PATRON + RECIPE WEDNESDAY: Poached Eggs and Clear Soup from 1884 recipes


(Transcribed from The Troy Messenger, Troy, Alabama July 3, 1884, Note: This is the way the recipes were published in the newspapers, minus cooking temp. and time.)


Four pounds of beef, one-half gallon of water, boil slowly eight hours; skim and strain then add two onions, three stalks of celery, salt and pepper and boil twenty minutes and strain.


Fill a frying pan with boiling water, add a little salt and vinegar. Break eggs, one at a time, into a wet saucer; slip upon the surface of the water, cook slowly three minutes. Take up with a skimmer.

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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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One comment

  1. Kay Stewart

    Do you have a recipe for “Nail Soup”??

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