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 16

02-16

Potato Soup
Cold Sliced Roast Turkey
Hot Brown Gravy
Cranberry Mould
*Escalloped Potatoes
Corn Fritters
Honeycomb Pudding, Creamy Sauce

In 1914 February 16 was a Monday.

As frequently happens on Monday, we are eating Sunday leftovers. I like how it specifies that the turkey is cold, but the gravy is hot.

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February 14

02-14
Cream of Corn Soup
Crisp Crackers
Pan Broiled Lamb Chops
Canned Peas
Turkish Pilaf
*Custard Soufflé, Sabayon Sauce

In 1914 February 14 was a Saturday. Despite it being Valentine’s Day, it’s not a particularly romantic menu. The Boston Cooking School was fond of theme meals, including color themes. I thought this might have been a red or a pink menu, but nope, there’s really nothing that says “Valentine’s Day” here, unless you find canned peas romantic.

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February 8

02-08Clam Soup
Toasted Johnny Cake
Stuffed Olives
Radishes
Roast Chicken, Brown Gravy
Paprika Potatoes
*Corn Croquettes
Manhattan Pudding
Devil’s Food Cake
Crackers
Cheese
Café Noir

In 1914 February 8 was a Sunday.

I haven’t found a recipe for Johnny Cake yet, but it’s like a corn cake.

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February 5

02-05
*Vegetable Soup
Baked Chicken
Corn Fritters
Potatoes en Casserole
Fruit Salad
Cream Wafers
Assorted Nuts and Raisins
Coffee

In 1914 February 5 was a Thursday.

The fruit salad is part of the salad course, rather than dessert, since it’s served with crackers. There are a couple of recipes for savory salads, like this one.

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February 4, Vegetable Menu

02-04
French Fried Potatoes
*Corn Soufflé
Spinach à la Béchamel
Dressed Lettuce with Pimiento Ribbons
Baked Indian Pudding
Wafer Crackers
Cream Cheese
Café Noir

In 1914 February 4 was a Wednesday.

An all-vegetable meal must have been so unusual that it got its own special day.

Wafer Crackers were whole wheat crackers made by the Johnson Educator Food Company in Boston.

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