Chuck Wagon, Dutch oven, and Victorian recipes.
The recipe section is undergoing an extremely large update that includes 100's of recipes from Victorian era cookbooks. Each of the sections, listed by food category, will include articles centered on the preparation of the food as well as the vintage utensils used in the food's preparation. Links to the articles will be provided as this section is being written.
I can't wait every summer to start putting up my supply of jams and jellies. There is no way you can compare store bought preserves to home made.
Another baking contest winner - 1st place for double crust pie. This years entry - 2014 - was Country Peach. I had fun using some tiny vegetable cutters to make the vents. The pie sold at auction for $60.00.
Just to toot my own horn, here is a photo from before a recent contest of my first place winning Caramel Apple Pie. I took a lot of twists and turns with the filling including using an apple cider reduction and some other little tweaks.
Victorian Vegetable Recipes
Here is a wonderful selection of recipes for those vegetables you just brought in from the garden. Many of these great vegetable recipes have been forgotten with the passage of time and would still be a hit with your family today.
Victorian Sandwich Recipes
We all love sandwiches but a little variety is a wonderful thing now and then. Here is a nice selection of sandwich recipes ranging from rather common to "wow I never would've thought of that".
This is an extensive selection of soup recipes from the Victorian era. From basic recipes to the almost ridiculous you are likely to find the perfect recipe for a delicious soup to impress friends and family.
Biscuits, Rolls & Muffins
Recipes for sourdough starter, making sourdough biscuits as well as a huge selection of Victorian recipes for biscuits, rolls and muffins.
Recipes for a variety of breads including sour dough, brown bread and corn breads.
Dumplings and Puddings
Victorian puddings were very popular in their day and are once again gaining in popularity. Here is a great selection of vintage pudding and dumpling recipes.
A large collection of cake and frosting recipes from the 1800's. This section also contains helpful hints on gauging the temperature in wood burning stoves as well as many other useful facts.
|Pie, Pastry and Tarts
This is a vast collection of Victorian recipes for pies, pastries and tarts. Included are helpful hints on making good flaky pies crusts as well as other techniques.
Dutch Oven Cooking
Here are the first lessons in what will become a series of videos on cooking techniques for Dutch ovens and other styles of cooking and baking.
For a great selection of antique Kitchenalia as well as a great number of Victorian recipes and articles visit and peruse our store Vintage Chef.
Thanks to Lee Henry and the Rockin' L-H wagon, Big Red, for sharing this great poem. It kind of sums up the whole chuckwagon thing.
By Lee Henry
Rattlin' of pans in the pre-dawn light
Signals the end of a cold bitter night.
Jawin' and gratin' of the coffee grinders song
Says get up cowboy it's near breakin' dawn.
A grouchy old figure with pot hook in hand
Reflects a lifetime of cookin' with his wrinkles and tan.
His breakfast from memory is simple to fix
It's salt pork, coffee, sour dough and lick.
His kitchen of canvas, chuckwagon and hames
Prances and dances in the flickering flames.
From inside the chuckbox the Cookie removes
A large sack of flour and a bottle of booze.
With his back to the bedrolls from the bottle he takes
A nip of "White Lightnin'" to ward off the snakes.
The tools of his trade, a bowl he has kept
Thru thunder and lightnin' and rustlers he 's met.
Washed in streams and scrubbed by the sands
His large wooden bowl he carved with his hands.
Blendin' the lard in the fixins' so neat
From the crock pours the sourdough, it's sour but sweet.
The biscuits are cut and the to the Dutch
Are crowded together by the masters touch.
The coals from the fire on the lid with a lip
Are hot as a Colt drawn from the hip.
The golden brown sourdoughs from his Dutch oven pan
Has filled the craw of many -a-man.
With his back to the cowboys ridin, over the crest
A nip he will take before attackin' the mess.
With bottle in hand, and the marks from a quirt
As he toasts, "Thanks Cookie" Cut in the dirt.