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  1. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Cream of Peanut Soup

    (Photo courtesy of AboutPeanuts.com) The first known recipe for peanut soup comes from an 1847 cookbook by a Sarah Rutledge, a housewife from South Carolina. Sarah published a recipe for Ground Nut Soup. Her recipe included a pint of oysters and peanuts ground with flour. After her book was...
  2. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Carolina Fish Muddle

    Like many old recipes, the instructions for a Carolina Fish Muddle have become muddled over time. As with other Southern traditions, like fish fries, pig pickin’s, and barbecues, “fish muddle” refers to both the food eaten and the occasion itself. Fish muddles were an annual Southern tradition...
  3. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Oyster Ice Cream

    Mary Randolph, author of The Virginia Housewife On a recent visit to Montpelier, the docent said that Dolley Madison loved ice cream and that her favorite flavor was oyster. I was shocked! I had never heard of oyster ice cream? Well it turns out Mary Randolph surely had. She included a...
  4. Eleanor Rose

    Period Stratford Hall Ginger Cookies

    (Pinterest) I recently had the pleasure of visiting Stratford Hall, the home of four generations of the Lee family and the birthplace of Robert E. Lee. It seems these ginger cookies were a household favorite so I thought I'd share the recipe. Most folks bake these around holiday time, but you...
  5. Eleanor Rose

    Period Independence Cake

    (Pinterest) Wow!!! Take a look at this recipe for an 1866 Independence Cake. How many people is this supposed to serve?!? And just how big is this oven? Well forget the oven – how big was the mixing bowl??? Obviously an Independence Day celebration back in 1866 was a big celebration! Think...
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    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...
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    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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
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    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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
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    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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
  20. 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...
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