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!

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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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April 19

04-19

*Chicken Gumbo
Roast Stuffed Leg of Veal, Brown Gravy
Riced Potatoes
Tomato Fritters
French Fruit Salad
Wafer Crackers
Marshmallow Pudding
Devil’s Food Cake

In 1914 April 19 was a Sunday.

The French Fruit Salad is, as you might expect, a salad of fruit and nuts. What makes it French and a salad, rather than a dessert, is French dressing. I know you probably just thought of the creamy orange stuff, but at this time French dressing was a simple vinaigrette.

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April 9

04-09

Cream of Asparagus Soup
Imperial Sticks
*Allerton Potatoes
Dandelions
Corn Fritters
Pineapple Salad
Cream Cheese
Wafer Crackers
Café Noir

In 1914 April 9 was a Thursday.

There are a couple of “Allerton” recipes on these menus. An Allerton was on Mayflower and that might be the family this dishes are named after, but the most famous Allertons I found from Fannie’s time were a banking family in Chicago.

Signs of early spring — we’ve got Dandelions on the menu!

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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 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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