• Welcome to the Receipts of the Blue & Gray. - The receipts you will find here are original Antebellum, and Civil War period receipts, as originally published between the years 1796 and 1880. One exception, is: Newspaper Clippings & Periodical Receipts are limited to a publishing period from 1858 to 1866.

    Some receipts from this era attempted to give medicinal advice. Many dangerous, and in some cases, deadly, "cures" were given, reflecting the primitive knowledge of that time period. Don't assume everything you read here is safe to try! Recipes and Receipts posted here are for Historic Research Purposes, enjoy them, learn from them, discuss them!

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(from Camp Fires and Camp Cooking; or, Culinary Hints for the Soldier, etc. by Captain James M. Sanderson, 1862) Ingredients: potatoes rendered fat Instructions: Cut the vegetable into thin slices and throw them into cold water for half an hour; then put them into fat hissing hot and fry...
(from The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Benton, 1861) Ingredients: slices of brown bread and butter thin slices of cheese Instructions: Cut from a nice fat Cheshire, or any good rich cheese, some slices about 1/2 inch thick, and place them between some slices of brown bread...
(from Miss Leslie's Complete Cookery, by Eliza Leslie, 1838) Ingredients: bread butter optional mustard very thin slices of cold boiled ham Instructions: Cut some thin slices of bread very neatly, having slightly buttered them; and if you choose, spread on a very little mustard. Have ready...
(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 What I Know: Or, Hints on the Daily Duties of a Housekeeper, by Elizabeth Nicholson, 1856) Ingredients: Meat (can be scraps, bones, etc.) Spices as desired Instructions: Boil down the meat to a thick jelly, season highly with spices, dry in the sun. Put it away out of the air, and to 1...
(from The Great Western Cook Book, Or Table Receipts: Adapted to Western Housewifery, by Anna Maria Collins, 1857) Ingredients: light loaf bread slices line them with any of the following.... cold meat cheese sausage tongue hard eggs pounded with butter curry powder mustard pepper salt...
(from The Great Western Cook Book, Or Table Receipts: Adapted to Western Housewifery, by Anna Maria Collins, 1857) Ingredients: stale light bread cheese for slicing pepper salt mustard Instructions: Slice some stale, light bread thin, and toast it slightly on each side. Cut a slice of cheese...
(from Assistant Commissary General of Subsistence - Lt. Col. C.L. Kilburn - Notes on Preparing Stores for the United States Army and on the Care of the Same, etc, with a few rules for Detecting Adulterations - Printed 1863) Also Known As: Hard Tack Ingredients: extra superfine flour clean...

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