#TBT…what to make for dinner!

Do you ever think…what should I make for dinner? Or I’m so sick of making the same thing ever week? I need something new?

Well, good news for you! We are going to share with you some of our favorite recipes from our Colonial Cook Cards (circa 1907). They are selected recipes from the ancestral homes of the Old South, taken primarily, however, from the most aristocratic families of Maryland and Virginia, whose people have been long famous as the best livers of a land “flowing with milk and honey.”

Here are a few of our favorites (make at your own risk) :

Chicken – Maryland Fried (from Judge Benjamin Watkin’s family recipe, MD)


  • 1 Chicken
  • 4 Slices of fat bacon
  • 1 tbsp of flour
  • 1 gill hot water
  • 1/2 pt rich cream
  • salt & pepper to taste

Prepare and cut chicken for frying.  Allow frying pan to get hot.  Put into it the bacon.  When essence is all extracted add chicken, seasoned with salt and pepper, only.  When chicken is browned and done as it should be, remove from frying pan.  Then add hot water and sift flour in, stirring all the time, add cream, and pepper and salt to taste, and allow to boil a few minutes.

Tomatoes – baked


  • Tomatoes (as many as desired)
  • Pepper (as many as desired)
  • Salt (as many as desired)
  • Sweet herbs (as many as desired)

Cut your tomatoes into two – the broad way. Place upon a tin with the rind downward, strew one each a seasoning of pepper, salt and sweet herbs; chop fine, set in oven until soft and then serve without sauce.

Floating Island (Mitchell family recipe, MD)


  • 2 tbsp red raspberry jam
  • 1 tbsp currant jelly
  • 1 tbsp white of egg
    • To make the custard:
      • 1 qt milk
      • 5 eggs
      • 1/2 lb sugar
      • 1 tbsp vanilla

Mix jam, jelly and white of egg together and beat until the spoons stands up in it.   To make the custard:  Boil the milk and pour it over the eggs and sugar after they are beaten together and then return to the sauce pan and cook slowly until it thickens.  Pour in a bowl when cool and put the float on top.  It makes pretty and delicious dish!

And here are some other fun dish names!

  • Buttered eggs
  • Chicken jelly (um, what?)
  • Cheese straws
  • Beef tea (there’s a #1 and a #2)
  • Washington’s breakfast cakes (well, if it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for us!)
  • Cucumber Catsup



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