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RECIPE WEDNESDAY: Creamed oysters – a recipe from 1897

Creamed Oysters

Recipe from 1897

Drain 50 oysters: wash by pouring gradually over them a pitcher of cold water; put them in a saucepan stir carefully until they reach the boiling point; drain again, this time saving the liquor. Measure, and add to the liquor thus obtained sufficient milk to make one pint. Put two tablespoonfuls of butter and two of flour in a saucepan; add the oyster liquor and milk, and stir constantly until boiling, then add a teaspoonful of salt, a quarter of a teaspoonful of pepper and the oysters. Heat gradually and serve.

By adding the yolks of two eggs just before taking the oysters from the fire and a tablespoonful of chopped parsley after they have been dished, you may have a fricassee of oysters which may be served on toast or the plate may be garnished with squares of toast. (Ladies’ Home Journal)

VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the pastDo you want to know Thomas Jefferson’s recipe for Vinegar of the Four Thieves or how to make Ox Tail Soup?
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This book is a collection of household tips, medical cures, clothing care and old recipes from the 1800’s and 1900’s. Many of the tips, such as the household cleaners, cooking tips and ways to control pests, still work and are helpful in today’s ‘green’ environment while others such as ‘how to cure a dog of eating eggs’ will make you laugh. Either way, this book will help you appreciate the difficult life your grandparents endured.

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. Pamela Adams Kimbro

    Lamar Adams sounds like a recipe you should try.

  2. David McLeod

    Love me some oyster stew.

  3. Yum!!

  4. My Mother use to make creamed oysters foe me.

  5. Often had Oyster Stew during my growing-up years in Marion County, Hamilton, AL!

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