Recipes, Diary Reflect Simpler, Authentic Era In U.S.

Quote: Give it Your AllSince I mostly blog about United States history, I read several bloggers who write about Americana and American history, and I’ve always had a preferences for those that delve into topics about everyday life. One blog I really enjoy reading — A Hundred Years Ago — originally began as entries from a diary kept by the blogger’s grandmother. As the site notes,

My grandmother, Helena Muffly, kept a diary from 1911-1914 when she was a teen living on a farm in central Pennsylvania. The original purpose of this blog was to post Grandma’s diary entries, as well as background and contextual information, a hundred year’s to the day after she wrote them.

Once the contents of the diary were explored, the blogger turned her attention to old family recipes — another topic I find interesting.

In her most recent post, the blogger discusses an vintage recipe for Old-fashioned Apple Raisin Stuffing — a tasty alternative to other less sweet stuffing (like my mother’s cornbread stuffing which is my perennial favorite).

As a family historian, one of my regrets center on food. I wished I’d videotaped my grandmothers baking their best recipes (at least in my opinion). For my maternal grandmother, Malinda (Smith) Beaty, that would be her buttermilk biscuits and for my paternal grandmother, Mary (Lewis) Claywell, it would be her cornbread. And, although, not a favorite of mine, I also wish I’d taped Grandma Claywell making watermelon preserves because of its uniqueness.

Many of life’s greatest memories, it seems, occurred at family picnics or around a dinner table. So, if you are looking for an ‘old-time’ recipe A Hundred Years Ago has plenty — everything from Black Walnut Taffy to Creamed Dandelion.

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2 thoughts on “Recipes, Diary Reflect Simpler, Authentic Era In U.S.

  1. I’m honored that you thought A Hundred Years Ago was worthy of featuring in this post.

    • You’re welcome — I enjoy reading your posts. Somewhere in my piles of papers I have a handwritten recipe from my paternal grandmother that I intend to post someday (when I find the time to go through all my documents.) I think recipes are — all too often — that part of family history that gets overlooked or minimized which is disappointing. In my family, food was (is) almost always the center point for our get-togethers.

      Have a great week!

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