"Old Christmas" was January 6th and new was December 25 in the following story. The father kept Christmas on the old date when the mother Martha Gold served her locally famous pudding - recipe below. From an 1866 British magazine.
Monday, December 25, 2017
Plum pudding for Old Christmas Day
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Labels: Christmas, Plum Pudding, Twelfth Night
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Flowering fruit tree branches as Christmas trees
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Monday, December 11, 2017
Luciadagen or St. Lucia Day breakfast
In Sweden, the oldest daughter in the family wears a wreath of candles on her head and serves breakfast ... then the family goes back to bed. In the 'old calendar' the day fell on the shortest day of the year.
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Monday, December 4, 2017
Belsnickel or Pelznichel
In Germany and Pennsylvania Dutch areas, Belsnickel or Pelznichel appeared on Dec.6 - the Saint's day of Saint Nicholas. He carried a rod and wore a scary disguise, with jingling bells and clanging chains... not a jolly Santa Claus.
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Monday, November 27, 2017
How to Cook Apples - over 100 ways - by Georgiana Hill in 1865
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Monday, November 20, 2017
Pumpkin Pie poem recipe
A poem about gathering pumpkins heaped "high in the old red cart" hauled by oxen then made into a pie appeared in the November 23, 1889 edition of Good Housekeeping.
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Labels: Pie, Poem recipes, Pumpkins
Monday, November 13, 2017
Syringes and presses for fancy cookies
The familiar aluminum Mirro cookie press of the 1960s was preceded by Swedish sprutas, syringes, biscuit forcers & presses. The dough is forced out as a long "ornamental" ribbon, then cut into individual cookies.
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Pine Apple Syrup for ice cream and Pineapple ice cream
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Monday, October 30, 2017
"Tricks" done on Halloween in Pa. Dutch areas
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Labels: Halloween, Pennsylvania
Monday, October 23, 2017
Apple cider press in 1840s Germany
The lovely long curved oak trough and millstone, apple press, and 'monstrous tuns' were used to turn the "golden apples" into "apple-wine" or cider. Cows pulled the wagons during the harvest.
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Monday, October 16, 2017
Citron melons for ice cream, jelly, sweetmeats, marmalade, tarts, sauce (applesauce) and syrup
The melon cannot be eaten unprocessed but when cooked in sugar water it is candied and used in cakes, puddings, mincemeat, green custard; it's pectin will help other fruit jellies; a substitute for applesauce or pie/tarts filling; or pickled like watermelon rind.
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Labels: Citron melon, Ice Cream
Monday, October 9, 2017
Dog powered turnspits
A little dog - the turnspit dog - ran inside the wheel high on the wall which turned the spit in front of the fire. The turn-spit was mentioned in a 1601 inventory (dog-wheell). Several early quotes from 17th through 19th century writings.
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Labels: Kitchen, Spits and jacks
Monday, October 2, 2017
Southern Maryland Stuffed Ham and Oyster dinners in St. Mary's County, MD
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Labels: Ham, Kentucky, Maryland, Maryland Food History, Stuffed Ham
Monday, September 25, 2017
Schnitz - dried apple slices, 1749 Schnitz House, schnitz baskets, schnitz un knepp
Schnitz are slices of apples placed on drying racks then put in a slack brick bake oven. People could gather for 'apple cuts' parties, or in a building such as the Schnitz House. The dried apples were stored in rye baskets in the Lancaster, Pa. area and prepared in pies or Schnitz un Knepp.
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Labels: Apples, Pennsylvania
Monday, September 18, 2017
Seckel or Seckle Pears originally from Philadelphia
The Seckel pear, the "finest pear," had a celebrated ‘original tree’ on Seckel’s farm, later part of the Stephen Girard estate, south of Philly. The tree was said to have been found in the 1760s, survived for decades and was even pictured in magazines.
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Labels: Pears, Pennsylvania
Monday, September 11, 2017
Asenath Nicholson - from Graham crackers to the Irish famine
Nature’s Own Book 1835 (27 recipes in 9 of the 84 pages) and her 1848 A Treatise on Vegetable Diet (60 recipes in 10 of the pages).
