Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Cold Catsup

Cold Catsup

1/2 pk tomatoes
1 chopped onion
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup white mustard seed
2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon red pepper
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 teaspoon cloves
1 cup sugar
1 pt vinegar

-Mother Healey

No additional instructions.

Found in "Gold Medal Cook Book" published by Gold Medal Flour; manufactured by Washburn-Crosby Co., 1904.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Anise Cookies

Anise Cookies

1 cup sugar
6 eggs
3/4 cup oil
1 cup milk
1/2 oz. spirit of anise - anisette
6 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
7 cups flour

Bake 375° 12-15 min.
until lightly brown

Found in "Recipes from Old Hundred" by Nellie Brown. Published by Gramercy, 1965.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

2 cups flour sifted before measuring
1/4 cup sugar
4 teaspoons B Powder
1/2 teaspoons salt
1 egg well beaten
1 cup milk
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup blueberries

Combine sifted dry ingredients. Beat egg. Add milk + melted butter. Add the liquid to dry ingredients mixing only enough to dampen flour. 25-30 minutes.

Found in "New York Gardener`s Guide" by Ralph Snodsmith. Published by Cool Springs Press, 2004.

To put this recipe to the test, I contacted Handwritten Recipe's rogue chef-for-hire. Here's what Sharon came up with:

Mise en place. Excellent start.

Make it rain.

I find this photo rather dry.

Much better.

Rather gooey. I blame the one cup of milk called for in the recipe. Seems like quite a bit, no?

You know, this is brilliant. I have the nonstick muffin tins, and even with paper cups, they take 45 minutes to clean. Foil tins FTW.


Final report from our chef:

"not the best tasting muffins in the world"

We'll get 'em next time.

Monday, November 2, 2009

French Kraut

French Kraut

1 head cabbage - chop
1 green peppers
1 red pepper
2/3 cup vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp celery seed
1 tbl whole allspice

Boil - cover cabbage

Found in "McLeod's Folly" by Louis Bromfield. Published by World, 1948.

Anyone else think of... ok, I can't think of any famous French-Germans. Google was no help.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Jewish Apple Cake: Update - Someone made it

Jewish Apple Cake

4 lge. Apples
5 tbspn. Sugar
3 tspn. Cinnamon
-------- let stand

3 cup Flour
3 tspn. Baking Powder
1/2 tspn. Salt
-------- sift together

4 eggs
2 1/2 tspn Vanilla
1 cup Oil
1/4 cup Orange Juice
2 1/2 cups sugar

1. Peal & slice Apples add Sugar & Cinnamon.

2. Make batter, add dry siften ingredients. Mix well with wooden spoon.

3. Grease Tube Pan. Arrange batter and apples in layers, ending with batter.

4. Bake for 1 3/4 hr. until knife comes out clean. 350° oven.

Note: Cake tastes better after 2 days.

Found in "Japan and The Far East Conference" by Henry W. Taft. Published by Macmillan, 1921.

 Update: Jenny was awesome enough to try out this recipe.

Here are the results.

-Click photos to enlarge-

Saturday, October 17, 2009

White Cake

White Cake (Dorothy Gifford's)

2 1/2 cups flour
1 2/3 cup sugar
3 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/4 cup milk
2/3 cup shortening
3 eggs

Bake 350° - 25-30 min.

Found in "The Perfect Mile" by Neal Bascomb. Published by Mariner Books, 2005.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Christmas Cake

Ingredients: 1 cup of water 1 tsp baking soda 1 cup of sugar 1 cup brown sugar lemon juice 4 large eggs nuts 1 bottle Jose Quervo(sp) 2 cups of dried fruit

Directions: Sample the Quervo to check quality. Take a large bowl, check the Quervo again. To be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink. Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar. Beat again. At this point it's best to make sure the Quervo is still OK. Try another cup... just in case. Turn off the mixerer thingy. Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit. Pick the frigging fruit off the floor. Mix on the turner. If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers just pry it loose with a drewscriver. Sample the Quervo to check for tonsiticity. Next, sift the two cups of salt, or something. Whos giveshz a shit. Check the Jose Quervo. Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Add a spoon of sugar, or somefing. Whatever you can find. Greash the oven. Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over. Don't forget to beat off the turner. Finally, throw the bowl through the window, finish the Jose Quervo and hug the cat.

Cherry Mistmas!

Found in "Remember Me" by Laura Hendrie. Published by Henry Holt, 1999.

