April 6

04-06

Cream of Pea Soup
Crisp Crackers
Boiled[sic] Beef Steak, Oyster Blanket
Maître d’Hôtel Potatoes
Buttered Parsnips
*Rhubarb Tapioca Pudding

In 1914 April 6 was a Monday.

I believe that the “Boiled Beef Steak” is a typo and ought to be “Broiled”.

As it turns out, today is my father’s birthday and we also had steak with an oyster blanket on my birthday in February. Just funny how that worked out.

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March 31

03-31
Oyster Cocktails
Breaded Lamb Chops, Tomato Sauce
Potato Moulds
Spinach, Egg Garnish
Lettuce and Radish Salad
*Fruit Cream

In 1914 March 31 was a Tuesday.

Fannie Farmer has a recipe for Breaded Mutton Chops. I figure that for lamb, just cook them a little less.

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March 23

03-23

Julienne Soup
Cold Sliced Turkey
Dinner Rolls
*Norfolk Oysters
Pineapple and Celery Salad
Cheese Fingers
Harvard Pudding, Foamy Sauce

In 1914 March 23 was a Monday. We’re having leftover turkey from Sunday’s dinner.

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March 14

03-14
Celery and Tomato Purée
Imperial Sticks
Broiled Steak, Oyster Blanket
*Potatoes en Casserole
Lettuce and Radish Salad, French Dressing
Raisin Puff, Wine Sauce

In 1914 March 14 was a Saturday.

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February 26

02-26
*Oysters Louisiane
Pot Roast with Dumplings
Dressed Lettuce, Russian Style
Canton Sponge
Cream Sauce

In 1914 February 26 was a Thursday.

We’ve had Dressed Lettuce often as a salad, but how to serve it “Russian Style” remains a mystery for now.

The dessert, a steamed pudding made with preserved ginger in syrup, and its sauce are listed a separate items instead of the usual format of “Canton Sponge, Cream Sauce”. A design choice for the card or an indication how it should be served?

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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 19

02-19

St. Germain Soup
Beefsteak with Oyster Blanket
Spinach
Stuffed Potatoes
*Frangipan Cream Pie
Coffee

In 1914 February 19 was a Thursday.

It’s my birthday! As a special treat for you all, I cooked today’s featured recipe, Frangipan Cream Pie.

It’s three layers of pie crust with a custardy filling in between.

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February 13

02-13
Raw Oysters
Oyster Crackers
Creamed Salt Codfish
Baked Potatoes
Boston Brown Bread
Dressed Lettuce with Pimiento Ribbons
*Wine Jelly
Chocolate Cake

In 1914 February 13 was a Friday. We’ve got fish again!

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January 30

01-30
Creamed Oysters with Celery
Imperial Sticks
Boston Baked Beans
Mustard PIckles
Boston  Brown Bread
*Washington Pie
Coffee

In 1914 January 30 was a Friday. Guess what? Fish again! That’s every Friday for a month. Let’s see what February holds…

I couldn’t find a specific recipe for Creamed Oysters with Celery. I would use the linked recipe and use sliced celery instead of the optional mushrooms.

Whenever Imperial Sticks come up on these menus I’m asked “Like the margarine?” In fact, they’re more like large croutons, made from buttered, toasted stale bread.

Like its probably descendent Boston Cream Pie, Washington Pie is not pie, but two layers of  cake with a filling — in this case, jam.

How unusual! The menu calls for Coffee instead of the more frequent Café Noir

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January 15

01-15

Broiled Oysters
Celery
Bread Sticks
*Boiled Calves’ Tongues
Mashed Squash
Riced Potatoes
Lettuce and Cucumber Salad
Saltines
Mince Pie
Cheese
Café Noir

In 1914 January 15 was a Thursday.

Ricing potatoes was a pretty common treatment at this time, which seems to have fallen out of favor. Does anyone use a ricer? I’ve got one on my wish list…

The lettuce and cucumber salad is deceptively simple, but the presentation is everything — alternating leaves of lettuce and slices of cucumber. 
A Chapon. Remove a small piece from end of French loaf and rub over with a clove of garlic, first dipped in salt. Place in bottom of salad bowl before arranging salad. A chapon is often used in vegetable salads, and gives an agreeable additional flavor.” (The Boston Cooking School Cook Book, p. 323)

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