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(from Miss Leslie's Complete Cookery, by Eliza Leslie, 1838) Ingredients: 1 pie puff paste for every 1 lb. of butter use 2 lbs. sifted flour 2 lbs. beef-steak, bone & fat trimmed away pepper and salt potatoes butter flour optional for flavor... mushrooms, or chopped clams, or oysters...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1864) Ingredients: 5 to 10 eggs depending on the required dish 3 oz. Parmesan cheese for every 4 eggs salt and pepper to taste 2 to 3 oz. butter Instructions: It is necessary to have a very small frying-pan to have good...
(from The Art of Cookery, Made Plain and Easy, by Hannah Glasse, 1774) Ingredients: 2 oz. virgin's wax 2 oz. hog's lard 1/2 oz. spermaceti 1 oz. oil of sweet almonds 2 drams balsam of Peru 2 drams alkanet root, cut small 6 new raisins, shred small a little fine sugar Instructions: TAKE two...
(from The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-table Directory, by Charlotte Campbell Bury, 1844) Ingredients: 6 eggs 1/4 pint cream pepper salt nutmeg 1/4 lb. butter serving options: plain, with white sauce, fried with parsley shred and green onion Instructions: Beat up six eggs; put to...
(from the Fremont Journal, Fremont, Ohio, May 1st, 1857) Ingredients: 1 pint maple molasses 1/2 tea-cupful sour boiled cider 1 tea-cupful water 1 undercrust & 1 uppercrust spice as desired Instructions: One pint of maple molasses; half a tea-cupful of sour boiled cider; and one tea-cupful of...
(from The Book of Household Management, edited by Isabella Beeton, 1861) Ingredients: 1 lb. flour 1 lb. bread crumbs 3/4 lb. stoned raisins 3/4 lb. currants 3/4 lb. suet 3 or 4 eggs milk 2 oz. candied peel 1 tsp. powdered allspice 1/2 saltspoonful of salt Instructions: 1 lb. of flour, 1 lb...
(from The Complete Cook: Plain and Practical Directions for Cooking and Housekeeping by J.M. Sanderson, 1846) Ingredients: 1/4 pint of dough 1/2 lb. moist sugar 1/2 lb. butter 1 tea-cup of cream 2 eggs 1 lb. currants raisins (optional) 1 tsp. allspice 2 oz. candied orange peel 1 oz. carraway...
(from The Southern Gardener and Receipt-book: Containing Valuable Information, Original and Otherwise, by Mary L. Edgeworth, 1860) Ingredients: a handful of parsley-leaves salt 6 green onions 3 tbsp. oil 3 tbsp. vinegar pepper salt beef broth Instructions: Mince a handful of parsley-leaves...
(from Miss Leslie's Complete Cookery, by Eliza Leslie, 1838) Ingredients: a quantity of best puff paste, or sugar paste various preserved fruits small fruits various sweetmeats a sprig of orange blossom or myrtle Instructions: Roll out a sufficient quantity of the best puff paste, or sugar...
(from The Complete Cook: Plain and Practical Directions for Cooking and Housekeeping by J.M. Sanderson, 1846) Ingredients: 2 oz. rice boiling water 2 eggs sugar nutmeg 1 oz. suet, or butter currants (optional) flour sauce... boiled milk sugar nutmeg or, use a wine sauce Instructions: Take...
(from Miss Leslie's Complete Cookery, by Eliza Leslie, 1838) Ingredients: a round of fresh beef, larger is better onions powdered mace nutmeg pepper and salt drippings or cold gravy of roast beef flour for dredging, and thickening the gravy 2 turnips 4 carrots 4 oyster plants or salsify 3...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1860) Ingredients: toasted bread well-boiled spinach poached eggs Instructions: Upon a toasted bread place a layer of well-boiled spinach about an inch thick; upon this place at equal distances poached eggs. This forms a...
