Category Archives: Historical Periodicals

International Pickle Week – May 14 – 25

So, it’s International pickle week! I’m all for this holiday! Pickles were not something I enjoyed as a child, but thanks to an amazing woman and her inviting Cafe in Eagle Rock, CA… I love pickles! The Cafe was just a few streets down from my college and I discovered it one day when it […]

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SHATW 2015 – Receipt Test – Salad ‘d Orange

Earlier we posted a Salade D’Orange receipt. So, I wanted to actually try it out at home. Things that happened during the trial: I couldn’t find a way to pick up any Madeira Wine, so I looked online for a substitute. It said to use Balsamic Vinegar, a teaspoon of honey, and four whole cloves […]

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Receipt – Scotch Shortbread

SCOTCH SHORT-BREAD. Take one pound of butter, twelve ounces of finely powdered loaf-sugar, two pounds of flour, four eggs, a few caraway seeds, candied peel to the taste, and the little white sugar plums called caraway comfits. Make the flour and butter hot before the fire. Rub the butter and sugar into the flour with […]

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Receipt: Stewed Cucumbers

Peterson’s Magazine 1865 Stewed Cucumbers – Pare and split in quarters four full-grown but young cucumbers, take out the seeds, and cut each part in two, sprinkle them with white pepper or Cayenne, flour and fry them lightly in a little butter, lift them as much good brown gravy as will nearly cover them, and […]

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Receipt: Plum Puddings

Peterson’s Magazine 1883 December* Plum Puddings. – Two pounds of raisins stoned and chopped a little, two pounds of currants, two pounds of suet, one pound of moist sugar, four or five large spoonfuls of flour, the yolks of eight eggs and the whites of five, two pounds of breadcrumb, a little lemon-peel, a little […]

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Receipt: To Cook Green Artichokes

Recently the Airship Ambassador himself, Kevin Stiel has been posting links to my Victorian Receipts on his twitter account. What a lovely thing for him to mention us!     Peterson’s Magazine 1865 To Cook Green Artichokes. – Take four good sized artichokes. Strip them from the outer leaves, cut off the stalks, and also […]

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The Pompadour Porte-Jupe

“Dress Elevator” from Godey’s Lady’s Book (Civil War Period) This porte-jupe is composed of a belt, which is worn under the dress; the belt has eight joints round it, from each of which depends a piece of strong braid. These strings are all joined together in front of the belt, for those which hang down […]

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Jenny Lind Cake Receipt

We’ve shared a Jenny Lind Pudding receipt before… Looking through Godey’s 1866 p. 276 in the first half of the year… Jenny Lind Cake 2 cups of flour 1 1/2 cup of milk 1 T sugar 1/2 t of soda 1 t cream tartar 1 egg salt This receipt is meant ONLY for historical information… […]

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Carrion Crow

Something New in the Crow Line. – From an English paper: – “The Americans give the name of carrion crow to a species of small vulture which has multiplied with so much the more facility that the law of the United States protects it against all attacks, for purposes of salubrity. As a result, in […]

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1865 – Coiffures

1865 Godey’s Coiffures p. 231 Terminology: frizettes – n. a curly or frizzed fringe, often an artificial hairpiece, worn by women on the forehead  ( Figure 2. Looks as though it is the same coiffure as this photograph of Elizabeth Bacon Custer from nearly the same time period with the exception of the curls that […]

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