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(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1863) Ingredients: bacon cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, or greens parsnips carrots pepper Instructions: Put your piece of bacon on to boil in a pot with two gallons (more or less, depending on the number you have to...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1864) Ingredients: 1 lb. fat bacon 6 apples 1 onion 2 lbs. flour plenty of boiling water Instructions: Boil a pound of fat bacon for half an hour, and then cut it up into slices. Peel six apples and one onion, and cut them...
(from The Cook’s Oracle by William Kitchiner, MD, New York, 1829) Ingredients: 1 spare-rib of pork flour butter sage leaves, powdered pepper Instructions: A bacon spare-rib usually weighs about eight or nine pounds, and will take from two to three hours to roast it thoroughly; not exactly...
(from The United States Cook Book: A Complete Manual for Ladies, Housekeepers and Cooks, by William Vollmer, 1856) Ingredients: 2 oz. smoked bacon 1 onion fine flour butter soup-stock vinegar salt & pepper cloves Instructions: Cut two ounces of smoked bacon and an onion, into large pieces...
(from The American Frugal Housewife, by Lydia Maria Child, 1832) Ingredients: 1 quart milk, skimmed milk will do 7 tbsp. sifted Indian meal 1 tsp. salt 1 teacup molasses 1 great spoonful of ginger, or sifted cinnamon Instructions: Indian pudding is good baked. Scald a quart of milk (skimmed...
(from Common Sense in the Household: A Manual of Practical Housewifery, by Marion Harland, 1871) Ingredients: mushrooms pepper and salt mace butter serve with maitre d'hotel sauce Instructions: Take fresh ones, - the size is not very important, - cut off nearly all the stalks, and wipe off...
(from Common Sense in the Household: A Manual of Practical Housewifery, by Marion Harland, 1871) Ingredients: Mushrooms, fresh Pepper Salt Mace Butter Maitre d' hotel sauce (a spiced butter sauce) Instructions: Take fresh mushrooms, - the size is not very important, - cut off nearly all the...
(from Miss Leslie's Complete Cookery, by Eliza Leslie, 1838) Ingredients: for 12 "pound" pears fresh lemon-peel 1/2 lb. sugar whole cloves or powdered cinnamon 1 pint port wine for smaller pears fresh lemon or orange peel brown sugar or molasses water to prevent burning Instructions: The...
(from The Book of Household Management, edited by Isabella Beeton, 1861) Ingredients: 2 lbs. flour 1 lb. currants 1 lb. raisins 1 lb. suet 2 eggs 1 pint milk slices of candied peel Instructions: 1324. INGREDIENTS. - 2 lbs. of flour, 1 lb. of currants, 1 lb. of raisins, 1 lb. of suet, 2...
(from The Book of Household Management, edited by Isabella Beeton, 1861) (Plain and Economical, a nice Pudding for Children.) Ingredients: 1 teacup of rice 2 tbsp. moist sugar 2 pints milk 1/2 oz. butter, or 2 sm. tbsp. chopped suet 1/2 tsp. grated nutmeg. Instructions: 1343. Ingredients - 1...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: shad fish cayenne pepper stuffing: bread seasoned with pepper salt thyme, or parsley celery-seed onion butter 1 pint water butter flour Instructions: Open the shad down the back, wash well and salt it ; wipe dry...
(from Miss Beecher's Domestic Receipt-book, by Catharine Esther Beecher, 1846) Ingredients: 1 gill distillery yeast or 2 gills fresh home-brewed yeast 1 quart warm water flour On 2nd day: 7 quarts sifted flour powder volatile salts the size of a hickory-nut powder alum the size of a...
(from How to Mix Drinks, Or The Bon-vivant's Companion, by Jerry Thomas, 1862) (For a Party of Fifteen) Ingredients: 16 egg yolks 12 tbsp. pulverized loaf sugar 2/3 nutmeg grated 1/2 pint good brandy or Jamaica rum 2 wine glasses Madeira wine 2 egg whites 6 pints rich milk Instructions: Take...
