historical cooking

  1. 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...
  2. Eleanor Rose

    History Cooking With Kudzu

    Kudzu growing in the wild. Well now I’ve heard everything! Folks are cooking with kudzu. Yes, that’s right. They’re cooking with the weeds covering old buildings and hills and growing all over the side of the road. Apparently if you choose to cook with Kudzu, you should choose only the...
  3. Eleanor Rose

    History When Harry (Baker) Met Betty (Crocker)

    Chiffon Cake, light and fluffy cake just like your Grandma used to make! (Pinterest) Harry Baker, a Los Angeles insurance agent, is said to have invented the original chiffon cake in 1927. As word spread of this delicious airy cake, he was continually asked for the recipe. For two decades...
  4. Eleanor Rose

    History Crescent Moon Christmas Cookies

    (Pinterest) Crescent Moon Christmas Cookies came to America with German immigrants in the 1800s. This recipe is also known as “shortbreads” and has been passed along for generations. The traditional version is made with walnuts, almonds or hazelnuts, but you can choose your favorite or use...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. Eleanor Rose

    History Mince Meat for Pies

    (Joy of Baking) Mince pies date back to medieval times and possibly long before. They are descended from a huge pie baked on Christmas Eve containing chopped beef, suet, nuts, spices and fruit. I can’t believe I’m actually posting a recipe that features tongue as an ingredient. This one’s for...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Halloween Dumb Cake

    An 1891 edition of Ingalls’ Home and Art Magazine provides the following recipe and magical instructions for “Halloween Dumb Cake.” Yes you read that right. This is a recipe for a "dumb" cake. It reads: “Make according to any good recipe for a plain cake; not a word must be spoken after the...
  13. Eleanor Rose

    Recreated Pumpkin Cheesecake

    (Jolts and Jollies) The earliest versions of sweetened pumpkin dishes were actually pumpkin shells that had been cleaned out and filled with ginger-spiced milk, then roasted by the fire. In the 1800’s it became stylish to serve pumpkin pies for the Thanksgiving holiday, a trend that continues...
  14. Eleanor Rose

    History Brandied Fruit Yesterday and Today

    Besides being delicious on its own, our Victorian friends discovered that brandied fruit was a great way to enhance their brandy and to preserve fruits that could otherwise be lost. It was one of their favorite desserts to serve guests at dinner. Folks still enjoy brandied fruit today. Please...
  15. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Mrs. Fisher's Gumbo

    Chicken Gumbo (Pinterest) It has taken culinary historians a long time to recognize the central role that African American cooks played in creating what we know today as Southern cuisine. These cooks were there from the very beginning, and their contributions really laid the groundwork by...


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