ED: I think I forgot to add "FWD: FWD: FWD: LOL: FWD:" to the title.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Impossible Pie

Impossible as in impossible to read. I'll do my best:

Bake 350 - 45 min

Impossible Pie

4 eggs
1/2 stick of Oleo
2 C milk
1 T vanilla
1 cup sugar
1/2 C biscuik (bisquick)

beat 3-5 min
add 1 cup coconut

nine inch greased pan

Found in "The Household Searchlight Recipe Book: Revised Edition." Published by The Household Magazine, 1937.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Chocolate Chip Bars

Chocolate Chip Bars

1/3 c. shortening
1/3 c. butter or margarine
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sug. (packed)
1 egg
i teas. vanilla
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 teasp. soda
1/2 teasp. salt
1/2 c. chopped nuts
1 pkg. (6 ounces) semi-sweet choco. piece

Heat oven to 375° Mix short., butter, sugars, egg and vanilla thoroughly. Stir in remaining ingred. Spread in ungreases oblong pan, 13 x 9 x 2 inches. Bake 20-25 minutes. Cool; cut into bars.

Found in "The Green Mile" by Stephen King. Published by Plume, 1997.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Pecan Strawberry Rhubarb Dessert

Pecan Strawberry Rhubarb Dessert

1 No. 2 can Strawberry Rhubard pie filling
1 small box (9 ozs) white cake mix
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 stick margarine melted

Place pie filling in 8" square pan. Sprinkle mix over top. Place nut meats over this. Drizzle melted margarine evenly over all. Bake in 350° oven 1 hour. Serve warm with whipped cream, Cool Whip, or ice cream.

Found in "Hedda Gabler and other plays" by Henrik Ibsen, published by Penguin, 1992.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Apple Sauce

Apple Sauce

4 med apples, cut in fourths
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup packed brown sugar - or 1/3 - 1/2 cup granulated suagr
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg

Heat apples & water to boiling over medium heat. Reduce heat. Simmer uncovered stirring occasionally to break up apples until tender, 5-10 mins.
Stir in remaining ingredients. Heat to boiling, boil & stir 1 minute.

Found in "Quinn's Book" by William Kennedy. Published by Penguin, 1988.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Mildred's Meat Ball Mexicana


1 pound ground beef
4 tablespoons shorting
1/2 cup No. 2 can tomatoes
1/2 cup No. 2 can tomato juice
1 bay leaf
3/4 cup chopped onions
1 teaspoon chilli powder
2 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package frozen mixed vegetables
1 teaspoon Worcester sauce
1/2 cup washed macaroni

Found in a beat-up scrapbook of recipes.

There are no preparation instructions, so you'll have to make your best guess.
I plan to scoop the mixture into ice trays, freeze overnight, add tequila, and serve.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Rice Pudding

3/4 c arborio rice
6 c milk
pinch salt
1/2 c sugar
1/2 vanilla bean

Med. heat

1/4 c heavy cream
oven bake
grate orange
rind candied ginger
mace, cardamon
nutmeg, cinnamon

Found in "The Martha's Vineyard Cookbook" by Louis Tate King & Jean Stewart Wexler. Published by The Globe Pequot Press, 1983.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Chocolate Krisp Kringles

Chocolate Krisp Kringles

1/3 cup butter
2/3 cup choc. chips

take off heat

stir in:
1/2 cup sugar

beat in:
1 egg
1/2 cup flour

put in pan - cover with chips + 1/3 cup nuts.

Bake at 400° - 12 minutes

Found in "The United States Regional Cook Book" edited by Ruth Berolzheimer. Published by the Culinary Arts Institute, 1947.

Nerwegian Apple Pie

Recipe for "Nerwegian Apple Pie."

1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
3(?) eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 " " vanilla
1 " " baking powder
2 cups diced apples
1/2 cup chopped nuts

8" pan greased
350 degrees 40-45 mins

Mix sugar unsifted flour and unbeaten eggs. Add b.p. salt cinnamon and vanilla. Mix well. Fold in apples and nuts and pour into pan.

Found in "The Gathering Storm" by Winston S. Churchill. Published by Houghton Mifflin (Book Club Edition), 1948.

Zucchini "Appertizers"

Handwritten recipe for zucchini appetizers.

Found in "Chatterbox Book of Pictures" published by Dana Estes and Co., 1909.

Roast Beef and Veggies

Recipe for Roast Beef and Veggies:

Elect skillet brown
fat side down on all sides
brown. Cover Tequilla lemon
or Tuscany (Knorr) sauce
15 (?) per lb after turning it to

Found in "Eight Cousins" by Louisa May Alcott. Published by Doubleday, 1968.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Fluffy White Frosting

Recipe for 'Fluffy White Frosting'

2 egg whites
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 teasp crm of tartar
1/3 cup cold water
1 teasp vanilla

Place egg whites, sugar - crm of tart, water & salt in top of doubl bowl - (not over heat)
Beat 1 min with elect beater. Place over boiling water + cook, beating constantly tell stiff peaks form. (about 7 min)
Remove top pot from boiling water - add vanilla + beat to spreading consistancy - about 2 mins

Found in "The Gold Cook Book" by Master Chef Louis P. De Gouy, published by Greenberg, 1947.