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(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1861) Ingredients: 6 oz. butter 3/4 lb. flour 6 oz. treacle 1 pint cream 1/4 lb. double-refined sugar 1/2 oz. powdered ginger 1 oz. caraway-seeds stick cut candied orange, or lemon-peel Instructions: Rub six ounces of butter...
(from Jennie June's American Cookery Book, by Jane Cunningham Croly, 1866) Ingredients: 20 lbs. flour 15 lbs. sugar 10 lbs. butter 1 dozen eggs 1 quart of wine 1 quart of brandy 1 oz. nutmeg 3 oz. cinnamon 3 oz. cloves 3 oz. mace 2 lbs. citron 5 lbs. currants 5 lbs. rasins 1 quart yeast...
(from Miss Leslie's Complete Cookery, by Eliza Leslie, 1838) Ingredients: 1 qt. Indian meal handful of wheat flour quart of warm milk small tsp. salt 2 large tbsp. fresh yeast 3 eggs butter serve with molasses Instructions: Mix together a quart of sifted Indian meal, (the yellow meal is best...
(from Confederate Receipt Book. A Compilation of over One Hundred Receipts, Adapted to the Times, Richmond, 1863) Ingredients: 3x Indian meal 1x brown sugar Instructions: Three parts of Indian meal and one of brown sugar, mixed and browned over the fire, will make the food known as...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1861) Ingredients: powdered ink prepared ox-galls Instructions: Ink may be rendered fluid by putting into the inkstand a small quantity, about the size of a pin's head, of prepared ox-galls, which may be purchased at any...
(from Book of Household Management by Isabella Benton, 1861) Ingredients: ground coffee powdered chicory water Instructions: To every 1/4 pound of ground coffee, add one teaspoonful of powdered chicory and one pint of water. Freshly roast the coffee, put into a percolator or filter with the...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: 10-12 cold boiled potatoes 4 tbsp. vinegar 4 bsp. best salad oil 1 tsp. minced parsley pepper salt pickle cold fowl grated cracker hard-boiled eggs Instructions: Cut ten or twelve cold boiled potatoes into small...
(from The Manufacture of Liquors, Wines, and Cordials, Without the Aid of Distillation, by Pierre Lacour, 1853) (FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES ONLY! Do Not Attempt to Recreate! Dangerous!) Ingredients: 30 gallons rectified whiskey 3 quarts grains of paradise tincture 2 oz. catechu 10 drops creasote 5...
(from The Kentucky Housewife, by Mrs. Lettice Bryan, 1839) Ingredients: Six Eggs Pint of Wine 1/2 Lb. Sugar One Orange One Lemon Quart of Sweet Cream Whipped Heavy Cream as a topping Instructions: Beat the yolks of six eggs till very light and smooth; stir into them gradually a pint of wine...
(from The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-table Directory, by Charlotte Campbell Bury, 1844) Ingredients: 2 spoonfuls sweet oil a handful of mushrooms 1 bunch of parsley scallions 1/2 a laurel-leaf 2 cloves 1 clove of garlic flour 1 glass white wine 2 glasses good cullis Instructions...

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