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?

Friday, January 24, 2014

Food Friday: Krispy Cheese Wafers

Community cookbooks come in all formats. While we tend to associate them with having a comb binding, sometimes they are very simply put together.



Recipes from Salem Church gives us few clues to the place that it originated. The handwritten title, typewritten recipes, and staples suggest that it is pre 1990. Unfortunately, the Salem United Methodist church did not label what city or state it is located.  The previous owner of the cookbook states she thinks she picked it up in Iowa in the 1970s.

Today's recipe is an interesting one. Most of us have had a  "traditional" Rice Krispy Treat with all of its sweet gooey goodness. Krispy Cheese Wafers uses the cereal in a more savory way.



Have you made a recipe using Rice Krispies that wasn't for the Rice Krispy Treat?


My thanks goes out to Lee Eltzroth for gifting me this and many other cookbooks. Please visit her great blog Hunting and Gathering.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Food Friday: Easy Squash Casserole

Today's unique community cookbook is courtesy of my friend Lee Eltzroth at Hunting and Gathering. (Thanks Lee!)



The Northfield Garden Club of Livingston. Favorite Squash Recipes from Garden Club Members is a thin volume with only 15 pages of recipes.  Today's Easy Squash Casserole sorta reminds me of Green Bean Casserole. Heck, maybe you can throw a can of soup on other vegetables, top it with fried onions or cheese and you have a new family holiday tradition.


Note that the recipe calls for the casserole to be baked for 3/4 hours.