Tomato Consommé
Fried Chicken, Southern Style
Baked Hominy
Tomato Fritters
*Lenox Strawberries
Cream Sponge Cake
Café Noir

In 1914 June 14 was a Sunday.

This was the first menu card I shared with the Mid-Century Menu Group on Facebook, joining daily menus and recipes from Meta Given’s The Modern Family Cook Book from 1948. And from there this project was launched.

Our sixth strawberry dessert this month and I tried it out!

After testing this out, I took my own suggestion. I sliced the strawberries and soaked them in the Lenox mixture, then heaped them on toasted biscuits, and topped with decorative globs of whipped cream (unsweetened, with a hint of almond extract). A delightful variation!

Although I said that the strawberries may have been named for the resort town of Lenox, MA, Mr. Scratch points out that they may have instead been named for The Lenox Hotel in Copley Square. Built in 1900, it was once the tallest building in Boston and is still operational today. This seems like more plausible source for the name since there is a recipe for Lenox Punch in the 1905 edition of The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, but not the 1896.

M2This project is supported by my Patrons on Patreon and donations from other enthusiasts of historic cookery. With your help I can acquire the unusual ingredients and equipment and do the research needed to continue my culinary adventures. Thank you so much!

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