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(from the Marshall County Republican, Plymouth, Indiana, November 22, 1860) Instructions: To destroy Rats -- Catch them, one by one, and flatten their head in the lemon squeezer. To kill Cockroaches -- Put them in a barrel and dance. To kill Bed-bugs -- Chain their hind legs to a tree, and...
(from American Cookery, by Amelia Simmons, 1796) Ingredients: 1 shoulder of veal 2 tbs. rice 4 onions 6 potatoes carrots sweet marjoram, parsley, summer savory, as preferred salt and pepper to taste 1/2 lb. butter 4 tbs. flour Instructions: Take a shoulder of veal, boil in five quarts water...
(from The Practical Housekeeper and Young Woman's Friend by Marion L. Scott, 1855) Ingredients: 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup of water 2 tbsp. vinegar 1 tsp. essence of lemon 1 tbsp. of flour 2 pie crusts Instructions: One cup of brown sugar, half a cup of water, two tablespoonsful of vinegar...

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