(from The Kentucky Housewife, by Lettice Bryan, 1839) Ingredients: 1/4 lb. common or pearl barley 2 quarts of water liquorice loaf sugar Instructions: Take a quarter of a pound of common or pearl barley, and wash it clean. Put it in a sauce-pan, with two quarts of water, and boil it soft, or...
(from The Kentucky Housewife, by Lettice Bryan, 1839) Ingredients: two eggs 1 and 1/2 pint sweet milk 1 and 1/2 pint flour a small pinch of salt Instructions: Make a thin batter of two eggs, a pint and a half of sweet milk and flour, adding a very little salt, and beat it till quite smooth...
(from The Young Housekeeper's Friend, by Mrs. Mary Hooker Cornelius, 1846) Ingredients: 6 spoonfuls of flour 1 teaspoonful of salt 2 teaspoonful of ginger 2 of the tincture of saffron less than a quart of milk optionally... add fruit Instructions: Take six spoonfuls of flour, a teaspoonful...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: 1 round of fresh beef 1 loaf of bread thyme parsley 1 onion marrow from the bone 1/2 pound suet pepper salt cloves and nutmeg to the taste 3 eggs slices of bacon butter 1 pint of water 1 teacup Port wine use...
(from The Kentucky Housewife, by Lettice Bryan, 1839) Ingredients: leg of beef salt onions white potatoes turnips carrots tomatoes 1 tsp. celery seed 1 tsp. pepper parsley, shredded Instructions: Good soup may be made of any part of a fine fresh beef; but the leg, or hock, is seldom used in...
(from The Virginia House-wife, by Mary Randolph, 1825) Ingredients: steak from the 7th and 8th ribs, 1 inch thick lard onion salt 1 spoonful water 1 spoonful mushroom catsup horse-radish Instructions: The best beef part for steaks, is the seventh and eighth ribs, the fat and lean are better...
(from Miss Leslie's Complete Cookery, by Eliza Leslie, 1838) Ingredients: 4 lbs. sirloin steaks black pepper salt 4 tbsp. butter 1 quart mushrooms flour for dredging mushrooms Instructions: Take four pounds of the best sirloin steaks, cut thin. Season them with black pepper, and a very...
(from Camp Fires and Camp Cooking; or, Culinary Hints for the Soldier, etc. by James M. Sanderson, 1862) Ingredients: fry or broiling beef pepper & salt fat flour six onions 2 dozen potatoes two tbsp. vinegar leeks, carrots, parsnips, turnips, etc. (optional) Instructions: Take the pieces of...
(from Hand-book for active service; containing practical instructions in campaign duties, by Egbert L. Viele, 1861, Chapter VIII.) Part of HOSPITAL DIETS Ingredients: 3 lbs. beef 1/2 lb. mixed vegetables, such as onions, leeks, celery, turnips, carrots 1 oz. salt pepper 1 tsp. sugar 2 oz...
(from The American Frugal Housewife, by Lydia Maria Child, 1832) Ingredients: hops pail-full of clean water 1/2 pint molasses pint yeast Optional to preference: spruce boxberry, fever-bush, sweet fern, & horseradish winter evergreen malt 1-2 raw potatoes Instructions: Beer is a good family...
(from The United States Cook Book: A Complete Manual for Ladies, Housekeepers and Cooks, by William Vollmer, 1856) Ingredients: Half a gallon of beer sugar whole cinnamon lemon peel yolks of six eggs milk bread Instructions: Half a gallon of beer is sweetened with sugar and some whole...
(from Mrs. Jefferson Davis's Personal Cookbook) Ingredients: A piece of butter the size of a hen's egg A piece of lard the size of a hen's egg One quart of flour Four eggs One tea-spoon of soda. One tea-spoon salt Instructions: Preparation: Mix the butter and lard well in the flour. Beat...
(from The Young Housekeeper's Friend, by Mrs. Mary Hooker Cornelius, 1846) Ingredients: 1 quart whortleberries 1 pint flour 1 small teaspoon salt water sauce: 1 large teacup sugar 1 teacup water 1 teacup rose water Instructions: To a quart of washed whortleberries, put a pint of flour in...
