Amy Drown | Happy New Year!
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Happy New Year!

I can’t believe it’s 2018! The last year went by so fast, but I’m excited for all that lies ahead! My collection of primary sources from the early Twentieth Century has grown quite a bit, so without further adieu, let’s dive into more awesome Life As They Knew It!


And what better way to kick off a new year with a New Year’s Day party menu! This comes from my 1907 edition of the White House Cook Book. Yes, that White House. It’s dedicated to the First Ladies of America, who at the time this edition was published was Edith Carew Roosevelt, wife of Theodore Roosevelt.


Have you tried any of these dishes? What sounds most delicious to you? How do these menus compare with your holiday meals today? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


New Year’s Day Menu


Baked Apples


Broiled White Fish

Ham Omelet

Potatoes a la Creme

Parker House Rolls


Toast Coffee


SUPPER (Lunch)

Cold Roast Turkey

Boston Oyster Pie

Celery Salad

Bakes Sweet Potatoes


Fruit Cake

Sliced Oranges




Oysters on Half Shell

Julienne Soup

Baked Pickerel

Roast Turkey with Oyster Stuffing

Mashed Potatoes

Boiled Onions

Baked Winter Squash

Cranberry Sauce

Chicken Pie

Plain Celery

Lobster Salad


Spiced Currants

English Plum Pudding with Wine Sauce

Mince Pie

Orange-water Ice

Fancy Cakes

Cheese, Fruits, Nuts, Raisins, and Confectionery


Stay tuned throughout the month of January, as I’ll be sharing the recipes for most of these dishes!

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