Shrewsbury Pan Biscuits, 1958

A while back, I picked up a copy of the Historical Cookbook of the American Negro (Beacon Press, Boston, 2000).  This book is a reissue of a cookbook originally published by the National Council of Negro Women in 1958.  I don’t recall the reasoning behind the acquisition, except to say that there was a point…

The only thing positive about this recent heat spike is that it’s allowed me to consider the various texts I might consult for that literary dinner them that I’d mentioned previously.

Looking Ahead

Well, 2013 is nearly over, and yet another year is upon us. 

Wheat, Anyone?

I tried those Settlement Biscuits again, but this time using wheat flour.  Nice, but . . . I think I’ll reserve those for special events.  A wheat biscuit isn’t something that I’d have around for casual eating.  Still, it was interesting to try it.  Of course, your mileage may vary . . .

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Plateful of Biscuits

I want to wish everyone out there a Merry Christmas (or, if you don’t celebrate, a Happy Holiday season)! It’s been a short while since I’ve posted, but that’s because of the hustle-and-bustle of the season. Now that it’s pretty much over, I’m hoping to turn an eye back towards cooking and visiting antique stores. …

Pain

I’ve been feeling kind of crappy.

Chicken Croquettes

If you’re in the American Midwest right now, then you and I have one thing in common: heat. It’s been hotter the last week than it has been all summer. It’s like we were lulled into this sense of calm and restful temperatures only to have Nature turn on its furnace and yell out at…

A Cunning Plan . . .

I’ve spent the last few days pondering my “vintage cooking week ” scheme, and I think I’ve settled on a plan that is workable.  To wit: Each Sunday in March, I plan (i.e., hope) to pull a historic cookbook from the shelf and use it to make a single meal.  Each will be as accurate as I…

Modified Swiss Cheese Potatoes

I used to believe that the notion of copying or physically taking a recipe from a magazine while at one’s doctor’s office was some sort of bad Hollywood trope.  I mean, I’ve seen people waltz out with a whole magazine before, but it was rare; usually the offender was either a good friend of the…

Drinks and Glasses

The Ellis cordial now belongs to the ages.  The Little Lady consumed the last of it with gusto, then promptly turned to me and ask for more. So, I made a new batch but this time I made a significant change: I used a bag of frozen mixed berries, rather than fresh blackberries.  The only…

Going Medieval, pt. 2

Every so often there’s a “news” clip about how some stranger is suing a Pop Star for stealing their song.  The argument is that Person A is the only person to have arranged notes or lyrics in a certain pattern, and Person B has wrongfully stolen said song and illegally profited from the same.  Person A is always serious…

Tasting the Ellis Cordial

Today was the day to test the Ellis cordial.  The details are here, but I figured that I’d post the results. In short, it was better than I’d anticipated.  The brandy has a berry color and because of the added sugar, has a very sweet berry taste.  What surprised me the most is that, for a…