February 27

02-27
Fried Cod
Pork Scraps
Boiled Beets
Potatoes au Gratin
*Fruit and Nut Salad
Graham Sandwiches
Prune Whip, Custard Sauce

In 1914 February 27 was a Friday. Fish again!

Fried Cod and Pork Scraps are two separate items, but served together.

Graham bread is whole wheat bread. I’m guessing the Graham Sandwiches are small bread and butter sandwiches to accompany the salad, but I don’t know for sure.

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February 26

02-26
*Oysters Louisiane
Pot Roast with Dumplings
Dressed Lettuce, Russian Style
Canton Sponge
Cream Sauce

In 1914 February 26 was a Thursday.

We’ve had Dressed Lettuce often as a salad, but how to serve it “Russian Style” remains a mystery for now.

The dessert, a steamed pudding made with preserved ginger in syrup, and its sauce are listed a separate items instead of the usual format of “Canton Sponge, Cream Sauce”. A design choice for the card or an indication how it should be served?

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February 25

02-25
Clam Bisque
*French Fried Potatoes
Baked Macaroni, Tomato Sauce
Moulded Spinach, Egg Garnish
Dressed Lettuce
Cheese Croquettes
Saltines
Apple Pie
Coffee

In 1914 February 25 was a Wednesday. It’s also Ash Wednesday, which may be why it’s a meatless menu.

For a simple dish, that macaroni involves consulting a number of recipes. You’re supposed to cook it like Baked Macaroni, but with tomato sauce. The Baked Macaroni  recipe tells you to start with Macaroni with White Sauce. Going to that recipe sends you to Boiled Macaroni.

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February 24

02-24
*Crab Meat Timbales
Boiled Ham
Mashed Potatoes
Dinner Rolls
Snow Pudding, Custard Sauce
Assorted Nuts

In 1914 February 24 was a Tuesday. It’s also Shrove Tuesday (aka Mardi Gras aka the last day before Lent), but I don’t see that reflected in the menu.

Timbales are deep-fried pastry shells made by dipping a heated form (a timbale iron) in batter and then in hot fat. The resultant timbale cases are filled, in this case with creamed crab and mushrooms. One can still get timbale (and rosette) irons from Nordic Ware*. (And perhaps some day I shall…)

*I have no affiliation with Nordic Ware other than being a satisfied user of their bakeware.

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February 23

02-23
In 1914 February 23 was a Monday. No menu today, just the featured recipe from yesterday that wouldn’t fit on the card. I figure we’re eating leftovers.

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February 22, Washington’s Birthday Dinner

02-22
Oyster Cocktails
Pimiento Consommé
Bread Sticks
Maryland Chicken
Hominy, Virginia Style
Corn à la Southern
Huntington Salad
Brown Bread Sandwiches
*Frozen Pudding
Sponge Cakes
Toasted Crackers
Cheese
Café Noir

In 1914 February 22 was a Sunday. It’s also a holiday, so we have a special, elaborate menu today in honor of the first president.

As Washington was a son of Virginia, the menu skews southern. Or, at least, a New England version of southern cooking… We get a very Bostonian salad and sandwich.

It’s interesting that there’s no cherry pie, a staple of mid-century Washington’s Birthday menus. Instead we get frozen pudding, but we’ll have to wait until tomorrow for the recipe.

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February 21

02-21
Pork Chops
Escalloped Tomatoes
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Lettuce and Radish Salad
Butter Thins
*Steamed Ginger Pudding, Vanilla Sauce
Café Noir

In 1914 February 21 was a Saturday.

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February 20

02-20
*Fillets of Halibut, Haddon
Shredded Potatoes
Beefsteak Pie
Irish Moss Blanc Mange, Banana Slices

In 1914 February 20 was a Friday. We’ve got fish again! But we’ve also got beefsteak pie, probably made from yesterday’s leftovers.

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February 19

02-19

St. Germain Soup
Beefsteak with Oyster Blanket
Spinach
Stuffed Potatoes
*Frangipan Cream Pie
Coffee

In 1914 February 19 was a Thursday.

It’s my birthday! As a special treat for you all, I cooked today’s featured recipe, Frangipan Cream Pie.

It’s three layers of pie crust with a custardy filling in between.

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