Monday, May 13, 2019
Monday, May 6, 2019
This cake was named for a Dickens character in an 1839 novel and the ensuing 1870s dress style. The earliest recipe, in 1877, had four layers - chocolate, white (egg whites), rose (cochineal), and yellow (egg yolks) - with frosting. The new cake had appeared in several state fair lists in 1876.
Monday, April 29, 2019
Monday, April 22, 2019
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Monday, April 8, 2019
In an early (1842) detailed description to pipe icing onto cakes, paper was rolled into a cone, and the end was cut. In addition to "stout foolscap paper" the author also used small bags made of "gut of the ox" with tin tips. Urbain Dubois noted in his Artistic Cookery, 1870, that "icing-sugar, squeezed through a cornet" was an "innovation of rather recent date" and kept secret, which he learned in the 1840s in Rome.
Monday, March 25, 2019
Monday, March 18, 2019
Monday, March 11, 2019
While in France, Jefferson ordered William Short (who was for a time his personal secretary) to buy a macaroni (Jefferson spelled it maccaroni) machine from Naples which eventually was shipped to America. Their correspondence and Jefferson's drawings are below. Click to enlarge
Friday, March 1, 2019
When the wider silver folks came out some continued to eat with two prong steel forks or knife. An American defended "that Americans have as good a right to their own fashions" and to eat off a knife in 1837. Even 15 years later a British visitor remarked on the habits of Baltimore women still using two prong forks.
Monday, February 18, 2019
The peppery soup of tripe (stomach lining), meats and vegetables was very popular in Philadelphia. So popular, that later recipes were labeled "Philadelphia Pepper Pot" in cookbooks not published in Phila. British recipes for the dish "sort of clear-larder" of seasonal or leftover veggies; meats and even seafood (but no tripe), then highly seasoned with pepper. The Dutch (pepper trade) and Virginia Housewife connection?
Monday, February 11, 2019
Monday, February 4, 2019
Monday, January 28, 2019
Monday, January 21, 2019
Monday, January 14, 2019
By 1815, Gadsby's Indian Queen Hotel had state-of-the-art kitchen equipment: a "patent oven" (metal wall oven), "steam for boiling" (steam kitchens), "stoves set in brick" (stew stoves), and smoke jacks to turn meat on spits and a coffee roaster.
Monday, January 7, 2019
Monday, December 31, 2018
Baked Alaska - Alaska Bake, "Alaska, Florida," Baked ice-cream, Hot Ice Cream, Roasted ice, and Glace meringue au four
Alaska, a state for 60 years (Jan. 3) - only 60?! - was bought from Russia in 1867. Soyer's may have been the first recipe in English, Delmonico's in NYC the first to use "Alaska" as it's name, "Alaska Bake" appeared in a Phila. cookbook in 1886, "Baked Alaska" 1896 and Thomas Jefferson...
Monday, December 24, 2018
Printed in 1830, the image shows a well fed farmer, whose wife is slicing the plum pudding for dessert. The children sit at a stool, while one is standing on a bellows with the dog waiting for a slice. The hearth mantle is decorated with greens.
Monday, December 17, 2018
Holly and other greens not only festooned homes, taverns, churches and "Christmas sports," they also decorated plum puddings, boar's heads and other food items. Hundreds of men gathered the greens - "a-Christmasing" - often trespassing.