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Labels: American women cookbook authors, Ireland
Monday, September 4, 2017
Soyer's Dublin Soup Kitchen 1847
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Labels: Cookbook authors, Soup, Soyer (Alexis)
Monday, August 28, 2017
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Monday, August 21, 2017
Mary Randolph's Peach ice cream
Mary Randolph's Virginia Housewife, first published in 1824, included many ice cream recipes - peach, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, cocoa nut, iced jelly, strawberry, raspberries, lemonade iced, citron melon, almond and... oyster.
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Monday, August 14, 2017
Standing in water for hours pushing their nets ahead of them in the sand, the picturesque Shrimpers captured the shrimp and/or prawns. When prepared, the shrimp formed "a delightful show, their brilliant red coats being garnished with green parsley." From Pyne's 1827 book.
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Monday, August 7, 2017
Summer Kitchen # 2 - 18th century out-kitchens
In a previous post - 7 years ago, (when this post was written, oops) - HERE, I discussed 19th century 'summer kitchens'. In the 18th century they were called 'out kitchens', or just 'kitchens'. The reason for the detached kitchens? - to keep homes "...more cool and Sweet" and "...because the Smell of hot Victuals, offensive in the hot Weather."
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Labels: Kitchen, Maryland, Summer Kitchen, Virginia
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Camp cookery - outdoor stewstove and improvised ovens
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Labels: Ovens, Stew stove
Monday, July 24, 2017
"The Nursery Chair" and a Gingerbread & lemonade stand
Two poems in a children's book from 1880. In the first poem, the little girl is "plucking the raisins so rich" from her [Queen Cakes?] "cake that is flavoured with spice." In the second poem - the children asked “If you please, Mrs. Grumpy, we’d like lemonade, and sweet sugar candy with almonds inlaid.”
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Monday, July 17, 2017
Alligator Pears since 1600 (Aguacates, Alvacatas, Avocados)
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Monday, July 10, 2017
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Monday, July 3, 2017
4th of July Kitchen Parade
A variety of kitchen items become musical instruments in this 1890 sketch: "Fourth of July in the Kitchen." Click to enlarge, closeups below...
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Labels: 4th of July, Holiday, Kitchen
Monday, June 26, 2017
Artificial crab, lobster and even anchovies
Richard Bradley's 1727 cookbook had several fake/mock crabs using liver or chicken & potatoes, anchovy liquor, lemon and placed in cleaned crab shells. In the 1870s cheese became a primary ingredient for mock crabs.
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Monday, June 12, 2017
Fishing Miseries - an 1833 advice book for fishermen
"Wading half an inch deeper than the tops of your boots, and finding afterwards that you must carry about with you four or five quarts [of water] in each, or must sit down on the wet grass whilst your attendant pulls them off, in order that you may empty them, and try to pull them on again."
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Monday, June 5, 2017
800 pound Plum Pudding - boiled in huge brewing kettle for a June fair
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Labels: Culinary History, Food History, Plum Pudding, Pudding
Monday, May 29, 2017
Flour mill and bakery onboard naval ships during Crimean War
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Monday, May 22, 2017
Greek and Turkish confectionary
These fabulous colored images are from Conditorei des Orients (1838) by Friedrich Unger, the German confectioner to King Otto I of Greece.
The first picture is a confectionery in Athens.
The first picture is a confectionery in Athens.
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Labels: Confectioners, Cookbooks
Monday, May 15, 2017
Brown-Eyed Susan Cake
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Labels: Cake, Drinks, Maryland Food History
Monday, May 8, 2017
Calling bees - Tanging or ringing
"Why does the old lady knock with her key on a frying-pan?" Bees swarm when the hives "be too much crowded by the young brood" and the weather warms in late April or May. To settle/calm the bees into an empty hive people would beat a kettle, pan or ring a little bell. Perhaps to sound like thunder or it was done to claim ownership of the swarm.
