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1887 menus

Fida | Dec 5, 2013 06:58 PM

I'm in the process of selling some cookbooks, and this one in particular is so much fun that I thought I'd share some excerpts. It's called "The White House Cookbook," first published in 1887, one of the co-authors being Hugo Ziemann, who was steward of the White House, apparently during the McKinley administration. It's a big book, over 500 pages, and must have been very expensive.

Most of the book is recipes, but there are almost 40 pages of menus, which are often startling. Here are a few.

BREAKFASTS
Old-fashioned apple sauce
Fried mush
Pork tenderloins
Fried sweet potatoes
Parker House rolls
Omelet
Wheat bread
Coffee

Stewed peaches
Fried mush
Frogs' legs fried, tomato sauce
New boiled potatoes
French rolls
Wheat bread
Coffee

Huckleberries
Steamed oatmeal
Veal collops
Ham toast
Potato fillets
Newport breakfast cakes
Brown bread
Coffee

DINNERS
Macaroni Soup
Boiled leg of mutton, caper sauce
Potatoes a la Delmonico
Steamed cabbage
Cheese fondu
Cucumber pickles
Boston cream Pie
Sliced oranges
Crackers
Cheese
Coffee

Philadelphia pepper pot
Baked mutton cutlets
Roast sweet potatoes
Mashed turnips
Stewed celery
Lobster salad
Apple dumplings, sweet sauce
Baked custard
Raisins, nuts
Coffee

Oyster soup
Sliced beef tongue, brown sauce
Potato puffs
Steamed cabbage
Lamb sweetbreads, tomato sauce
Birds' nest pudding, plain sauce
Crackers, cheese
Coffee

STATE DINNER AT THE WHITE HOUSE
Blue points
Potage tortue a l'Anglais
Canape a la Ruse
Tambales a la Talleyrand
Saumon, souce Hollandaise
Grenadines de bass
Pommes de terre Duchesse
Cucumber salade
Selle d'agneau
Filet de Boeuf a la Richelieu
Ris de veau a la Perigneux
Cotelettes d'agneau d'or Maison
Terrapin a la Maryland
Punch Cardinal
Canvas back duck
German asparagus
Petite pois
Glee au Champagne
Plombiere aux framboise
Pudding Diplomate
Coffee, liqueurs
Fruits, cheese

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