girl-scouts-cooking
My girls are going away to camp this summer, which typically inspires s’mores at home before and after the trip. There is something about the crisp graham cracker, caramelized marshmallow, and softly melted chocolate that makes you want more than one. The original recipe for S’mores can be traced back to the Girl Scout handbook, …
hard-sugar-thermometer
Kitchen thermometers are about as common as skewers and are now in just about any supermarket’s kitchen supplies aisle. But what if you were making candy say 80 years ago and they weren’t so common, or more expensive than your budget allowed? Well, you’d still make candy; you’d just use the The Cold Water Test. …
ida-bailey-allen-main
These recipes are from Ida Bailey Allen’s Modern Cook Book (or Mrs. Allen on Cooking, Menus Service) from the early 1920s. Those not familiar with Mrs. Allen, she was to America then what Martha Stewart is to America now. She was the first homemaking giant. She hosted her own radio show, was an editor for …
On the Pastry Sampler Blog, I posted an article on the research and proposed labeling for baking powders sold at the time. Interesting stuff, and people were concerned with ‘truth in labeling’ even in the 1880s.
Sweet potato pies are hands-down a favorite treat at our house. But I had never thought of using regular bakers in pies until I was flipping through The Blue Grass Cook Book from 1904. The Potato Pie is the Pie of the Month for the Fall issue of Pastry Sampler Journal, and when I was …
bettys
What is a Betty? Besides being a pretty name, it is a baked fruit dessert layered with crumbled baked goods, like bread or cake crumbs. Bettys have been around a long time. Ida Bailey Allen in Cooking Menus Service from the 1920s wrote how useful they were as a creative way to use up leftovers. …
Since I baked a modern lemon meringue pie on the Pastry Sampler blog, I’d thought I’d also share versions from the year 1890. Lemon Pie Recipes From 1890 Here are four different recipes for Lemon Pie. Each are completely different: with meringue or without it; the filling cooked on the stove top or baked in …
Like the fresh watermelon from the vine, this old recipe from 1890, (The Model Cookbook), has a pink interior with ‘seeds’ made up of raisins. The cake is flavored with rose water, a flavoring not used much today but would be a lovely touch for a light, summertime cake.   Water Melon Cake Take one-half …
ice-cream
Ice cream is celebrated and devoured during the hot summer months, but also enjoyed throughout the year for all occasions. I’ve seen labels on various brands of ice cream sporting the terms ‘New York’ and ‘French’ style, but had little understanding of the basic differences, or if these were ‘modern’ terms, and I especially wanted …
From 1902 - Confectioner's working on Pièces Montées for Delmonico's Restaurant.
Everyone’s favorite stop at the dessert table or the focal point at a formal dinner is the showpiece. And the traditional pièce montée has been around a very long time. In 1864, the Parkinson’s confectionery family talked about creating gum paste vases, nougat baskets, and spun sugar webs in The Complete Confectioner, Pastry-Cook, and Baker. Jump to the …
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