Sunday, June 21, 2015

Menus from My Great-Grandmother

My mother recently sent my husband and me a hand-written list of menus that my great-grandmother prepared for my grandmother when she got married. I thought it would be fun to recreate as many of these menus as possible -- there probably won't be creamed sweetbreads in our future, but most of these meals sound very tasty!  (For the record, my grandmother says she does not think she attempted everything on the list, either!)  I love the mix of super specific (rhubarb and lemon cream pie) and vague dessert options, and the one name brand that makes it in -- Philadelphia cream cheese.  And there are some dishes that strike me as surprisingly modern, like grapefruit and avocado salad!

We're starting off this week with #26: Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green vegetable or artichokes with Hollandaise sauce!

1. Pork sausage, riced potatoes, a green salad--lettuce onions tossed salad, fruit dessert
2. Spare ribs, saurkraut, cornsticks, marmalade
3. Souffle, tomatoes or beets (pungent), cabbalge (sour cream dressed)
4. Ham - baked, grapefruit and avocado salad, peas or asparagus, strawberry shortcake
5. Leg of lamb, mint sauce, peas, rhubarb and lemon cream pie
6. Roast beef, brown potatoes, tossed vegetable salad, pie or cake or pudding
7. Chicken and dumplings (stewed), fruit salad, peas, sherbet
8. Fried ham, eggs, hashed brown potatoes, light dessert (blue heese, crackers, Langloist??)
9. Pork chops, scalloped potatoes, apple and celery salad or applesauce, green salad, chese and crackers or otherwise light (baked apples)
10. Macaroni and cheese, green salad (tomatoes and lettuce), light dessert
11. Spaghetti meatballs, garlic or toasted french bread, tossed salad, strawberries and ice cream
12. Baked turkey or chicken, creamed onions, grapefruit and avocado salad, pie, cake, or pudding dessert
13. Potato soup, heavy salad -- apple, celery, and nut salad, pie
14. Creamed tuna fish, peas on toast points, green vegetable or salad, dessert
15. Baked salmon loaf, baked potatoes, tossed green salad or aspic salad, light desesrt (angel food cake)
16. Veal (breasts?), dressing, peas or green vegetable, aspic or geletin salad (apple or fruit, banana, nut, or peas-Philadelphia cream cheese salad), light or no dessert
17. Meatloaf, baked potatoes, head lettuce and roquefort cheese dressing -- with lemon, mustard, (Chicken, baked also good)
18. Steak dinner, baked potatoes
19. Swiss steak, onions, carrots
20. Baked flank steak, tomatoes, green peppers, and onions over top (cook 3 hours)
21. Liver and onions, bacon, spinach -- hard boiled eggs, and lemon, heavy dessert or fruit and cookies
22. Ground steak patties, ranch fries, cabbage salad, rhubarb pie
23. Fish - salmon - broiled fillet, boiled potatoes -- butter and parsley, tossed salad
24. Pot roast (cook roast first), potatoes, carrots, onions, and celery (a little), apple and celery or head lettuce and roquefort, light dessert
25. New England boiled dinner -- ham end, when cooked, put sections of cabbage, turnisps, and potatoes in, or butter beans (soak night before and then cook slowly)
26. Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green vegetable or artichokes with Hollandaise sauce
27. Breaded veal cutlets, mashed potatoes, vegetable, light desesrt
28. Lamb chops, peas, tomato aspic salad, heavy dessert - pie
29. Creamed sweet breads on toast pounds, salad, rich dessert
30. Scalloped oysters, cabbage salad and carrot, heavy dessert - pie

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