For all you “City Folk”



This cookbook is for all you Sophisticated Folk out there! This great gem was published in 1957 by the Metropolitan Insurance Company and features some great entertaining recipes. It also has easy to follow instructions for even the most beginner of cooks.

Cape Cod Clam Chowder page 10

2 Dozen shucked soft-shell clams

1/4 lb salt pork diced

4 medium onions

5 medium potatoes

2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

3 cups boiling water

1 quart milk

Strain calm liquor through cheescloth; pick over clams removing bits of shell. Cut away soft parts and save, chop hard parts. Cook salt pork until golden brown and crisp; remove pork and save. Add onions to pork fat; cook until soft but not brown. Add potatoes, salt, pepper, boiling water and chopped clams; simmer until potatoes are tender (about 1/2 hour). Add soft parts of clams, pork bits and milk; heat but do not allow to boil. Makes 8-10 servings.




Coconut Macaroon Pie page 45

Pastry for 1 crust pie

1/4 tsp salt

3 eggs, separated

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/4 cup milk

2 tbsp butter

1 tsp lemon juice

1/4 tsp almond extract

1 1/2 cups flaked coconut

Set oven to 375 degrees. Line 9 inch pie pan with pastry. Flute rim. Add salt to egg yolks, beat until thick and lemon colored. Add sugar 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Add milk, butter, lemon juice, almond extract; blend well. Fold in coconut and stiffly beaten egg whites; turn into pie shell. Bake 50 minutes or until knife comes out clean.

Easy Hmmmm….

So I think most women have this ideal about what a “good” wife and mother should be and look like and when I saw this cookbook I said “Wow! Thats’ it! The unattainable perfect wife and mother.” I am sure there are a “few” that live this iconic life but for most of us I think we are probably a hot mess behind closed doors. ImageImage So this is the cookbook for us! Its titled “Home Baking Made Easy”. Well that sounds “easy” right. I thought this gem from 1953 was just darling when I found it and it really does have some great tips and tricks. This cookbook has instructions and pictures on how to make everything from pie crust to biscuits! It also has a handy dandy section with a couple other cookbooks titled “10 Cakes Husbands Like Best” or “12 Pies Husbands Like Best” and they were only .10 cents.

Not Your Mama’s Potato Salad

Recently while I was out hunting, I came across a pamphlet cookbook called “Nancy Carter Suggests New Recipes for Cooking-Out Meals”. It was put out by Colonial Stores in 1960. There are some awesome summer recipes that will get rid of the “I am so tired of making the same thing” humdrum’s  While it’s only 8 pages in its entirety its features casseroles, sauces, desserts and a meat guide. I scanned the whole thing and posted the pics below! I can’t wait to try the Teriyaki Burgers, Chive-Cheese Potato Salad and Ice Cream Sundae Cake! sundaesnancycartercass-saladmeatsbbqmeat

The Chocolate Girl


Who wouldn’t love to be known as “The Chocolate Girl”? I know I probably consume enough chocolate to think I might be related :). The story of “The Chocolate Girl” was brought to my attention when I uncovered a tiny cookbook called “Choice Recipes”. It was produced by the Walter Baker & co. LTD (Baker’s Chocolate today)  in 1913 and 1924. It features the girl on the cover and has the story inside. The cover is actually a painting titled “La Belle Chocolatiere” (The Chocolate Girl) by a Swiss Painter Jean-Etienne Liotard in 1760. Anna or Annerl was the daughter of a Knight in Vienna named Melchoir Baltauf. She earned her living as a Chocolate Bearer. The Prince at the time was named Dietrichstein and was beseeched by Annas beauty. The two fell in love and of course there was some opposition to them getting married because of Anna stature. It was not common practice for a Knights daughter to marry nobility. They triumphed and were married. During that time the artist Jean-Etienne Liotard was in Vienna doing portraits of the Austrian Court and asked Anna to do hers. Liotard’s painting immortalized their love and their story will forever be told because of it. Who would have thought there would be a real “fairy” tale in a cookbook. prachousewifeHotchocolatebakers

Uptown Ladies

economy1One of the first cookbooks I bought that set fire to the search for more was the “Economy Administration Cook Book” published in 1913 by Susie Root Rhodes and Grace Porter Hopkins. The cookbook was dedicated to the darling Mrs. Woodrow Wilson. This wonderful cook book not only features recipes that were delicious but are submitted by the Wives of Senators, Congressmen and other notable people. It was put together to give a collection of wholesome economical recipes, as stated in the book “The subject of the high cost of living is one that is uppermost in the minds of the people of the present day universally.” What a true statement from 100 years ago that is relevant to the world we live in today. What I fancy most about this book are some of the pictures of the luncheons that the ladies attended eating the food in the book. Here are a couple of mouth watering recipes from the book and some pictures.wilsongovsuppersenatewivesclayton