Saturday, 17 March 2012

Weekend Cooking - Civil War Era Recipes Compiled by Julia Hutchins

Last week I spotted this e-book available via Amazon. I was intrigued, so downloaded the book.

Contained within the e-pages was a collection of recipes from heritage publications and some great and interesting recipes. Here is one that caught my eye

Salad Dressing (1870)

1 boiled egg
teaspoon of ground mustard
teaspoon of salt
a little Cayenne pepper

beat together until perfectly smooth then add

1 raw egg yolk and stir until the dressing becomes thick and creamy.
Add vinegar to taste. If too much of the vinegar is used then add a small lump of ice.

Originally extracted from "Famous old recipes used a hundred or more years ago in the kitchens of the north and south. Contributed by the descendants 1908.

How on earth do you make ice without refrigeration? I guess it is possible. Other recipes that caught my eye were:
  • Creme de menth
  • Lemonade to Carry in your pocket (1863 Dr Chase Recipes)
  • Civil War Lemonade (1861 Housekeepers Encylopedia)
  • Snail broth for obstinate coughs
  • Pigs Head
  • Bread sauce for birds
At the end of the book was some really useful links to other websites detailing more recipes from this period, Civil War historical documents and Civil War Re-Enactor groups and a link to the author's website, where you can currently subscribe to the newsletter and get a free download of original Civil War recipes. You can also follow via Twitter the author

Taking part in Weekend Cooking hosted by BethFishReads


  1. What an interesting book! The "Snail broth for obstinate coughs" caught my eye! They would cut ice from ponds in the winter and store it packed in straw for the summer. I have no idea how long it'd last.

  2. You always find the MOST interesting historical stuff! And, this is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War - so very timely. In Tampa some of the government offices used to be in an old brick building called "The Ice House." It was an old Ice House where ice was stored...

  3. yes, I must agree about the Snail broth ..may skip that.

  4. Such an interesting book. We tried to make hard tack when the girls were younger - it was practically inedible!

  5. Definitely a cookbood that is out of the ordinary :)

    I'm always interested in the food-related history.

  6. Sounds like a very interesting book! Lemonade to carry in your pocket?

  7. I'm with Carol; Lemonade to Carry in Your Pocket is intriguing.

  8. Fascinating. You've reminded me that at the beginning of last year I went to a historical village site and bought a cookbook to share on Weekend Cooking and never actually done it. I wonder where I put that?

  9. This sounds like a very interesting book. Funny enogh I have a friend who makes a salad dressing very much like the one here and it tastes delicious. The lemonade sounds intriguing too.

  10. I'd like to know about 'Lemonade You Carry in Your Pocket'!!! :D


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