Saturday, February 28, 2009

Old Books & Vintage Paper


My friend Kathy has started a new blog called Old Books and Vintage Paper. You'll really enjoy her story of how she ended up with over 2000 old books. One of those books is a rare cookbook by Frances Parkinson Keyes, a Senator's wife and celebrated author. Her career spanned several decades and many wonderful southern novels. When Mrs. Keyes started collecting recipes for her cookbook, she asked the other Senator's wives for contributions. Kathy sent me these recipes from the cookbook. I think you'll recognize these two women whose husbands had an eye on something more ambitious than the US Senate.
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This is a recipe submitted by Florence Kling Harding, wife of Warren G. Harding of Ohio
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Waffles:
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2 eggs, separated
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons of butter, melted
2 cups of milk
3 cups of flour
3 teaspoons of baking powder
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Beat the egg yolks and stir in the sugar, salt and melted butter.Stir in the milk and enough of the flour to make a thin batter.Just before baking, stir in the baking powder and fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites. Bake in a hot waffle iron.
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It doesn't say how long to bake or what temp to bake it on so I guess old waffle irons don't have temperature controls and about the timing? I guess you just have to check on them to see if they are done yet!
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Here's another from Grace Coolidge (Mrs. Calvin Coolidge) of Massachusetts
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Lemon Pie:
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1 cup of sugar
1 and 1/2 tablespoons flour
Juice of one lemon
2 eggs, separated
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 cup milk
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Combine the sugar and flour and stir in the lemon juice, beaten egg yolks and butter. Stir in the milk and fold in the egg whites that have been stiffly beaten. Line a pie plate with rich pie dough and bake it in a hot oven (450 degrees) for about 10 minutes or until the crust is set. Add the filling and bake in a slow oven (325 degrees) for about 35 minutes or until filling is set.

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