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(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 The Book of Household Management, edited by Isabella Beeton, 1861) Ingredients: 1/4 lb. rice 1-1/2 pints milk 2 oz. butter sugar to taste grated nutmeg, or pounded cinnamon Instructions: 1349. Ingredients. - 1/4 pound of rice, 1-1/2 pints of milk, 2 ounces of butter, sugar to taste...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: celery 2 boiled eggs 1 raw egg 2 tablespoonfuls melted butter, or 1 of oil 1 tablespoonful sugar 1 teaspoonful mustard ½ teaspoonful salt ½ teaspoonful pepper ½ teacup vinegar Instructions: Rub the yolks of eggs...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: 1 large chicken boiled 1 tbsp. best mustard 1 raw egg yolk vinegar 3/8 bottle oil 6 hard boiled egg yolks 1 pint chopped celery a little yellow pickle half a loaf of stale bread crumbs salt & pepper Instructions...
(from The Kentucky Housewife, by Lettice Bryan, 1839) Ingredients: cabbage vinegar salt pepper whole white mustard seeds pickled eggs Instructions: Select firm, fragile heads of cabbage (no other sort being fit for slaugh); having stripped off the outer leaves, cleave the top part of the...
(from the Field and Fireside of Augusta, Georgia, August 15, 1863) Ingredients: 1 quart milk 1 pint flour 8 eggs salt 1 quart dried apples Instructions: One quart of milk, a pint of flour, eight eggs, a little salt, and one quart of dried apples cut up very small and well washed. Beat the...
(from Confederate Receipt Book. A Compilation of over One Hundred Receipts, Adapted to the Times, published by West & Johnson, 1863) Ingredients: milk, if turning sour... cream 1 oz. or more, butter Instructions: This is a good way of using up a pan of milk that is found to be turning sour...
(from The Improved Housewife: Or, Book of Receipts, by A. L. Webster, 1844) Ingredients: 4 eggs 1 tsp. flour parsley a little salt a little black pepper or cayenne Instructions: Boil four eggs ten minutes; when they are quite cold, put the yolks into a mortar, with the yolk of a raw egg, a...
How to Make Gruels. The following receipts for making various kinds of gruels, furnished by Mrs. Mattie M. Jones, will interest many young housewives and nurses who may be called on to care for the sick. (from the Sunbury American newspaper, Sunbury, Pennsylvania, May 7, 1864) Ingredients...
(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 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 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 A Poetical Cook-book, by Maria J. Moss, 1864) Ingredients: fried bread macaroni breadcrumbs Parmesan cheese melted butter Instructions: Where so ready all nature its cookery yields, Macaroni au Parmesan grows in the fields. -Moore. Lay fried bread pretty closely round a dish; boil...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1865) Ingredients: 1/2 lb. macaroni 2 oz. butter 2 oz. grated Parmesan cheese salt and water Instructions: Half a pound of macaroni, two ounces of butter, and two ounces of grated Parmesan cheese. Boil the macaroni soft in...
(from the Southern Recorder, of Milledgeville, Georgia, November 5, 1850) Ingredients: 2 oz. onion 1/2 lb. cheese Instructions: 2 oz. of onion ; 1/2 lb. of cheese. Slice the onion very thin; place it on a dish with a little water and half cook it in the oven; add the cheese, sliced thin, on...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1860) Ingredients: 10 to 12 mild onions butter 4 eggs 1 pint milk grated nutmeg Instructions: Peel and slice some mild onions (ten or twelve, in proportion to their size), and fry them in fresh butter, draining them well...
(from The Great Western Cook Book, Or Table Receipts: Adapted to Western Housewifery, by Anna Maria Collins, 1857) Ingredients: 4 - 5 ripe, juicy peaches loaf-sugar 1 spoonful of brandy, or wine Instructions: Peel four or five ripe, juicy peaches, and slice them neatly, and have each slice...
(from The Dictionary of Daily Wants, Etc. by Robert Kemp Philip, 1859) Ingredients: large pears sugar lemon-peel 1 to 2 cloves bruised allspice red wine Instructions: Peel, and divide into halves or quarters, large pears, according to their size; throw them into water as the skin is taken...
(from The Kentucky Housewife, by Lettice Bryan, 1839) Ingredients: eggs red beets vinegar salt & pepper nutmeg cloves Instructions: Boil them till they are hard; throw them into cold water immediately while hot, which will make the shells slip off smoothly without breaking the eggs. Boil...
(from The Prairie Farmer of Chicago, Illinois, printed January 6, 1859) Ingredients: 12 gallons pared and sliced pumpkin 1 gallon Sorghum syrup, or New Orleans molasses 1/2 gallon good vinegar season with allspice or other spices Instructions: To twelve gallons of pared and sliced pumpkin...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1865) Ingredients: 2 eggs 2 tbsp. flour 2 oz. warm butter 2 oz. grated cheese Instructions: Beat up well two eggs, and add two tablespoonfuls of flour, two ounces of warm butter, and two ounces of grated cheese. Mix all...
(from A Plain Cookery Book for the Working Classes, by Elme Charles Francatelli, 1852) Ingredients: 1 lb. rice 12 apples 2 oz. sugar Instructions: Ingredients, one pound of rice, twelve apples, two ounces of sugar. Tie up the rice very loose in a pudding-cloth, so as to admit that while...
(from The Cook's Oracle: And Housekeeper's Manual, by William Kitchiner, 1822) Ingredients: salad herbs a couple of eggs 1 tbsp. water, or fine double cream 2 tbsp. oil, or melted butter 1 tbsp. salt, or powdered lump sugar 1 tbsp. mustard 3 tbsp. vinegar 1 egg white Instructions: Endeavour...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by Sarah J. Hale, 1860.) Ingredients: 1/2 lb. suet (or desalted pork fatback or bulk sausage) bread crumbs parsley thyme & marjoram lemon peel salt & pepper 2 eggs optionally shallot or onion Instructions: Chop finely, half a pound of suet, and with it...
(from The Kentucky Housewife, by Lettice Bryan, 1839) Ingredients: slices of fine light bread firm butter serve with coffee, tea, or chocolate Instructions: Cut some smooth slices from a fine loaf of light bread, trim off the hard crusts, brown them delicately on a toaster, and send them...
(from A Plain Cookery Book for the Working Classes, by Elme Charles Francatelli, 1852) Ingredients: 1 lb. flour 3 pints skim milk 2 eggs nutmeg salt Instructions: To one pound of flour add three pints of skim milk, two eggs, nutmeg and salt; mix smoothly, and pour the pudding into the...

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