August 1

08-01

Mock Bisque Soup
Croutons
Veal Cutlets, Brown Gravy
Creamed Potatoes
Succotash
*Peach Fritters
Snow Pudding, Custard Sauce

In 1914 August 1 was a Saturday.

I made the Peach Fritters. You can watch the  process and results in the video below. Also footage of a naughty cat.

Spoiler: they’re very good.

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July 16

07-16

*Creamed Fish in Scallop Shells
Rolls
Pan Broiled Lamb Chops
Mashed Potatoes
Green Corn
Steamed Apple Pudding, Foamy Sauce

In 1914 July 16 was a Thursday.

I made the Creamed Fish in Scallop Shells. You can watch the process below!

The verdict was, easy to make, not bad, although a little bland, a good way to use up leftover fish.

M2This project is supported by my Patrons on Patreon and donations from other enthusiasts of historic cookery. With your help I can acquire the unusual ingredients and equipment and do the research needed to continue my culinary adventures. Thank you so much!

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!

Although I said that the strawberries may have been named for the resort town of Lenox, MA, Mr. Scratch points out that they may have instead been named for The Lenox Hotel in Copley Square. Built in 1900, it was once the tallest building in Boston and is still operational today. This seems like more plausible source for the name since there is a recipe for Lenox Punch in the 1905 edition of The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, but not the 1896.

M2This project is supported by my Patrons on Patreon and donations from other enthusiasts of historic cookery. With your help I can acquire the unusual ingredients and equipment and do the research needed to continue my culinary adventures. Thank you so much!

April 27

04-27Veal Cutlets, Brown Gravy
Savory Potatoes
*Creamed Mushrooms on Toast
Steamed Apple Pudding, Foamy Sauce
Café Noir

In 1914 April 27 was a Monday.

I made the Creamed Mushrooms on Toast. You can see the process and results here.

They were easy to make but rather bland.

M2This project is supported by my Patrons on Patreon and donations from other enthusiasts of historic cookery. With your help I can acquire the unusual ingredients and equipment and do the research needed to continue my culinary adventures. Thank you so much!

March 19

03-19

Lima Bean Soup
Croûtons
*Florentine Eggs
French Fried Potatoes
Corn à la Southern
Apple Tapioca

In 1914 March 19 was a Thursday.

I made the Florentine Eggs! You can see the process in the video below.

True confession — I don’t like eggs, so I arranged for a Special Guest Taste Tester.

M2This project is supported by my Patrons on Patreon and donations from other enthusiasts of historic cookery. With your help I can acquire the unusual ingredients and equipment and do the research needed to continue my culinary adventures. Thank you so much!

February 7

02-07
Julienne Soup
Souffléd Crackers
Salt Codfish Balls
Cole Slaw
*Boston Brown Bread
Charlotte Russe

In 1914 February 7 was a Saturday.

I tried making Boston Brown Bread!
Boston Brown Bread complete

It’s not the usual cylinder, because I didn’t have a brown bread mold, nor any of the other traditional items for shaping – a melon mold, a one-pound baking powder can, a five-pound lard can, or even the modern coffee can. I really need to up my mold game. That’s what the bread looks like when steamed in a pudding basin.

You can see the process and a taste test in the video below.

It’s a bit different from the kind you can get in a can.

M2This project is supported by my Patrons on Patreon and donations from other enthusiasts of historic cookery. With your help I can acquire the unusual ingredients and equipment and do the research needed to continue my culinary adventures. Thank you so much!

January 1

01-01

Cream of Pea Soup
Crisp Crackers
Pan Broiled Lamb Chops
Currant Jelly
Baked Turnip Cubes, White Sauce
*Pineapple Cream

In 1914 January 1 was a Thursday.

Yes, there is actually a recipe for crisp crackers!

Pineapple Cream is a light and fluffy gelatin mold. Watch me make it in the video below!

The short version is that it’s pretty good! Not too sweet and very fruity and creamy, if a tad rubbery.

Convenience foods like granulated gelatin and canned pineapple would make a luxurious dish that was actually relatively easy to make.

M2This project is supported by my Patrons on Patreon and donations from other enthusiasts of historic cookery. With your help I can acquire the unusual ingredients and equipment and do the research needed to continue my culinary adventures. Thank you so much!