(from the Southern Recorder, Milledgeville, Georgia, June 16, 1863) Ingredients: 1 gallon shelled corn 1/2 gallon good ashes Instructions: Now that meal is hard to get about our villages and towns, we recommend lye hominy as a good substitute, at least as a change. The simple plan of...
(from The Lady's Receipt-book: A Useful Companion for Large Or Small Families, by Eliza Leslie, 1847) Ingredients: six maccaroons made with bitter almonds 12 orange-blossoms, or a large wine-glass of orange-flower water 6 oz. powdered loaf-sugar 6 eggs 4 oz. fresh butter powdered sugar...
(from The American Frugal Housewife, by Lydia Maria Child, 1832) Ingredients: 1 round of beef stuffing, made from... grated bread suet sweet herbs 1/4 oz. nutmeg a few cloves 1 egg yolk 1 pint claret allspice cloves Instructions: Tie up a round of beef so as to keep it in shape; make a...
(from The Book of Household Management, edited by Isabella Beeton, 1861) Ingredients: 1/4 lb. of sweet almonds, 4 bitter almonds 3 eggs 2 oz. butter rind of 1/4 lemon 1 tbsp. lemon-juice 3 oz. sugar Instructions: 1219. INGREDIENTS. - 1/4 lb. of sweet almonds, 4 bitter ones, 3 eggs, 2 oz. of...
(from Dixie Cookery; Or, How I Managed My Table for Twelve Years, Maria Massey Barringer, 1867) Ingredients: cocoanut sugar pulped oranges Instructions: Grate the white part of the cocoanut, sweeten with a little sugar, and place in a glass bowl, in alternate layers with pulped oranges...
(from The Soldier's Story of His Captivity at Andersonville, Belle Isle, and Other Rebel Prisons by Warren Lee Goss, 1867) Ingredients: corn meal water bits of bacon Instructions: "A favorite dish was prepared, by taking a pint of Indian meal, mixing it in water, and the dough thus made was...
(from Miss Leslie's Complete Cookery, by Eliza Leslie, 1851) Also known as Brown Betty, or Pan Dowdy Ingredients: 12+ juicy apples of pippin or bell-flower variety 1 large lemon, or substitute a tea-spoonful of essence of lemon brown sugar fresh butter grated bread-crumbs Serve with...
(from Miss Leslie's Complete Cookery, by Eliza Leslie, 1851) Ingredients: cider, enough to fill a very large kettle, plus some reserve fine juicy apples powdered cinnamon cloves nutmeg Instructions: This is a compound of apples and cider boiled together till of the consistence of soft...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: stewed apples bread crumbs one spoonful butter spoonful wine cinnamon nutmeg lemon peel brown sugar three eggs Instructions: Equal quantities stewed apples and bread crumbs, one spoonful butter, three eggs beaten...
(from Housekeeping in the Blue Grass, by the Paris Ladies of the Presbyterian Church, 1875) Ingredients: 12 apples 1/2 lbs. sugar 2 egg whites Instructions: Boil twelve apples till soft, take off the peel and press through a sieve, add one half pound sugar, whites of two eggs whipped. Beat...
(from The Great Western Cook Book, Or Table Receipts: Adapted to Western Housewifery, by Anna Maria Collins, 1857) Ingredients: apples fine sugar grated lemon peel Instructions: Peel and core the apples, and stew them till they are tender, with a pint and a half of water. Strain the liquor...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1861) Ingredients: green pippin apples 1 lb. double-refined sugar, to every pint of fruit the peel and juice of a lemon Instructions: Pare and core some green pippins, and boil in water till quite soft; break them gently...
