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    Period Cornmeal Sour Dough ???

    Here's a recipe written by Wilhelmina Wilborn to her brother Karl. It's date June, 1862. The original letter is in the Stengler/Hankamer Collection at the Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. It has been published in the book CHAMBERS COUNTY TEXAS IN THE WAR BETWEEN...
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    Period Watermelon Cake: You've Got to Read This One!

    1855 (Public Domain) When I first came across this recipe, I thought it might be a joke. It isn't. This might make a great cake for a child’s birthday party. The kids would be so busy picking out the raisins they wouldn't notice the icing made of spinach goop. Frankly this recipe lost me...
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    Authentic Bird’s Nest Pudding: Original Receipt

    (Public Domain) From The American Frugal Housewife by Lydia Maria Child in 1833: "If you wish to make what is called ‘Bird’s-nest puddings,’ prepare your custard,–take eight or ten pleasant apples, pare them and dig out the core, but leave them whole, set them in a pudding dish, pour your...
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    Authentic Baked Lemon Pudding

    (Public Domain - Creative Commons Zero ) Here’s an oldie, but a goodie originally published in Sarah Josepha Hale’s “The Good Housekeeper” in 1839. I've also included an adapted version of the same recipe. Be forewarned it is very lemony. Get ready to pucker! Original Recipe Boil in water...
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    Authentic Victorians Loved These Cream Puffs

    (Public Domain) “If a list had to be made of the articles of pastry held highest in popular esteem, cream puffs would be found somewhere near the beginning.” ~ The American Pastry Book by Jessup Whitehead, 1894 Our Victorian friends loved cream puffs for dessert and as tea-time treats...
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    Authentic Christmas Raisin Delights

    "Baking Day" by William Hemsley, 1893 (Public Domain) This old cookie recipe is delightful. Be prepared. It may bring back some fond memories of your Grandma. Ingredients: 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2/3 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup packed brown...
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    Period Hot Brandy and Rum Punch

    (Public Domain) This recipe comes from Bon-Vivant’s Companion written by Jerry Thomas in 1862. 1 qt. rum, dark if possible 1 qt. cognac or brandy 1 lb. sugar, cubes if available 4 lemons 3 qts. boiling water 1 tsp. nutmeg Rub the sugar [if cubed] over the lemons until it has absorbed all the...
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    Period Father Christmas Shortbread

    (Public Domain) This recipe is from The Virginia Housewife or, Methodical Cook, by Mary Randolph published in 1841. Ingredients: 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 egg ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 1 cup sugar Candies or dried...
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    Period Victorian Baked Camembert

    Camembert NJGJ [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons In 1890, an engineer, M. Ridel, devised the emblematic balsa wood box that was used to transport the cheese known today as Camembert to America. Our Victorian friends loved it and it became...
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    Authentic Cream of Peanut Soup

    Peanut Butter Texture freestock.ca [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons 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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    Period Stratford Hall Ginger Cookies

    Round gingersnaps Editor at Large [CC BY-SA 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons 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...
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    Period Independence Cake

    - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G2M1ZPE/?tag=civilwartalkc-20 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...
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    Authentic Beaumont Inn's Cornmeal Batter Cakes

    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 and its creations are practically a religion in the South, but if you have lived in the USA for long, your...
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    Authentic Original Shaker Lemon Pie

    Shaker lemon pie Cmadler [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons 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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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