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Monday, May 1, 2017
Kentucky Bourbon Balls
The company, still in business, still sells the famed Bourbon Balls it created in 1938.
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Labels: Candy, Kentucky, Kentucky Derby
Monday, April 24, 2017
Maple Sugar described in Goodrich/Parley books
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Labels: Maple Sugar
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
H. L. Barnum's cookbook from Cincinnati
Not the great showman P. T. Barnum, but H. L. Barnum (another of the vast Conn. family), lived in Cincinnati in 1831 when he compiled the 400 page Family Receipts, including an egg and boiling tea substitute for milk.
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Labels: Cincinnati, Cookbook authors, Cookbooks
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Good Friday Hot Cross Buns kept for a year
Hot Cross Buns stored for a year? Cornish folklore- "In some of our farmhouses the Good Friday cake may be seen hanging to the bacon-rack, slowly diminishing..." Poor Robin's Almanack of 1753 noted it would not get moldy and was used to cure illnesses in humans and farm animals.
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Monday, April 3, 2017
Easter in Germany - hares laying eggs?? decorations, egg hunt and toss
It is very interesting, to those of us raised accepting a bunny delivered Easter eggs, that writers outside of Germany and the German areas of the US were perplexed by the tradition. And surprised by the egg hunt. The following excerpts and sketches from an 1878 article also show the range of chocolate or sugared figures far exceed our chocolate bunnies and eggs...
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Labels: Easter Eggs
Monday, March 27, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
Nott's Barley Gruel
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Monday, March 13, 2017
Melting snow with salt - in Victorian England
"Persons can do few more silly or injurious things than to sprinkle salt upon snow before their doors. The result is to change dry snow or ice at the temperature of 32°, to brine at 0°. So low a temperature affecting the feet of passengers is a prolific source of colds. If, then, any one does sprinkle salt upon snow in the street, he ought to feel it a matter of conscience to sweep it away immediately."
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Monday, March 6, 2017
Geometry in food
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Monday, February 27, 2017
Those annoying cries of London
The following excerpt from 1827 describes "the incessant bawling of" street vendors to the annoyance of those "who have not the happiness to be deaf." From the "muffin man's little bell," the bakers barking dogs, to a "stentorian bawler" for beer bottles until "the characters thicken, and tenfold cries distract the worried ear."
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Monday, February 13, 2017
Baker's cart guard dogs
The little dogs under the cart to the left, did not pull the cart, but would protect the contents by wildly barking while the baker delivered his bread. The image is by the British artist WH Pyne, 1827 and the write up below about terriers in New York is from an 1872 magazine.
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Monday, February 6, 2017
Queen Victoria's chef Charles Elme Francatelli
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Labels: Cake, Cookbooks, Francatelli, Ice Cream
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Baron von Steuben's French chef at Valley Forge
Cooking beef on a string. Steuben's "cook of celebrity" couldn't prepare their ration of beef and bread without utensils. He asked their 'wagoner" how to cook the meat and was told "by hanging it up by a string, and turning it before a good fire..."
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Labels: Military, Revolutionary War, String cooking
Monday, January 23, 2017
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Thursday, January 19, 2017
A hard life - gathering & carrying firewood in the winter; start early in the morning
Cooking and heating needed fuel... and it was very labor intensive for the poor. "In the depth of snow" women and children dragged hacked up stumps, branches or anything the "wood police" allowed.
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Monday, January 9, 2017
Richard Dolby's The Cook's Dictionary and the Thatched House Tavern
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Labels: Cookbook authors, Cookbooks
Monday, January 2, 2017
Food History Conferences, Symposiums, Exhibits and Writings 2017
This year there are conferences/symposiums in Leeds and Oxford, UK; Oxford, Miss; France; Amsterdam. A new exhibit using Getty Institute images "The Edible Monument" is being held in Detroit. For food history in Pennsylvania, an upcoming special issue on food.
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Labels: Exhibits, Symposiums
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