October 13

10-13

Tomato Soup
Souffléd Crackers
Olives
Curled Celery
Casserole of Lamb
Spaghetti, Italian Style
*Stewed Stuffed Figs

In 1914 October 13 was a Tuesday.

There’s no recipe that I could find for Spaghetti, Italian Style, so we’re having Macaroni, Italian Style and substituting spaghetti.

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September 29

09-29

Clam Chowder
Cold Sliced Roast Beef, *Pepper Relish
Scrub Potatoes
Boston Brown Bread
Steamed Apple Pudding, Creamy Sauce

In 1914 September 29 was a Tuesday. We’re having leftover roast beef from Sunday.

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September 22

09-22

Pea Soup
Toasted Triangles
Cold Sliced Corned Beef
Mashed Potatoes
*Baked Tomatoes, Cream Sauce
Cucumber Cups
Cheese Fingers
Compote of Pears

In 1914 September 22 was a Tuesday.

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September 15

09-15

*Cream of Cauliflower Soup
Cheese Crackers
Fried Chicken, Southern Style
Sweet Potatoes au Gratin
Sliced Tomatoes
Macaroon Cream

In 1914 September 15 was a Tuesday.

I don’t know if the Cheese Crackers are cheese-flavored crackers or crackers to be served with cheese.

Continuing September’s theme, we have another tomato dish. Five so far this month.

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September 8

09-08

Stewed Kidneys
Dumplings
Potato Balls
Broiled Tomatoes
Lettuce and Cucumber Salad
*Raisin Puff, Cream Sauce

In 1914 September 8 was a Tuesday.

I haven’t found a recipe for Stewed Kidneys. Fannie Farmer has this to say about cooking kidneys: Kidneys must be cooked a short time, or for several hours; they are tender after a few minutes’ cooking, but soon toughen, and need hours of cooking to again make them tender. I have to assume that since they are “stewed” these kidneys were cooked for hours.

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September 1

09-01

Cream of Pea Soup
Crisp Crackers
Cold Sliced Corned Beef
Baked Potatoes
*Devilled Tomatoes
Lyman Apples
Nut Wafers

In 1914 September 1 was a Tuesday. This menu is very similar to August 25 — same soup, meat, potatoes, and vegetable.

I’m not completely sure what she means by Lyman Apples. My best guess is apples from Lyman Orchard in Connecticut, which was established in 1741.

Tomatoes are abundant in September as there are 10 dishes featuring tomatoes this month, including recipes for 5 of them. I tried the Devilled Tomatoes, which you can see here:

The tomatoes themselves were underwhelming, but the sauce wasn’t bad.

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August 25

08-25

Cream of Pea Soup
Toasted Triangles
Cold Sliced Corned Beef
Baked Potatoes, Hotel Style
Devilled Tomatoes
Milk Sherbet
*Berwick Sponge Cake

In 1914 August 25 was a Tuesday.

Berwick Sponge Cake was famous in New England. The Boston and Maine Railway stopped in North Berwick and passengers flocked to a nearby restaurant where Mary Ann Briggs had invented and sold this cake. The 11-year-old Kate Douglas Wiggin (later the author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm) remembered seeing Charles Dickens offered a piece of Berwick sponge cake at the station. After the restaurant closed, the recipe was sold to a Boston bakery. The New England Historical Society has more about the cake.

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August 4

08-04

Iced Tomato Bouillon
Cold Sliced Tongue
Dinner Rolls
*Jellied Vegetable Ring
Coffee Soufflé
Wafer Crackers
Pineapple Cheese

In 1914 August 4 was a Tuesday.

NortonPineappleCheese-e1363634699709When I first saw “Pineapple Cheese” I thought it might be a sliceable fruit preserve, like damson or quince cheese. Some further research showed that it was, in fact, cheese shaped like a pineapple! In 1809 Lewis M. Norton of Goshen, Connecticut began making these unusual cheeses and shortly thereafter patented the process. The cheddar-style cheese was pressed in a pineapple-shaped mold  and then hung in nets to cure, which gave it a pineapple texture. The outside was painted with linseed oil or even shellack to create a hard rind.

To serve the cheese, it was placed in a holder and the top was cut off. Then the cheese inside the rind was removed with a special scoop.

The pineapple cheese was a popular gift as the  pineapple is a symbol of welcome. It was an extravagant gift too, as it was one of the more expensive cheeses.

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