June 30

06-30
Creamed Mushroom Canapés
Boiled Leg of Mutton, Caper Sauce
Mashed Potatoes
Carrots à la Poulette
*Chocolate Soufflé

In 1914 June 30 was a Tuesday.

This menu is almost identical to Family Dinners Menu No. XX in What to Have for Dinner. However, that one has soup instead of canapés and adds a salad and a sauce for the soufflé.

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June 22

06-22
Cream of Tomato Soup
Crisp Crackers
Fruit Salad, *Huntington Dressing
Salad Rolls
Custard Soufflé, Creamy Sauce
Café Noir

In 1914 June 22 was a Monday.

We are not having leftover meat from Sunday today. This seems more like a luncheon than dinner.

There are a lot of options for fruit salad in Fannie Farmer’s cook books. This one is going to be on the savory side, a salad course rather than a dessert. Following some of the existing recipes, you could arrange slices of your favorite fruits, like grapefruit, orange, banana, and/or grapes  and maybe some walnuts, on lettuce and pour over this savory dressing.

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May 16

05-16
Roasted Hamburg Steak
Baked Potatoes
*Quick Dinner Biscuits
Lettuce and String Bean Salad
Cheese Sandwiches
Coffee Soufflé

In 1914 May 16 was a Saturday.

Gem pans are like muffin tins, but shallower. They’re made of cast iron and the compartments have spaces between for more even heat circulation. The design was patented by Nathaniel Waterman of Boston in 1859.

Gem pan

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April 25

04-25*Cream of Spinach Soup
Crisp Crackers
Pan-Broiled Lamb Chops
Boiled Rice
Dandelions
Coffee Soufflé

In 1914 April 25 was a Saturday.

The Boiled Rice is attributed to “French Chef”. This is not the first time it’s come up and I’m curious to whom it refers.

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April 4

04-04
Spinach Soup
Toasted Crackers
Broiled Sirloin Steak
Sautéd Bananas
Escalloped Potatoes
Lettuce, *Tabasco Dressing
Water Thins
Coffee Soufflé

In 1914 April 4 was a Saturday.

Water Thins are a kind of cracker. I haven’t found a specific brand yet that Fannie Farmer recommended.

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March 25

03-25
*Black Bean Soup
O’Brion Potatoes
Corn Soufflé
Tomato Jelly Salad, Mayonnaise Dressing
Cream Wafers
Rhubarb Tapioca
Crackers
Cheese
Café Noir

In 1914 March 25 was a Wednesday.

In the recipe for Mayonnaise Dressing, Fannie Farmer says to use “A silver fork, wire whisk, small wooden spoon, or Dover Egg-beater may be used as preferred. If one has a Keystone Egg-beater, dressing may be made very quickly by its use.” The Dover eggbeater was the first rotary eggbeater sold in the US. The Keystone Egg and Cream Beater was more like a small churn, with beaters in a glass container with a lid. I can see how it would beat mayonnaise very quickly

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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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