(from The New England Cook Book, published by Hezekiah Howe & Co, 1836.) Ingredients: tart mellow apples flour mace Zante currants butter citron strips custard mixture 1 quart of milk 3 spoonfuls flour 6 eggs 1 grated nutmeg 4 tbsp. sugar Instructions: Pare and halve tart mellow apples...
(from The Great Western Cook Book, Or Table Receipts: Adapted to Western Housewifery, by Anna Maria Collins, 1857) Ingredients: 1 lb. fresh butter 1/2 lb. lard 1-1/4 brown sugar 4 eggs 1 pint new milk 1 grated nutmeg 1 tsp. pounded mace 1 tsp. soda 1-3/4 lbs. flour 1-1/2 lbs. raisins 1-1/2...
(from Six Hundred Miscellaneous Valuable Receipts Worth Their Weight in Gold, by John Marquart, 1860) Ingredients: 1/2 oz. best black sealing wax 2 oz. rectified spirits of wine Instructions: Take 1/2 ounce best black sealing wax, pound it well, and put it into a 4-ounce vial containing 2...
(Peterson's Magazine, published by C.J. Peterson, 1865) Ingredients: blackberries 14 oz. sugar / pt. of juice thin tissue-paper dipped in brandy brown paper Instructions: Gather the fruit when perfectly ripe, in very dry weather. Put the blackberries into a jar, and place the jar in hot...
(from the Southern Watchman Newspaper, of Athens, Georgia, May 6, 1863) Ingredients: blackberries 1 quart boiling water per gallon of berries 2 lbs. sugar per gallon of strained liquor or use... 6 quarts of blackberries 5 quarts cool water 3 lbs. brown sugar per gallon of strained juice...
(from Mary Custis Lee's Recipe) Ingredients: blackberries 3 lbs. sugar Instructions: Fill a stone jar with the berries, and just enough water to cover them. Cover the jar with a cloth, let stand four days to ferment, then mash, and strain through a cloth. To every gallon of juice, add three...
From the newspaper: the Rome Courier of Rome, Georgia, July 3, 1855
(from the Milledgeville, Georgia Southern Federal Union, May 13, 1862) Ingredients: To Make Syrup: brown sugar hot water To Make 6 cups of Coffee: 5 tbsp. Blackened Sugar Syrup 1 tbsp. real ground coffee serve with milk & sugar Instructions: From the N. O. Picayune. A Good Substitute for...
(from The Blackford Family Cookbook, by L. M. Blackford, 1852) Ingredients: boneless pork cutlets, about 4 salt & pepper 1 or 2 eggs, beaten bread crumbs dried sage, crumbled finely minced onion 1/4 cup lard 1/4 cup flour Instructions: Cut them from the leg and remove the skin; trim them and...
from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1860 from Peterson's Magazine, published by C.J. Peterson, 1860 from The Housekeeper's Encyclopedia of Useful Information for the Housekeeper, by E. F. Haskell, 1861 from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited...
(from How to Mix Drinks, Or The Bon-vivant's Companion, by Jerry Thomas, 1862) Ingredients: 1 wine-glass of Scotch whiskey 1 wine-glass of boiling water Instructions: (Use two large silver-plated mugs, with handles.) 1 wine-glass of Scotch whiskey. 1 do. boiling water. Put the whiskey and...
(from Transactions of the Wisconsin State Agriculture Society, Blue Ribbon Winners at the Wisconsin State Fair of 1860) Ingredients: 2 qt. indian corn meal 1 qt. Graham flour (whole wheat) 1 packet or cake yeast 1 c. molasses or sugar 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt Instructions: Two...
(from Transactions of the Wisconsin State Agriculture Society, Blue Ribbon Winners at the Wisconsin State Fair of 1860) Ingredients: flour 1 qt. boiling water 1 pint cold water 1 teacup homemade yeast pinch of saleratus Instructions: Sift the requisite flour into a dish, scald with 1 qt. of...
(from Miss Leslie's Complete Cookery, by Eliza Leslie, 1838) Ingredients: 1 lb. cocoa-nut, grated * 1 pint whole milk 6 oz. white sugar 6 eggs, whites separated from the yolks Instructions: To a pound of grated cocoa-nut allow a pint of unskimmed milk, and six ounces of white sugar. Beat...

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