Monday, April 21, 2014

The Next Day: Oh the Eggs!

Ok, so that was fun. You dyed a lot of eggs. Maybe you made some deviled eggs. Maybe you made egg salad. But what else is there?

Photo by Gena Philibert-Ortega, 2014


I'm glad you asked because 1971 is calling and they have some ideas.

So my friends here are some ideas courtesy of The Beta Sigma Phi Holiday Cookbook (1971).

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega
From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

Friday, April 18, 2014

Food Friday: Easter Recipes from 1971


From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

If you're like me you might be wondering what to cook on Sunday. It's a good time to have some ham but what else might go well with an Easter Sunday dinner?

Well, lucky for me I have The Beta Sigma Phi Holiday Cookbook (circa 1971). "900 Favorite Recipes Plus a Collection of Festive Menus and Ideas for Holiday Entertaining Throughout the Year." And they truly do mean throughout the year. There's even Lincoln's Birthday recipes. (Boy, I wish I had seen that a few months ago).

In all seriousness I do love these cookbooks by The Beta Sigma Phi because they include the women's names, chapter and place. What a great source for women. And these are women from all over the United States and Canada. (They also have international chapters.)

Spring Bonnet Cake. From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

So for dessert you may want to try this cake. It might also be good for leftover jelly beans or gummy candies. The recipe is part of the narrative, so it begins at the bottom of the first page and then continues on the top of the next.

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

And of course I can't just give you a boring ham recipe. So I share with you three casserole recipes which seems like an easier option after making that cake. Now I will say that the Macaroni Surprise Casserole Casserole (sic) would not be a happy surprise for me since I don't like peas. But it does have bacon which makes everything better.

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega


On Monday I will answer that age old question, what do I do with all of these eggs?

Happy Easter!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Food Friday: Drunken Stuffed Dates





Today's cookbook is Cooking on the Back Burner, Up and Down the Front Range. Volume 2. American Association of University Women. Colorado Springs Branch. 1980. You can read more about this branch here.

As an introduction there is a short history of the organization and the cookbook.


To learn more about AAUW see their website.

I'm a fan of appetizers so I thought I would share a page from the appetizers section. The date recipe, found at the end is probably one of the simplest recipes you could ever hope to find.


Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Food Friday: Women's Suffrage Cookbooks

For this Food Friday I thought we would take a look at Suffrage Cookbooks. Charity or community cookbooks were used to raise funds for causes, and women's suffrage was no exception. While I do not have any of these cookbooks in my own collection, you can find them digitized online and in special collections.

One such cookbook was The Woman Suffrage Cook Book  written by Mrs. Hattie A Burr around 1886. Several pages list recipe contributors, many of which were well-known names in the suffrage movement. The copy shown below is available from one of my favorite cookbook websites, Feeding America.


Who wouldn't want to cook a recipe from a well-known suffragette? How about an egg recipe from Alice Stone Blackwell, daughter of women's rights advocate Lucy Stone who went against tradition and didn't take her husband's surname (and that was in 1855).



There's also advertisements in this cookbook.


There's a great article about this cookbook on Emily Contois' website. There are other suffrage cookbooks online including:







Was your ancestor a suffragette?


Friday, February 21, 2014

Food Friday: Food for the Sick from 1876

One of the great things about those 19th century cookbooks is that they had a little bit of everything. Yes, they had recipes for food but they also had household hints for cleaning, laundry, and medicinal recipes. These books served as an all-in-one household guide for women.

Since I am now sick with the same thing that has plagued by family for a month and many of my friends, I decided to check out some recipes geared towards feeding the sick.

I don't know about you but all I remember eating if I was sick as a child was chicken noodle soup. I think it's possible my mom served me milk toast one time but typically the food of choice was canned chicken noodle soup.

Earlier generations had all sorts of ideas about what would make you well. Some look similar to what we might suggest today. Take for example some recipe ideas found in the following cookbook.



This section starts off with oysters then continues on with the non-appetizing gruel recipes.



While other recipes utilized alcohol to help the sick person.



Let's see, oysters and wine  sounds like something that would either cure you or help you forget you were sick.

What was  served  to the sick people in your family?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Food Friday: Valentine's Day 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!


From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega



Are you going out tonight or just making a cozy meal at home? Valentine's Day is one of those special food "occasions" that requires something different and often extraordinary.

In case you are staying home, here's some recipes courtesy of two editions (1925 and a later edition that has no date)  of The Metropolitan Cook Book (Metropolitan Life Insurance).



I have to admit that ever since I first saw the movie When Harry Met Sally I've wanted to have coconut cake with a chocolate sauce poured over it. If you have that hankering as well, here is a Chocolate Sauce from 1925.



If you believe in the power of oysters then you may want some ideas on how to prepare them.


Our ancestors ate oysters more frequently than most of us do. I've written about oysters on this blog and the GenealogyBank blog.

I would love to hear about your Valentine's Day food (or even that of past generations). Please leave a comment!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Food Friday: Everyday I Write the (Cook) Book 1970s style

Last week I featured a  "homemade" version of a community cookbook. This week, I decided to feature another example.

This week's Food Friday recipe comes from Teacher's Pets from the staff at Berlyn Avenue School (1971-1972). There is no city indicated in the cookbook but it was purchased in Claremont, California and there is a Berlyn Avenue School in the nearby city of Ontario.





The cover of this book may have been made by the school children. It appears to be created from a paper grocery sack and then decorated with crayon and paint.

This is what the inside of the cover looks like.

As one would expect from this era the pages  have been duplicated using a mimeograph machine.



Today's recipe has two things I love, sauerkraut and chocolate, though I hadn't really considered putting them together.

Has anyone tried this cake before?