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Simple Menus for One Week in 1908

While I’m not the fanciest cook in the kitchen, nor have the most adventurous palate on the planet (far from it!), I’m rather tempted to conduct an experiment: cooking a turn-of-the-century menu for an entire week!

 

Below is a week-long sample menu from my copy of Lowney’s Cook Book, published in Boston in 1908. It had been languishing on a forgotten shelf in the back corner of an old used-book store (my favorite kind of store on earth!), tattered and broken and falling apart, which is why I got it for only $1.00!

 

But to me it’s priceless, because a previous owner has added many recipes of her own. Some handwritten inside the cover, others jotted on scraps of paper stapled inside the front pages, still more cut out from magazines and newspapers and simply tucked into the pages. This book is worn and shabby because it’s been well-used and well-loved for over 100 years—exactly the kind of real-life connection to the past that makes history so thrilling for me!

 

I’ll transcribe some of those handwritten recipes in future posts, but for now, enjoy a week of chowing down in 1908!

 

 

Sunday

 

BREAKFAST

Grape Fruit

Fish Balls

Broiled Bacon

Parker House Rolls

Coffee or Cocoa

 

SUPPER (I love how, on Sunday, it isn’t called Luncheon!)

Lobster with Mushrooms

Parker House Rolls

Italian Cream

Chocolate Walnut Cake

Tea or Cocoa

I love that this book has color illustrations!

 

DINNER

Bouillon

Crisp Crackers

Roast Chicken

Italian Potatoes

Boiled Squash

Cranberry Sauce

Lettuce Salad

Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Sauce

Black Coffee

 

Monday

 

BREAKFAST

Oranges

Oatmeal

Ham and Eggs

Creamed Potatoes

Rye Muffins

Coffee or Cocoa

 

LUNCHEON

Cold Sliced Chicken

Cheese Custard

Bread and Butter

Peach Preserve

Cookies

 

DINNER

Corn Chowder

Broiled Steak

Horse-radish Cream Dressing

Baked Potatoes

Scalloped Tomatoes

Celery Salad

Brown Betty

Coffee

 

Tuesday

 

BREAKFAST

Bananas

Cream of Wheat

Broiled Halibut

French Fried Potatoes

Corn Cake

Coffee or Cocoa

 

LUNCHEON

Pea Soup

Omelet with Spanish Sauce

Graham Bread

Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream

Sponge Drops

 

DINNER

Vegetable Soup

Roast Lamb

Roast White Potatoes

Scalloped Onions

Currant Jelly

Apple Salad

Squash Pie

Coffee

 

Wednesday

Some of the handwritten gems stapled inside

BREAKFAST

Stewed Prunes

Wheatena

Creamed Eggs

Popovers

Coffee or Cocoa

 

LUNCHEON

Vegetable Consommé

Lamb Stew

Creamed Potatoes

Hot Biscuits

Baked Vanilla Custard

Chocolate Cookies

 

DINNER

Ox-tail Soup

Roast Beef

Fried Parsnips

Franconia Sweet Potatoes

Lettuce Salad

Macedoine of Fruit

Lady Fingers

Coffee

 

Thursday

 

BREAKFAST

Oranges

Oatmeal

Salt Fish Soufflé

Baked Potatoes

Raised Muffins

Coffee or Cocoa

 

LUNCHEON

Blake Bean Purée

Cold Roast Beef

Rice Croquettes

Tapioca Pudding

 

DINNER

Rice Soup

Roast Goose

Apple Sauce

Baked Macaroni

Banana Fritters

Potato Balls

Lettuce Salad

Orange Water Ice

Angel Cake

Coffee

 

Friday

 

BREAKFAST

Grape Fruit

Wheat Germ

Broiled French Chops

Lyonnaise Potatoes

Egg Muffins

Coffee or Cocoa

 

LUNCHEON

Scalloped Oysters

Kohl Slaw

Baking Powder Biscuits

Apple Compote with Rice

 

DINNER

Tomato Bisque

Boiled Halibut

Egg Sauce

Potatoes à la Maître d’Hotel

Peas

Cheese Salad

Chocolate Bread Pudding

 

Saturday

 

BREAKFAST

Bananas

Shredded Wheat

Fried Calf’s Liver

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Rolls

Coffee or Cocoa

 

LUNCHEON

Split Pea Soup

Croûtons

Goose Salad

Rolls

Wine Jelly

Sponge Drops

 

DINNER

Spinach Soup

Breaded Lamb Chops with Tomato Sauce

Mashed Potatoes

Turnips in White Sauce

Chocolate Bavarian Cream

Coffee

 

 

Your Turn:

 

What do you think of these menus? Do any sound appetizing? Are there any dishes you’ve never heard of before? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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