September 17

09-17

Appledore Soup
Duchess Crusts
Savory Oysters
Parker House Rolls
Potato Croquettes
Radishes
*Macaroon Ice Cream
Sponge Drops
Café Noir

In 1914 September 17 was a Thursday.

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August 25

08-25

Cream of Pea Soup
Toasted Triangles
Cold Sliced Corned Beef
Baked Potatoes, Hotel Style
Devilled Tomatoes
Milk Sherbet
*Berwick Sponge Cake

In 1914 August 25 was a Tuesday.

Berwick Sponge Cake was famous in New England. The Boston and Maine Railway stopped in North Berwick and passengers flocked to a nearby restaurant where Mary Ann Briggs had invented and sold this cake. The 11-year-old Kate Douglas Wiggin (later the author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm) remembered seeing Charles Dickens offered a piece of Berwick sponge cake at the station. After the restaurant closed, the recipe was sold to a Boston bakery. The New England Historical Society has more about the cake.

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August 20

08-20

Clam Chowder
Cold Sliced Tongue
Baked Potatoes
Dinner Rolls
Blackberries and Cream
*Priscilla Cake

In 1914 August 20 was a Thursday.

I’m wondering if the Priscilla Cake has anything to do with The Modern Priscilla magazine.

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August 17

08-17

Appledore Soup
Croûtons
French Fried Potatoes
Succotash
Baked Tomatoes
*Sautéd Pears, Chocolate Sauce
Sponge Cakes

In 1914 August 17 was a Monday. A meatless Monday, to be specific. With two different kinds of potatoes — the soup as well as the French fries.

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August 14

08-14

Fruit Soup
*Moulded Salmon
Dinner Rolls
Lettuce and Peas, Mayonnaise Dressing
Frozen Chocolate with Whipped Cream
Raisin Cake

In 1914 August 14 was a Friday. Once again we have fish — fish loaf this time.

Fruit Soup and Raisin Cake remain a mystery for now.

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August 3

08-03

Broiled Live Lobster
Shredded Potatoes
Toasted Corn Bread
*Allerton Salad
Wafer Crackers
Sliced Peaches with Cream
Election Cake

In 1914 August 3 was a Monday.

I was surprised that there was no recipe for corn bread to be found. Corn cakes, yes, but not corn bread.

I wonder if this is more of the election cake we had on July 31st.

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August 2

08-02
Julienne Soup
Roast Crown of Lamb
Rice Croquettes with Currant Jelly
String Beans
Cucumber Salad
Graham Sandwiches
*Raspberry Ice
Nut Caramel Cake

In 1914 August 2 was a Sunday.

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July 31

07-31

Steamed Halibut, *Shrimp Sauce
Riced Potatoes
Green Corn
Hindu Salad
Graham Sandwiches
Sliced Peaches with Cream
Election Cake

In 1914 July 31 was a Friday. Which is why there is fish on the menu.

There’s not a lot of internal consistency between the cards and the cookbooks or even within the books. In the 1912 edition of The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, published one year before these cards were released, today’s salad is spelled “Hindoo”.  Why it would be named that is an additional mystery. Also, the Election Cake is to be served with Boiled Milk Frosting. There is no such recipe in the cookbook. There is, however,  a Milk Frosting, which is prepared by boiling.

Steaming does not appear as an option in Ways of Cooking Fish (The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, p.160), however the recipe for Steamed Halibut, Silesian Sauce tells us: Steam by cooking over boiling water a piece of halibut weighing two pounds.

Graham Sandwiches are presumably sandwiches on Graham bread (a whole wheat bread), but I can’t find a recipe to tell me what the filing is.

Election Cake is a very old style of cake, as it’s yeast-raised and full of dried fruit. I’ve seen English recipes like this in 16th century cookbooks. In America, this cake goes back to the 18th century, with the first published recipe by  Amelia Simmons. Elections were an occasion to be celebrated in the United States and these cakes were baked in huge sizes. Fannie’s version seems more modest.

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