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  1. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Beaumont Inn's Cornmeal Batter Cakes

    Cornmeal cakes pictured with beaten biscuits. (Courtesy of Jane Ammeson / Herald Palladium food columnist) I mentioned Cornmeal Cakes in another thread so I thought I'd share the recipe. The Beaumont Inn in Harrodsburg, KY is famous for them and sells the cornmeal in their gift shop. Cornmeal...
  2. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Original Shaker Lemon Pie

    Well you know Eleanor Rose couldn't visit the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill without getting a recipe. Sadly the Shakers at Pleasant Hill, KY, didn’t write about what they ate, but Shaker Hill still maintains the original prolific vegetable gardens on the property and operates the Trustee's...
  3. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Varina Howell Davis' Pound Cake

    Varina Howell Davis (Library of Congress) This recipe is from the personal collection of Varina Howell Davis, Jefferson Davis' wife. Her original recipes were given to Beauvoir by her daughter, Margaret (pictured below). Varina Howell Davis' Pound Cake Ingredients: 12 eggs 1 lb. sugar 1...
  4. Eleanor Rose

    Period Chicken Salad Sandwiches in 1884

    If you're planning a picnic, consider taking these sandwiches along. This recipe is adapted from "Anna Maria's Housekeeper," by Mrs. S.D. Power, 1884. Our Victorian friends loved them! Chicken Salad Sandwiches 1 pound cold cooked chicken (about 2 boneless breasts) 6 tablespoons chopped...
  5. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Raspberry Vinegar Beverage

    Ladies’ magazines in the 19th century often included menus and recipes for a successful outdoor picnic. Godey’s Lady’s Book offered some elaborate and delicious recipes — not your everyday fare — for their readers in 1879. The recipe below caught my eye. Raspberry Vinegar Beverage...
  6. Eleanor Rose

    Period Pimento Cheese Cornbread

    While it’s hard to imagine anyone appreciating the heavenly combination of shredded cheese, mayo, and diced red pimentos as much as Southerners, pimento spread actually got its start in New York. That may sound like culinary heresy to some Southerners, but cream cheese came from the North, too...
  7. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic “Cathead-style” Southern Biscuits

    (Photograph by Taylor McBride) If they like biscuits in heaven, my grandma is probably making a big ol’ pan of her buttermilk biscuits every morning. There’s no telling how many biscuits she must have made in her long lifetime. She didn’t roll her dough and cut them out with a cutter. They...
  8. Eleanor Rose

    Recreated Molasses Soda Bread

    (Photograph by Matt Hulsman) A slice of this nutty, slightly-sweet soda bread pairs well with butter and jam or molasses butter. It is also tasty covered with melted cheese. Beware! One slice may not be enough! Molasses Soda Bread Ingredients for bread: 2¾ cups whole-wheat flour ⅓ cup...
  9. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Spotted Dog: A Traditional Irish Fruit Bread

    In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, I thought I'd post a recipe for an authentic, traditional, Irish fruit bread or spotted dog. It seems at the time of the year when the men were working particularly hard in the fields, the farmer’s wife would reward them with a richer, sweeter bread than...
  10. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Tipsy Cake

    (Pinterest) Mrs. N.K.M. Lee published The Cook's Own Book, Being a Complete Culinary Encyclopedia in 1832. This is an excellent collection of early 19th century recipes. Tipsy Cake is definitely among the most intriguing. Tipsy Cake "Pour over a sponge cake, made in the form of a porcupine...
  11. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Delmonico's Baked Alaska

    Baked Alaska at Delmonico's restaurant in New York City stays true to the original. (Photo of Delmonico's Restaurant) The name Baked Alaska originated at Delmonico's Restaurant in New York City in 1876. An Englishman, George Sala, who visited Delmonico's in the 1880s described it this way...
  12. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Green Tomato Chocolate Cake

    (Pinterest) Numerous historical references tell us that Americans consumed chocolate as a beverage until the 1830s or 40s. What Victorians would have considered as "chocolate cake" was simply a white or yellow cake intended to be eaten with a chocolate beverage. Ladies began adding chocolate...
  13. Eleanor Rose

    History Peanut Butter Brittle

    The Davenport Hotel opened in Spokane, Washington in 1914 as a “place where guests could experience a singular combination of world-class service, palatial splendor, and inviting warmth.” While famous for its world class accommodations, the hotel also became world famous for its soft peanut...
  14. Eleanor Rose

