June 19

06-19

Mock Consommé
Bread Sticks
*Cold Halibut, Sauce Tyrolienne
Dinner Rolls
Dressed Sliced Cucumbers with Lettuce
Toasterettes
Raspberry Cream Puffs
Café Noir

In 1914 June 19 was a Friday. You know what I’m going to say… fish!

Bread sticks and dinner rolls and crackers seems a bit excessive.

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June 17

06-17
Cavaire Canapés
Clam Bouillon
Salmon Swedish Timbales
Green Peas
Chicken Mousse
Finger Rolls
*Bombe Mousselaine
Assorted Cakes
Dinner Punch

In 1914 June 17 was a Wednesday. This is a pretty elaborate dinner for a Wednesday.

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June 14

06-14
Tomato Consommé
Croûtons
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.

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June 13


Spinach Soup
*Cheese Croûtons
Porterhouse Steak, Sauce Figaro
Stuffed Baked Potatoes
Creamed Asparagus
French Cream Cakes, Hot Chocolate Sauce

In 1914 June 13 was a Saturday.

Today is the day Scratch gave me this box of menus and recipes as an anniversary gift. Little did he know that it would launch this project.

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June 7

06-07
Consommé Dubarry
Stuffed Cushion of Veal, Brown Gravy
Savory Potatoes
Tomato Fritters
Asparagus Salad
*Strawberry Ice Cream
Lady Fingers

In 1914 June 7 was a Sunday.

With Strawberry Ice Cream, we have our third strawberry dessert of the month.

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May 25

05-25
*Chicken Hollandaise
Rice Timbales
Corn Salad
Toasted Fromage Rolls
Caramel Tapioca Cream
Devil’s Food Cake
Coffee

In 1914 May 25 was a Monday.

Chicken Hollandaise is made with cold chicken leftover from Sunday’s dinner.

I haven’t found the recipe yet for Caramel Tapioca Cream. I did find plain Tapioca Cream, which is where the link goes.

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May 22

05-22
*Cheese Canapés
Finnan Haddie, Caledonian Style
Turkish Pilaf
Lettuce, Mayonnaise
Strawberry Shortcake

In 1914 May 22 was a Friday.

Finnan Haddie is cold-smoked haddock. I can get it locally, so maybe I’ll try this recipe.

Fannie Farmer has recipes for Mayonnaise Dressing, but not just Mayonnaise, although Mayonnaise is mentioned in other recipes. I’m unclear if they are two different things or she just uses the two names interchangeably.

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April 30

04-30Oyster Soup
Oysterettes
Salmon Salad
Pimolas
Dinner Rolls
*Orange Pekoe Ice Cream
Angel Cake

In 1914 April 30 was a Thursday.

Pimolas are olives stuffed with pimiento. You know, what we usually find in a martini. I saw a suggestion that it was a portmanteau  of “pimiento” and “olive”

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