Fannie Farmer

Looking back on my eats this week, I think I did pretty good eating out of our fridge and freezer this week – I like not spending money on groceries every once in a while, even though I love grocery shopping! 😀

I love Hormel turkey chili.  When it goes on sale, I usually buy some and keep it in my desk just in case.  I had a taste for it . . . for breakfast!  I used a low carb wrap, one scrambled egg, 1/2 cup hormel chili, taco cheese and chopped fresh spinach on top.  Of course, I sprinkled it liberally with Tabasco 😀  This was so fricken good!

this may be my new favorite breakfast!

Tony and Hannah took our dog Ed to the vet yesterday morning.  He quite literally freaked out – enough so that he got out of his collar!   We have no idea how old our dog is because we rescued him, but our guess is about 10 or 11.  He now has arthritis, which we kind of had an idea because he no longer wants to walk up our front stairs on our deck, but will walk around to the back door so he only has to walk up five. 😦

Hannah didn’t have to work until later in the afternoon so she picked me up and we went to a sidewalk sale near my office and lunch.

It’s the first time I’ve eaten here.  We each got the teriyaki chicken platter, which came with the chicken, white rice, three small gyoza (I only ate one because there was mushroom in it) and a salad – all for $7.

this was good, but I asked for hot sauce which made it great!

Thanks for being my lunch date Hannah! 😀

So at this sidewalk sale, among tents that are selling $99 t-shirts is a mini garage sale.  All the proceeds went to the Daughters of the Revolution.  I totally scored!  Three more snowman mugs to my collection – each were $1!

And I also got another bread pan and a tart pan – each were $1 also.  But the major score was this:

A 1914 edition of Fannie Farmer’s cookbook.  It is totally fascinating to read.  The preface states:

“With the progress of knowledge the needs of the human body have not been forgotten.  During the last decade much time has been given by scientists to the study of foods and their dietetic value, and it is a subject which rightfully should demand much consideration from all.  I certainly feel that the time is not far distant when a knowledge of the principles of diet will be an essential part of one’s eduction.  Then mankind will eat to live, will be able to do better mental and physical work, and disease will be less frequent.”

I really can’t wait to make some of the recipes in this book.  However, it will be somewhat of a learning curve because she sometimes states “bake in a hot oven.”  Um, not sure what temperature is a hot oven!

she even has a recipe for emergency biscuits when someone stops by unexpectedly!

I also love the ads in the back of the book:

I remember trying to use karo syrup on pancakes when I was little when we were out of pancake syrup - it was so gross!

And whoever owned the book before me wrote “good” next to a recipe she liked.  And I also found some handwritten notes:

We decided to order pizza for dinner – I went with my new favorite:  Italian sausage, Italian beef and hot giardiniera.   Tony had sausage and green and black olives.  Sadly, when I saw the olive I handed him his pizza – but I forgot that olives are also in hot giardiniera!  On the third bite his mouth was on fire – sorry Tony!

I plan on making my MIL’s pumpkin bread today.   I am also going to make milk and water bread out of the Fannie Farmer cookbook – it calls for a yeast cake – I have no idea how much yeast that actually is, so it will be interesting!

Have a great Saturday!

15 thoughts on “Fannie Farmer

  1. i loooove looking through old recipe books. i’d probably never actually make any, but i still get so much pleasure outa flipping through them.

  2. I drool at your breakfasts every day!! I find something I like and I end up eating it for 3 weeks straight! You are so creative! I don’t have time to be creative with more than one meal a day. Tops. 🙂

  3. That is really interesting about the cook boo. Most people do not realize that as far as science is concerned, nutrition science is very young. Only around the early 1900’s just before this book, was there an actual study of nutrition and the needs, and chemical composition of the nutrients.

    So nice that Hannah could join you for lunch. Looks like it was a good deal.

  4. Love your sense of adventure when it comes to cooking! Can’t wait to see how the recipes from Fannie Farmer’s cookbook compare to what you make using today’s recipes.

    I used to LOVE Hormel turkey chili and now I want some!!!

  5. I love older cookbooks like that! It’s always a challenge when you try to figure out the best cooking method or temperature on the oven to use though.

    Ew Karo Syrup. I am not a fan.

  6. Oh! The cookbook! What a treasure! I love old cookbooks, and that one looks to be in good shape.

    I think a yeast cake is about the same as a single package of what we buy now.

  7. What a great cookbook find! I love looking at older ones, but I have never cooked from them…always too intimidated by the lack of oven temperatures and whatnot. Let us know how it goes!

  8. What a great find!!
    Your breakfasts always make me sooo hungry! Hannah is so cute, glad you had a good day!!

  9. holy crap! i definitely will be trying something similar out. i know it wont look as good but i have most of the ingredients.

    hot sauce, check!
    beans, check!
    eggs, check!
    wraps, check!

  10. Its funny how all the ladies from that era have the same handwriting.

  11. WOW..what a huge score on the Fanny Farmer Cookbook. I pretty sure it is worth quite a bit of money. I’ve made several recipes from it before and it’s searchable at the Historic American Cookbook site, Feeding America. So fun to look at the old cookbooks!

  12. What a cool recipe book! I have an (obviously newer) edition of the Fannie Farmer cookbook that my grandmother gave me for Christmas a few years ago – I love it & I love that it has a lot of recipes my grandma uses 🙂

  13. I have so much fun reading old books like that! I have a few etiquette books which fascinate me because we no longer do most of the stuff, like calling cards, tipping hats, etc. Anyway, a hot oven is 425–here’s a link to help you out with interpreting what temperatures to use for “moderate” “slow” “hot,” etc.: I’m sorry about poor Ed! Did they prescribe anything for him to help? We have to buy allergy medicine for our dog every summer which makes me grumble but I guess we’d do whatever we can to keep our babies happy!

  14. OMG, what a cool antique cookbook. Love it! You just reminded me that I haven’t done a proper post on the one that I was given. It’s a hoot, let me tell you!

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