    Recreated “Granula”: 19th Century Granola

    In 1863, Dr. James C. Jackson of New York developed what he called "Granula," a Graham flour mixture that was formed into sheets, baked until dry, broken up, baked again and broken up into even smaller pieces. In 1898, Charles W. Post used Dr. Jackson's basic recipe for “Granula” to develop...
  15. Eleanor Rose

    "Twenty-five Cent Dinners for Families of Six" by Juliet Corson

    Juliet Corson Yes. You read that right! In 1878, Juliet Corson put together this book on economic housekeeping. Obviously it has become quite impossible to feed anyone on twenty-five cents, but many of her principles on how to cook economically have not changed very much. We can still enjoy...
  16. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Potlikker

    (Sights, Sounds, and Tastes of the American South) Potlikker is the liquid left behind after boiling collards and it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals. Don’t make the mistake of calling it a broth. It’s really more like a soup - one that develops as collards simmer. And yes, it is spelled...
  17. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Southern Sweet Potato Cake

    (Pinterest) January 8 is my favorite General’s birthday so this recipe is in his honor. General Longstreet loved sweet potatoes so I think he would have liked this cake. It has just the right amount of spice to compliment the sweet potato. And yes, there is real sweet potato in this cake...
  18. Eleanor Rose

    Period Chocolate Covered Drunken Cherries

    (Pinterest) I’ve been a fan of chocolate covered cherries since I was a child, but as an adult I’ve found it is fun to kick them up a notch by spiking them with delicious liquors. There are plenty of confectioners that make cherry cordials, but the three most popular are Cella’s, Queen Anne’s...
  19. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Marlborough Pie

    Marlborough Pie was enormously popular until the late 19th century. Writing in 1893 in his book "A New England Boyhood," author Edward Everett Hale says, "... there was always a great deal of talk about the Marlborough pies or the Marlborough pudding. To this hour, in any old and...
  20. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic New Year's Cookies

    We can thank our colonial era Dutch settlers for introducing New Year's Cookies to America. Sometimes called New Year's Cakes, these thin crisp sugar cookies were traditionally flavored with caraway, lemon and sometimes cider. Recipes for New Year's Cookies were very popular in the 1840s...
  21. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Pineapple Rum Tartlets

    (Pinterest) Pineapple was beloved by our Victorian friends and is a natural complement to meals where ham is served. So Christmas comes to mind as a holiday where these Pineapple Rum Tartlets could grace your table. These treats are a bit time consuming to make so they’re well suited to...
  22. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Mrs. Ellis's Pumpkin Pie

    A 19th century Christmas feast would not have been complete without dessert. This is an 1843 recipe for pumpkin pie from Mrs. Ellis’s Housekeeping Made Easy. Unlike recipes we find in Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, this recipe does not start with the measurements and the suggested...
  23. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Sweet Potato Fritters

    Sweet potato fritters from an 1885 San Francisco cookbook. This fritter recipe is from the collection of vegetable recipes published in 1885 by Jules Arthur Harder, the head chef at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Sweet Potato Fritters Peel half a dozen boiled Sweet Potatoes, cut off both...
  24. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Grandma’s Brandy Butter Sauce Cake

    (Photo courtesy of Taste of Home) You might want to consider leaving Santa a piece of grandma's cake instead of cookies this year. Ho ho ho! Grandma’s Brandy Butter Sauce Cake Ingredients for Cake: 2 cups sugar 2 cups raisins 2 cups water 1 cup butter, cubed 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1...
  25. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Parkin

    (Pinterest) Parkin is an authentic old-fashioned English oatmeal and treacle (molasses) cake. It is a delicious sticky cake that reminds me of traditional gingerbread. Parkin Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups medium oatmeal 3/4 cup all-purpose (plain) flour 1/2 cup brown sugar (maybe just a tad bit...
  26. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Southern Skillet Cornbread

    (Photo courtesy of Food Network.) There are two non-negotiables when making traditional Southern cornbread: There's no sugar added and there's no better way to bake it than in a cast-iron skillet. Southern Skillet Cornbread Ingredients: 1 pound Hickory Smoked bacon 2 cups cornmeal ½ cup flour...
  27. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Ginger Drop Cakes with Butterscotch Sauce

    This sticky toffee pudding with more than a hint of gingerbread is a wonderful holiday treat, especially with plentiful butterscotch sauce added on top. Grandma Baum’s Ginger Drop Cakes Ingredients: 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup sour...
  28. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Turkey Dressing

