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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January 16

01-16
Celery Soup
Dinner Biscuits
Boiled Halibut, *Huntington Sauce
Mashed Potatoes
Tomato Soufflé
Fig Custard
Café Noir

In 1914 January 16 was a Friday. Fish again!

I am guessing the Huntington Sauce is in honor of Ralph Huntington, who was instrumental in the creation of Back Bay (for those not local, it’s a neighborhood that was built the 19th century on what was once a tidal bay) and for whom Huntington Avenue was named.

Perhaps today’s Mashed Potatoes are made from leftovers from yesterday’s Riced Potatoes.

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January 6

Celery Soup
Turkey Soufflé
Brussels Sprouts
*Deerfoot Potatoes
Steamed Cranberry Pudding
Creamy Sauce
Café Noir

In 1914 January 6 was a Tuesday.

The Turkey Soufflé is probably meant to use up the leftovers from the roast turkey on the 4th. I have not yet found a specific recipe for it, but presumably one could make Chicken Soufflé and substitute turkey.

Why Deerfoot Potatoes? Because the best sausages came from Deerfoot Farms in Southborough, Massachusetts! According to an ad in the New York Times in January 1914 they are “Made of the tender meat of dairy fed young porkers, daintily seasoned with selected spices.” Fannie Farmer frequently uses specific, and often local, brands in her recipes. 

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January 5

Broiled Beefsteak
Maître d’Hôtel Potatoes
Mashed Squash
Lettuce and Radish Salad
Fromage Rolls
*Nut Prune Soufflé

In 1914 January 5 was a Monday.

This is a pretty simple menu, without a starter, but with some fancy bread.

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