Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Tonight We're Gonna Eat Like It's 1899 (Clam Soup Recipe!)

Are you tired of all the new recipes out there that call for processed, boxed, chemical-laden, fake food?  I sure am.  Thankfully, I have the Internet :)  It is my friend when it comes to finding wholesome, nutritious, easy recipes that are good for my family.  My latest obsession is vintage cookbooks!  If you haven't looked for them online, you probably don't know that there are literally thousands of free cookbooks online that date from before 1900 and onward.  My favorites are the pre-1900's cookbooks because they use real food ingredients- nothing fake, nothing processed, all dripping in real butter and animal fats!
Speaking of animal fats and butter, did you know that the first heart attack in the U.S. wasn't until 1920?  That was a few years after the invention of Crisco in 1911.  I think I'll stick with the God-given natural fats that people have used for thousands of years.  Obesity and clogged arteries weren't a problem back in our great-great-grandparents' day.
As I said before, I have been obsessed with vintage cookbooks lately.  Here is one link that takes you to thousands of fantastic books that have expired copyrights- FREE to everyone who has a need or interest in them :)
The recipe I am going to share with you comes from the Church of the Good Shepherd Cookbook of 1896. 
As pictured above, I made the delicious Clam Soup, submitted by Mrs. P.W. Talbott:
Clam Soup
One pint water, one pint of sliced peeled potatoes and one onion.
Boil until potatoes and onion are thoroughly cooked then mash. (I didn't mash)
One dozen clams chopped, one quart of rich milk, seasoned with butter, pepper, salt and celery to taste.
Most of the recipes in these books are just as simple!  If you have never cooked from scratch, this is a great place to start.  There are also household tips at the end of a few cookbooks :)  It is really interesting to read about herbal remedies and clothes washing in the 1800's! 
So, put on your apron and try to get back to your roots...  and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

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