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  1. lupaglupa

    Period The sap is running - so here's "A Good Recipe for Pies" using maple "molasses"

    Molasses Tractorboy60 / Public domain The temperatures have risen enough to get the sap moving in the sugar maples. It won't be long before every sugar house around throws a pancake breakfast. In the meantime, this recipe should use up whatever maple folks have left over from last year. And...
  2. Eleanor Rose

    Period Victorian Pistachio Cake

    (Public Domain) Pistachios were originally imported in the 1880s for Americans of Middle Eastern descent. They were introduced to the rest of America as a snack food about 50 years later. They were usually dyed red to mask imperfections. Pistachios quickly gained popularity and were soon...
  3. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Blue Blazer

    The Blue Blazer was a popular flaming drink in 1862. This recipe comes from How to Mix Drinks: Or, the Bon-Vivant’s Companion by Jerry Thomas. Blue Blazer. (Use two large silver-plated mugs, with handles.) 1 wine-glass of Scotch whiskey. 1 do. [ditto] boiling water. Put the whiskey and the...
  4. Eleanor Rose

    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...
  5. Eleanor Rose

    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...
  6. JPK Huson 1863

    Period Another Wassail Recipe, In Case Days Of Yore Is Tomorrow

    Illustration inclusive of deep holiday traditions, the er, festive boar's head, yule log and of course the wassail bowl. It sure was a long standing tradition with many, many ' how to's ' through centuries. Here's one. Wassail! Core and roast six-large apples, and keep them near at hand while...
  7. JPK Huson 1863

    Period Gingerbread, It's That Time Of Year Again! Old Recipe, New Stuff

    Terrible photographer, better at baking. This year's batch of houses began in mid October, the search for recipes our ancestors used is all year 'round. It's not a hobby, iI do them for a purpose but it's really, really fun. The problem with newer recipes is they make everything so complicated...
  8. JPK Huson 1863

    Period Recipes Of The Harvest

    Harvest time was a huge, big celebration and not just in this country. There was a lot to celebrate. Harvest meant we ate for awhile longer. Here you go @donna. This year's thread- all corn, pumpkin, apple, squash and anything else fat and ripe enough for our ancestors to bake or squirrel away...
  9. JPK Huson 1863

    Period Rarebit, Welsh And Elsewhere

    Rabbits avoided a cheesy fate in this recipe, originally ' Welsh Rabbit '. We do that a lot- corn dogs for instance. Pretty sure they wouldn't get stocked much less eaten were dogs actually part of the recipe. No idea why I felt it important to track down what on earth was the genesis of '...
  10. JPK Huson 1863

    Period " Warm, Reekin Rich ", Burns, Haggis And The Brave Scots Who Ate it

    What's not to dance about? The Haggis is done. There's an awesome ' poetical cook book ' of the era. Some genius scoured poet references to food and dug up recipes for them. Guess what Burns managed to include in one of his? Whomever compiled the collection made a small blunder- please, please...
  11. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Sherry Cobbler

    Sherry became affordable for Americans in the Mid-19th century. They relied on imported sherry as well as its fortified cousin, Madeira. In the 1840s, the sherry cobbler became very popular. Our Victorian friends loved the “exotic” ingredients and ice was still a novelty. While ice wasn’t new...
  12. Cheswick

    Authentic Mrs. Bliss' Ginger Snaps

    The discussions last month about molasses started me thinking more seriously about ginger cookies. I've often been lazy when ginger cookies are concerned - I have some really wonderful modern recipes and have just used those. Ginger cookie recipes abound in the period, so I decided to give one...
  13. JPK Huson 1863

    Period Tomatoes Au Dinner, 1864

    LoC image, isn't it a wonderful advertisement? First thing I thought of when coming across this recipe. The Food Forum has had some wonderful discussions about fried green tomatoes. We don't seem smitten by them up here in PA unless I'm missing it. We had them growing up but it may have been...
  14. Cheswick

    Authentic Cup Cake No. 1

    It's been a long, extremely busy couple of months over here. I finally found some time to write up my experience with Cup Cakes.
  15. Eleanor Rose

    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...
  16. JPK Huson 1863

    Period Nectar Of The God(ey)s And Other Cool Stuff, 1862

    No botanist or entomologist, always assumed ' nectar ' was the stuff butterflies enchantingly drank from flowers. Toga togged gods and goddesses floating around some fig and roasted ox laden table drank it too. Someone brought it down to earth for we mortal humans, who knew? In 1862 you made it...
  17. 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...
  18. JPK Huson 1863

    Period " Dyspepsia Bread ", An Annoyed Recipe With Indigestion 1864

    Sometimes I'm convinced we require a bilingual dictionary Found in an 1864 cook book by " An American Lady " this hysterically named bread made with brown flour ( i.e. their version of unbleached meaning entire tree limbs inclusive of acorns went into it- chewy stuff! ) is- swear to goodness -...
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