RECIPE WEDNESDAY: Were meals better in the good old days – try these recipes from 1900 and see for yourself

They say that meals were better in the good old days. Here are a couple of recipes you can try from the Past- 1890s and 1900s


“Cut the remnants of turkey from a previous dinner into pieces of equal size. Boil the bones in a quart of water, until the quart is reduced to a pint, then take out the bones, and to the liquor in which they were boiled add turkey gravy, if you have any, or white stock, or a small piece of butter with salt and pepper; let the liquor thus prepared boil up once; then put in the pieces of turkey, dredge in a little flour, give it one boil-up, and serve in a hot dish.


Two cups of chopped cold mutton, two tablespoonfuls of hot water, and a piece of butter as large as an English walnut. When the meat is hot, break in three eggs, and constantly stir until the eggs begin to stiffen, Season with pepper and salt.


More interesting and sometimes humorous household tips and  solutions and old recipes can be found in the book. VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past

Vinegar of the Four Thieves: Recipes & Curious Tips from the Past (Paperback)

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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. Cassandra Nancy Kenfield-Lea

    my mom used to make turkey hash, but it was a different recipe….she’d add the leftover cornbread stuffing to “pulled” turkey meat, leftover gravy, onions, and whatever else she thought might taste good. I can recall some cranberries being involved one year. It was heavenly!

  2. Susan Bryant Myers

    I will say that our ancestors ate real food instead of manufactured pseudo-foods. can’t say the foods tasted better

  3. James Rowell

    I eat like this a lot now.

  4. like the recipes !!

  5. Vicki Blackstock

    Me to, if it wasn’t for left over’s we wouldn’t eat. Groceries are way to expensive in today’s greedy world.

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