(from The New England Economical Housekeeper, and Family Receipt Book, by Esther Allen Howland, 1845) Ingredients: 1 pint sour milk 1 tsp. saleratus 1 teacup of Indian meal 1 teacup of molasses 3 sweet apples flour fat to grease pan Instructions: One pint of sour milk, a tea-spoonful of...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: 3 lbs. apples 2 lbs. sugar 1 pint vinegar 1 tsp. mace 1 tbsp. beaten cinnamon 1 dozen cloves 2 tsp. allspice 1 tbsp. beaten ginger 1 tbsp. celery-seed Instructions: 3 pounds apples. 2 pounds sugar. 1 pint vinegar...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: apples white sugar syrup cloves, allspice, or mace (by preference) flour butter brandy or wine to improve flavor Instructions: Pare and slice the apples. Make a little thick syrup of white sugar, into which throw...
(from Confederate Receipt Book. A Compilation of over One Hundred Receipts, Adapted to the Times, Richmond, 1863) Ingredients: bowl of crackers tartaric acid sweetener (sugar or other) butter nutmeg Instructions: To one small bowl of crackers, that have been soaked until no hard parts...
(from A Plain Cookery Book for the Working Classes, by Elme Charles Francatelli, 1852) Ingredients: 1-1/2 lbs. flour 6 oz. suet 2 lbs. apples 4 oz. sugar salt 3 gills water Instructions: Ingredients, one pound and a-half of flour, six ounces of suet chopped fine, two pounds of peeled apples...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: tart apples sugar butter a squeeze of lemon juice nutmeg Instructions: Pare and slice some tart apples, stew until tender in a very little water, then reduce to a smooth pulp. Stir in sugar and butter to the...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1863) Ingredients: 6 fresh apples cloves lemon rind clean, picked rice sugar butter nutmeg Instructions: Take a half a dozen fresh apples, cut them into quarters and carefully remove the cores from them; then put them...
(from The Book of Household Management, edited by Isabella Beeton, 1861) Ingredients: 2 lbs. good boiling apples 3/4 tsp. white pepper 6 cloves cayenne or ginger to taste 3 quarts medium stock Instructions: 111. INGREDIENTS. - 2 lbs. of good boiling apples, 3/4 teaspoonful of white pepper, 6...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: 1 gallon apple brandy, or whiskey 1-1/2 gallons hot water, well-sweetened 1 dozen large apples, well roasted 2 grated nutmegs 1 gill allspice 1 gill cloves 1 pinch mace 1/2 pint good rum Instructions: One gallon...
(from Dr. Chase's Recipes; Or, Information for Everybody, by Dr. Alvin Wood Chase, 1866) Ingredients: ripe moderately sour apples brown sugar butter Instructions: BETTER THAN PRESERVES. Take moderately sour apples, when ripe; and with a pocket knife cut out the stem, and flower end also, so...
(from The Dictionary of Daily Wants by Robert Kemp Philip, 1859) Ingredients: thirty apricots 1 and 1/2 lbs. sugar Instructions: Divide, stone, and slice thirty apricots and their kernels; put them into the pan with a pound and a half of sugar and a half a pint of water; boil them till...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1861) Ingredients: apricots 3/4 lb. fine loaf-sugar, to every lb. of fruit Instructions: Gather the fruit before it is too ripe, stone and blanch the kernels. To every pound of fruit take three-quarters of a pound of fine...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1860)
(from Confederate Receipt Book. A Compilation of over One Hundred Receipts, Adapted to the Times, Richmond, 1863) Ingredients: 1 pt. grated young green corn one egg sm. teacup of flour 2 or 3 tbsp. butter salt & pepper Instructions: Take young green corn, grate it in a dish; to one pint of...
(from The Housekeeper's Encyclopedia of Useful Information for the Housekeeper, by E. F. Haskell, 1861) Ingredients: fresh asparagus salt cream Instructions: Cut the asparagus in pieces a half-inch long, boil in water with a little salt, and add rich sweet cream to thicken the soup.
(from White Cloud Kansas Chief, White Cloud, Kansas, May 28, 1868) Ingredients: asparagus stalks salted water sliced bread butter Instructions: Tie the stalks in small bunches, boil them in a very little salted water until tender; toast as many slices of bread as there are bunches of...

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