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Things Mother Used to Make

Lydia Maria Gurney

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Citron also makes it very nice.

=Sponge Cake, No.1=

3 Eggs 1 1/2 Cupfuls of Sugar 1/2 Cupful of Water Pinch of Salt 1 1/2 Cupfuls of Flour 1 Teaspoonful of Cream of Tartar 1/2 Teaspoonful of Soda

Beat eggs and sugar together, add water and salt, then put soda and cream of tartar into the dry flour. Beat all together. Bake slowly.

=Sponge Cake, No. 2, Grandmother's Rule=

4 Eggs Pinch of Salt 1 Cupful of Sugar 1 Cupful of Flour 1 Teaspoonful of Baking-powder

Beat the eggs ten minutes, add sugar, and beat again. Then add the flour, into which has been stirred the baking-powder. Stir all together and flavor. Bake in a moderate oven.

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=Chocolate Taffy=

1 1/2 Cupfuls of Molasses 1 1/2 Cupfuls of . . . Read More

Community Reviews

How about baked potato

Good to have. Has all kinds of stuff I never thought. just like to know to bake an unspoiled potato or so....more

I have to admit, many of the recipes and tips are extremely old-fashioned (and I mean EXTREMELY old-fashioned) and not longer likely to be used, this book is full of recipes our grandmothers or great-grandmothers used on a daily basis. These are also recipes and household tips that we may find usefu

Old fashioned recipes and advice

Given this is an old fashioned recipe book, I was surprised to see accurate measures. My family recipes are good for notes like "enough to make dough stiff" rather than 2 cups. I didn't try any of the recipes yet, but recognize some that are often used - bread pudding

Like popovers! And brown bread! And also she saved the wrapping around crackers to wax the iron
and pieces of twine
and the children's underpants for use as dustrags which skeeves me out a bit no matter how many times I come across this "hint"

I found this book interesting. I did not have a clue what some of the measurement terms were. I am always interesting in our history and reading how our ancestral mothers did normal everyday chores was interesting to me.

The instructions for how to sweep the floor is one of the most unconsciously funny things I've ever read:

=The Proper Way to Sweep a Room=

Dust the furniture and put it in another room. Dust bric-a-brac and put on the bed if you are sweeping a sleeping room, if another room put them on the table, or i

Tis the season for old timey home-cookin'!

I'm an amateur cook with a degree in terrible taste, but that doesn't stop me from trying! I love to fry up this, sauté that, and get down on some good old fashioned baking, especially this time of the year. So, what better time than now to read Things Moth

Nice little homemaker's guide.

It's good to know one can make breads, confections, jams, pickles an a variety of main dishes using simple ingredients, basic cooking techniques, and common, inexpensive spices and seasonings, and come up up with tasty, healthy fare for the family. Granted that many rec

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