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  1. Eleanor Rose

    Recreated Tarheel Pound Cake

    Pound cake 2 Douglas Paul Perkins [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons According to Anne Byrn, author of American Cake, the first mention of pound cake is in a recipe dated 1754 from Wicomico Church, Virginia. An 1824 version of the cake was...
  2. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Jarrett House Vinegar Pie

    The Jarrett House The Jarrett House is one of the oldest inns in Western North Carolina, a throwback to the days of the horse and buggy and the wood-burning passenger train. William Allen Dills, who founded the town of Dillsboro, North Carolina built it just two years after the coming of the...
  3. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Tipsy Cake

    Tipsy cake Voyou Desoeuvre [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons 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...
  4. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Delmonico's Baked Alaska

    Baked-Alaska stef yau [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons Baked Alaska at Delmonico's restaurant in New York City stays true to the original. The name Baked Alaska originated at Delmonico's Restaurant in New York City in 1876. An Englishman, George...
  5. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Green Tomato Chocolate Cake

    Numerous historical references tell us that Americans consumed chocolate as a beverage until the 1830s or 40s.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 to cake...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. JPK Huson 1863

    Period Era Apple Recipes By The Bushel Basket

    They're ripening by the hour! Our ancestors made much more use of apples than we do. Families could dip into their stash in root cellars all winter, and did. Apples were plentiful, inexpensive, stored well and were incredibly versatile for recipes. Small wonder women scoured era cook books...
  10. JPK Huson 1863

    Southern Women's Household Wizardy, What Blockade? Please Add Yours!

    Diving deep into long forgotten cupboards, discovering secrets left behind by great grandmothers and creating their own, Southern women challenged the Blockade and were astonishingly successful. NYPL image Putting this in the Food Forum largely because ' Food ' preoccupied female minds as heads...
  11. Anna Elizabeth Henry

    The Complete Confectioner - 19th century baking guide

    The Complete Confectioner, or The Whole Art of Confectionary Made Easy, by Fredrick Nutt appears to have been published in 1807 and is chock full of awesome early pastry recipes. Many are still common today. I hope to post a few holiday themed ones to the Food Forum this week.
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