    In 1887 a Good Housekeeping reader wrote in with the following recipe: "The following directions for making an excellent "turkey dressing" may be of service to your readers at the festive season of the year: Take one pint of soaked bread, and season with two teaspoonfuls of salt and Bell's...
  29. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Old-Fashioned Mulled Wine Jelly Candies

    (Pinterest) The holidays are just around the corner and homemade candies are still in style as gifts for friends and neighbors. They also make great hostess gifts. So get your Victorian on and make some tasty treats for gift-giving this year! Old-Fashioned Mulled Wine Jelly Candies...
  30. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Old-Fashioned Whole-Fig Preserves

    The ancients wrote poetry and sang songs about figs. Buddha attained enlightenment while sitting under a fig tree. And fig trees are one of the first plants mentioned in the Bible, as well as the subject of more than one Biblical parable. Figs are plentiful in the South and for us it’s all...
  31. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Scotch Woodcock Sandwich

    (Pinterest) The Scotch Woodcock sandwich was a well-known dish in the Victorian era and is mentioned in “Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management" published in 1861. Isabella Mayson Beeton was a talented cook and writer whose bestselling cookbook sold 60,000 copies in one year and nearly two...
  32. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic 19th Century Recipe for a Ham Sandwich

    Family picnic (Wikimedia) - Wonder if they had ham sandwiches? In the mid-1800s the word sandwich was almost synonymous with ham. If you ordered a sandwich, it was likely ham. If you went on a picnic, you likely had ham sandwiches to eat. This is a recipe for making the perfect ham sandwich...
  33. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Fannie Farmer’s 1896 Stuffed Eggs

    (Photo courtesy of Inhabited Kitchen) It wasn’t until the 18th and 19th centuries when the word ‘deviling’ became widely used to describe the process of making a food spicy. Many cultures even today still use other words such as “mimosa eggs,” “dressed eggs,” “salad eggs” and “stuffed eggs” to...
  34. Eleanor Rose

    Period Old-Fashioned Brown Sugar Fudge

    (Pinterest) If you swoon over the icing on a caramel cake, this is the fudge for you. Our Victorian friends enjoyed their sweet treats and this one is definitely a winner. Old-Fashioned Brown Sugar Fudge Ingredients: 1½ cups granulated sugar 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed ⅓ cup heavy...
  35. Eleanor Rose

    History Carolina Caramels

    (Photograph by ISTOCK/ULYASHKA) In the early 1880s, some ingenious candy maker added fat and milk while boiling sugar and water and created what became known as caramel. Caramels were also made with sugar beet juice during this time because refined sugar was expensive and hard to come by...
  36. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Oatmeal Gruel for Invalids

    (Life and Health) October 29 is Oatmeal Day. Americans didn't start growing oats in quantity until the 19th century. Quaker Oats was registered as a cereal trademark in 1877. By 1885 oats were being sold in boxes, not just in bulk. The original oatmeal was made with "groats," the hulled and...
  37. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic California Pop Beer

    Rare stoneware bottle from Bidderford ME. It is embossed B.F; HALEY CALIFORNIA POP BEER. (Photo courtesy of WorthPoint) California Pop Beer was originally made more than 150 years ago in a brewery in Newark, New Jersey. Archaeologists believe it was served in the Atlantic Tavern, a German...
  38. Eleanor Rose

    Recreated Boston Cream Pie with a Surprise!

    (Pinterest) Revisiting the posts on Boston Cream Pie this morning reminded me of a story I had read about a lady who made a traditional Boston Cream Pie, but with a couple little changes. Her cake has three layers representing the three lives lost during the horrific Boston Marathon bombing...
  39. Eleanor Rose

    Period Hickory Nut Cake

    (My Windowsill) I recently discovered the online Western History/Genealogy Central Library of the Denver Library. This site led me to Harriet Almira Scott Camp’s recipe notebook. Harriet was born April 7, 1835 and married Leroy Newton Camp in 1854. During the Civil War, Leroy enlisted in...
  40. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Graham Bread

    Graham bread is named after Reverend Sylvester Graham. He invented the bread in 1829. Graham bread was promoted as ‘health bread’ since Victorian white bread wasn’t made with white flour but with bleached whole wheat flour. Reverend Graham also propagated a vegetarian Graham diet, alcohol...


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