September 14

09-14

Creole Soup
Brown Crackers
*Broiled Kidneys
Paprika Potato Cubes
Green Corn
Cream of Rice Pudding

In 1914 September 14 was a Monday.

I haven’t found a recipe for Cream of Rice Pudding. I’m guessing it’s a baked pudding made with cream of rice cereal, but I don’t know for sure.

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August 29

08-29

Broiled Sirloin Steak
Antler Potatoes
*Stuffed Peppers, Corn Mixture
Blackberry Shortcake
Coffee

In 1914 August 29 was a Saturday.

Antler Potatoes (in The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book as Potatoes à l’Antlers”) may be referring to The Antlers Country Club in upstate New York. Now called Rolling Hills, it opened in 1901. The recipe does not appear in the 1896 edition of the cookbook, which further supports my theory. However, I haven’t yet found a menu or any mention of a famous potato dish, so it remains a theory.

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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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July 28

07-28

*Broiled Live Lobster
Toasted Corn Cakes
Lamb Chops
Potatoes à la Maitre d’Hotel
Summer Squash
Peach Cottage Pudding, Cream Sauce

In 1914 July 28 was a Tuesday.

There are several recipes for lamb chops, corn cakes, and summer squash. It’s hard to tell which ones we’re intended to use.

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July 23

07-23

*Veal and Sago Soup
O’Brion Potatoes
Shell Beans
Corn on the Cob
Berry Pie
Cheese
Café Noir

In 1914 July 23 was a Thursday.

These days “sago” is often a synonym for tapioca, but they come from different plants. Fannie is very specific: Tapioca is starch obtained from tuberous roots of the bitter cassava, native of South America. Sago is starch obtained from sago palms, native of India. (The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, p. 6)

The Berry Pie might be blueberry or blackberry.

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July 16

07-16

*Creamed Fish in Scallop Shells
Rolls
Pan Broiled Lamb Chops
Mashed Potatoes
Green Corn
Steamed Apple Pudding, Foamy Sauce

In 1914 July 16 was a Thursday.

I made the Creamed Fish in Scallop Shells. You can watch the process below!

The verdict was, easy to make, not bad, although a little bland, a good way to use up leftover fish.

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June 15

06-15
Appledore Soup
Crisp Crackers
French Fried Potatoes
*Corn Toast
Buttered Asparagus
Bread and Butter Pudding, Roxbury Sauce

In 1914 June 15 was a Monday. Instead of leftovers from Sunday’s roast, because there wasn’t one, we have a meatless meal.

Appledore Soup is just potato soup with ketchup stirred into it. This is a pretty starchy meal, except for the asparagus.

Roxbury is a part of Boston. There’s also a recipe for Cambridge Sauce, which is the next city over, across the river.

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