RECIPE WEDNESDAY: Rusk, Graham Crisps and Rice Waffles

Some Dietetic Recipes from 1883 Ladies Guide in Health and Disease

RUSK – Bread and crackers may be made into granola by first drying till brown, and then grinding in a coffee or hand mill. This is a very serviceable article for thickening puddings; soups, etc. May be eaten with hot milk.

GRAHAM CRISPS – Mix graham flour and cold water into a very stiff dough. Knead, roll very thin; and bake quickly in a hot oven. Excellent food for dyspeptics.

RICE WAFFLES – Take one part of boiled rice to three parts of water, and stir in sufficient graham or whole-wheat flour to make a batter a little thicker than when the flour is used alone. Bake in cast-iron gem-pans; in a very hot oven; though the heat should not be sufficient to brown them in less than fifteen minutes; a longer time toughens the crust. They should be baked on the top first, to prevent the escape of air and steam. The pans should be heated very hot before dripping the batter in. To prevent sticking; smear with sweet-oil or fresh butter, and when thoroughly heated, carefully wipe away as much as possible of the oil.

More interesting and sometimes humorous 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 was a recipe that was known for its antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic and antifungal properties for years. It was even used to cure the Bubonic Plague. See Thomas Jefferson’s recipe in VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past

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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