Advertisement, 1921. Coffee Monday: Good Coffee 1880 A Little Cooking Humor ~1897 Nasturtium Sandwiches ~1913

Rice and Cheese 1913

Savory Rice and Cheese Recipe. Ingredients: 1 Cup milk 1 Cup cooked rice (brown) 1 Egg 1 Cup Cheese (shredded) 1 Tbsp. butter 1/4 tsp. paprika 1/2 tsp. salt Pre-heat oven 350°. Bake for 50 min. in a water bath. This savory dish comes out very rich. Could be a stand-alone entree with a green... Continue Reading →

Black Bean Soup 1924

Black Bean Soup Recipe. Black bean soup has that reputation for being a hearty, soul-filling soup. In our household, black bean soup usually comes in a can (slightly embarrassing confession for a blog about home cooking). This recipe comes from Fannie Farmer's famous Boston School of Cooking book, once again. My edition is circa 1924... Continue Reading →

Heinz 57 Varieties

Heinze 57 Advertisement. Everyone has heard of Heinz 57, but did you realize that there were originally 57 different varieties of Heinz? For some reason I thought the 57 referred to 1957. Stumbled across this fun advertisement from a 1904 newspaper. Check these out: Catsup (obvious) Enriched Figs India Relish Select Queen Olives Cherry Preserves... Continue Reading →

A Pickle Recipe for Elzerena 1877

Rain Water Pickle Recipe. Back in the late 1800s, the Chicago Tribune newspaper would run a page in every issue where women would write in questions asking readers for advice and recipes. For example, someone in one small town might write in asking what a good matching color would be to decorate a rose colored... Continue Reading →

Simple Italian Cookery 1912

By Antonia Isola Who's feeling in the mood for some old-fashioned, classic Italian home cooking? ME!!!! With a name like Antonia Isola, you know it's going to be good! This is a short text, about 60 pages, 5x8, but don't judge this book by its cover. Tucked inside are some amazing recipes packed with flavor!... Continue Reading →

Fannie Farmer Mint Glazed Carrots

Carrots and Peas Recipe. Confession time: Vegetables in my house are typically of the frozen varietal with some salt and pepper thrown on for good measure. Unexciting at best. Today's recipe for mint glazed carrots and peas comes from the famous Fannie Farmer Boston School of Cooking cookbook, which I picked up at a local... 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 →

Nasturtium Sandwiches ~1913

Nasturtium Sandwich Recipe 1913. Nasturtiums are abundant in my area. Usually when I'm out on a walk, I'll pick a few leaves and bring them in for the rabbit. Their seed pods can be used as a caper substitute, but I find the flavor a little too strong. The leaves are also edible - something... Continue Reading →

Hot Chocolate (American and French) ~1897

Hot Chocolate Recipes - American and French. Simple American and French Hot Chocolate recipes to warm your cold January day! Ingredients: Chocolate, milk, water, sugar. I might add a little salt. More Fun Discoveries Coffee Custard ~1905 Chocolate Cake – Grey Eyes~1905 Army Slap-Jacks ~1886

Whipped Cream ~1897

Happy National Whipped Cream Day! As a kid, did your parents ever give you a pint of  cream and a whisk and say: "Mix this until it becomes whipped cream?" And you're mixing, and mixing, and mixing - and nothing happens. Then you think: Yeah right. They're making all this whipped cream stuff up. Then... Continue Reading →

Cape Cod Clam Chowder ~1866

Cape Cod Clam Chowder Recipe. Whenever I make clam chowder, it always seems really involved. I love this recipe because you fry the salt pork, layer the ingredients, and then let it cook. Simple! Note the absence of cream/milk. Ingredients Salt pork (bacon or breakfast ham) Crackers (or Gluten free bread in my house) Sliced... Continue Reading →

Salted Almonds ~1897

Salted Almonds Recipe Need an appetizer? This looks AMAZING! I love the fact that these are served with olives and pickles. Very, very continental. More Fun Discoveries Golden Sunshine Cake – 1922 Meets 2017 Teen Pumpkin Soup ~1866 Corn Pudding ~1905  

Chocolate Caramels ~1897

Chocolate Caramels Recipe Here is a recipe which is cheap, simple, and never fails! Love it! Ingredients 1 cup molasses 2 teacupfuls of white sugar 1 piece of butter the size of a small egg 1/4 lb. of grated chocolate - but you don't have to grate it, just break it up As someone who... Continue Reading →

Cream Peppermints ~1897

Cream Peppermints Recipe Tis the season when cooks begin to break out their cookie and candy recipes for gift exchanges! This Cream Peppermint recipe is as straightforward as it gets. Ingredients 2 cups powder sugar 6 Tbsp. water 1/4 tsp. cream of targer 1/2 tsp. essence of peppermint More Fun Discoveries Risot a la Piemontaise... Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Soup ~1866

Here's to the end of October! This pumpkin soup recipe will look familiar for anyone who makes butternut squash soup. I actually have also found that adding a spoonful of sugar improves the overall flavor, but, as mentioned, is not entirely necessary. Recommend using a slow cooker instead of going to all the bother of... Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Diet Drink ~1885

I kid you not. A diet drink of pumpkin seeds from 1885. Let's unpack this: Dried pumpkin seeds Boiled water Used for strangury and kindred complaints Strangury is kidney or bladder stones - ouch! Check out the full description of Strangury here. More Fun Discoveries How to Boil Potatoes ~1856 Coffee Custard ~1905 Eating an... Continue Reading →

Mashed Pumpkin ~1885

This mashed pumpkin recipe is similar to any mashed potato recipe. I would typically roast the pumpkin and then scoop out the insides and mash. Here you pare first and then boil and mash. Happy Fall! More Fun Discoveries All Displays of Violence Are in Very Bad Taste ~1856 Cream Custard ~1866 Frowzy Wives and... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Dandelion Salad ~1844

Ah, spring is finely here! We passed a yard the other day and it was covered with dandelions. Inspiration struck! We gathered our paring knives and headed out to the yard for a mini foraging expedition. Dandelion recipes are found in just about every circa 1800s cookbook I've ever read. Most common are the boiled... Continue Reading →

Boiled Celery Recipe ~1886

What a perfect celery pyramid! Originally from the Mediterranean region, humans have cultivated celery for thousands of years. Here in the U.S., we typically only eat the stalks and leaves. I had never thought of cooking and serving the ends of celery (wait, they're called the 'heads'...). Typically the ends go to our pet rabbits... Continue Reading →

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