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(from The Complete Biscuit and Gingerbread Baker's Assistant, by George Read, 1854) Ingredients: 1/2 lb. butter 1/2 lb. sugar 1/2 lb. flour 6 eggs 1/4 oz. volatile salt pounded fine raspberry or other jam Instructions: 1/2 lb. of butter, 1/2 lb. of sugar, 1/2 lb. of flour, 6 eggs, 1/4 oz. of...
(from The Great Western Cook Book, Or Table Receipts: Adapted to Western Housewifery, by Anna Maria Collins, 1857) Ingredients: 1 peck of peppers 1 large cabbage head 1 dozen large onions 4 - 5 young cucumbers 1 oz. allspice 1 oz. ginger 1/2 oz. cloves 1 oz. cinnamon 2 oz. white, or black...
(from the Sunbury American newspaper, Sunbury, Pennsylvania, May 7, 1864) Ingredients: 3 lemons, grated 1 tbsp. butter 3/4 lb. sugar 6 eggs Instructions: 3 grated lemons, 1 tablespoonful of butter, 3/4 lb. sugar, 6 eggs well beaten. Stir the sugar with water enough to dissolve it, and keep...
(from Miss Leslie's Complete Cookery, by Eliza Leslie, 1838) Ingredients: lemon juice or essence of peppermint or orange juice loaf-sugar Instructions: Squeeze some lemon-juice into a pan. Pound in a mortar some of the best loaf-sugar, and then sift it through a very fine sieve. Mix it with...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1861) Ingredients: rind and juice of 2 to 3 lemons 1 glass of brandy 1 lb. flour 1/2 lb. treacle 1/2 lb. butter melted 1/2 oz. ground ginger 1/4 oz. cayenne pepper Instructions: Grate the rinds of two or three lemons, and...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: 1 gallon rich cream 6 lemons 2-4 teacups of sugar Instructions: One gallon rich cream, six lemons, first rubbed till soft, and then grated. Tie the yellow peel, which has been grated off, in a piece of coarse...
(from The American Practical Cookery-book: Or, Housekeeping Made Easy, by a Practical Housekeeper, 1859) Ingredients: several lemons; rinds grated, juiced mace mustard seed celery seed cloves black pepper horseradish a spoonful of salt Instructions: Mix and pound very fine a few spoonfuls of...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: 2 rinds from small lemons, juice from 1. 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup cream, or sweet milk 6 eggs, beaten separately 1 puff pastry undercrust Instructions: The rind of two small lemons and the juice of one...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: 4 eggs, to be separated 1 large lemon 5 heaping tbsp. sugar (filling) 1 puff pastry undercrust 5 tbsp. sugar (meringue toping) Instructions: Yolks of four eggs, white of one, beaten very light; grated rind and...
(from The Good Housekeeper, by Sarah Josepha Buell Hale, 1839) Ingredients: 2 large lemons 1/4 lb. pounded loaf sugar 1/4 lb. fresh butter 3 eggs puff paste grated loaf sugar Instructions: Boil in water, in a closely covered saucepan, two large lemons till quite tender; take out the seeds...
(from The Kentucky Housewife, by Lettice Bryan, 1839) Ingredients: fresh lemon 1 glass of water loaf sugar Instructions: Cut up a fine fresh lemon, and steep it for a short time in a glass of water; then drain off the water, and sweeten it lightly with loaf sugar. It is very cooling and...
(from The New Cyclopaedia of Domestic Economy, and Practical Housekeeper, by Elizabeth Fries Ellet, 1857) Ingredients: 3 lemons 1 pint of water sweetener of your choice Instructions: Lemonade Three lemons to a pint water, makes strong lemonade; sweeten to your taste. This is the best...
(from The Kentucky Housewife, by Lettice Bryan, 1839) Ingredients: ripe lemons 3 pints water, or 2-1/2 pints water & 1/2 pint of ice loaf sugar Instructions: Take ripe lemons, roll them under your fingers on a table till they appear like they are full of juice; then squeeze the juice into a...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: 2 large lettuce heads 1 tsp. salt ½ tsp. pepper 3 oz. salad oil 2 oz. English, or 1 oz. French vinegar tarragon & chevies, or water or mustard cress Instructions: Take two large lettuces, after removing the outer...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1863) Ingredients: 2 - 4 heads of lettuce 1 quart of stock 1 onion, small 1 tsp. salt 2 tbs. flour 1/2 cup cold water 2 - 3 tbs. butter Instructions: Cut up the white parts of two or four lettuces as needed, a quart of stock...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: 1 quart milk 1 pint corn meal 1 tsp. salt 2 tsp. cream of tartar 1/2 tsp. soda 3 eggs 4 tbsp. flour butter Instructions: Pour one quart of boiled milk over one pint of corn meal. Add a teaspoonful of salt, a...
(from The Kentucky Housewife by Lettice Bryan, 1839) Ingredients: 3 eggs 1 quart of milk flour salt yeast melted butter Instructions: Make a thick batter of three eggs, a quart of milk, and flour, adding a little salt, and two large spoonfuls of good yeast. Set it in a warm place till it...
(from The Cook's Oracle: And Housekeeper's Manual, by William Kitchiner, 1822) Ingredients: live lobsters 1 large pot filled with boiling water use 1 tbsp. salt per quart of water butter or sweet oil Instructions: Buy these alive; the lobster merchants sometimes keep them till they are...

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