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Apple Pie Poem

Punch's Pocket-Book of Fun, 1857

Apple Pie
Air-"all that's bright much fade."

All new dishes fade—
The newest oft the fleetest;
Of all the pies now made,
The Apple's still the sweetest;
Cut and come again,
The syrup upwards springing!
While my life and taste remain,
To thee my heart is clinging.
Other dainties fade—
The newest oft the fleetest;
But of all the pies now made,
The apple's still the sweetest.

Who absurdly buys
Fruit not worth the baking?
Who wastes crust on pies
That do not pay for making?
Better far to be
An Apple Tartlet buying,
Than to make one at home, and see
On it there's no relying:
That must all be weigh'd,
When thyself thou treatest—
Still a pie home-made
Is, after all, the sweetest.

Who a pie would make,
First his apple slices;
Then he ought to take
Some cloves—the best of spices;
Grate some lemon rind.
Butter add discreetly;
Then some sugar mix—but mind
The pie's not made too sweetly.
Every pie that's made
With sugar, is completest;
But moderation should pervade—
Too sweet is not the sweetest.

Who would tone impart,
Must—if my word is trusted—
Add to his pie or tart
A glass of port—old crusted:
If a man of taste,
He, complete to make it,
In the very finest paste
Will enclose and bake it.
Pies have each their grade,
But, when this thou eatest,
Of all that e'er were made.
You'll say `tis best and sweetest.

Susan Armstrong


 Florida Johnnycake

2 cups boiling water

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon butter

1 cup cornmeal

1 tablespoon bacon fat

Slowly add the cornmeal to the boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Add the sugar, butter, bacon fat and salt. Place a 3-ounce scoop in a black skillet and cook for 5 minutes on each side.


Confederate Biscuits

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons shortening

2/3 cup buttermilk

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture is the consistency of meal. Stir in buttermilk. Form mixture into a ball; place on a floured surface and knead a few times. Pat out to about 1/4-inch thick. Cut with a small biscuit cutter. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Cut open and spread with a little butter.


Captain Sanderson's Boiled Pork and Bean Soup

1 pound dried navy beans

1 pound pork shoulder or butt

1 onion (diced)

1 leek (diced)

1 garlic clove (diced)

1 sprig thyme

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons bacon fat

Soak beans overnight in cold water. Dice pork into 1-inch pieces and boil in water about 1 hour, until tender. Save the stock. In a soup pot, add bacon fat,onions, garlic and leek. Once the liquid is clear, add thyme and vinegar. Add soaked navy beans and the pork stock. Simmer for 30 minutes and then add pork back to pot. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until the beans are tender. Season with salt and pepper. Then slightly mash the beans. Serve with johnnycake or buttermilk biscuits.


Miss Leslie's Stewed Mutton Chops

1 loin of mutton

2 carrots (sliced)

1 turnip (diced)

1 onion (diced)

2 Idaho potatoes (diced)

2 plum tomatoes (diced)

Slice mutton loin and pound with meat hammer until thin. Season with salt and pepper and sear in a pan on both sides, then remove. In the same pan, sauté carrots, onion, turnip, potatoes and tomatoes until clear. Then add mutton back to pan and cover with water and a lid. Simmer for 2 hours, until tender.


Roast Rabbit on a Spit with  Boston Mustard

1 whole rabbit

½ cup lard

Place rabbit on spit and cook over medium heat. Baste with lard every 5 minutes. Cook for 45 minutes. Serve with Boston mustard on the side.

Boston Mustard

¼ cup mustard Seeds

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon sugar

3 tablespoons milk

In mortar, mix mustard seeds, salt and sugar. Add milk and mix till smooth. It should be very smooth.


Fried Catfish with Confederate Ketchup

2 catfish fillets

1 cup flour or cornmeal

salt and pepper

1 cup pork fat

Roll catfish in cornmeal and fry in a black skillet with pork fat. Cook on each side for 5 minutes and then serve with homemade ketchup.


Homemade Ketchup

4 quarts crushed tomatoes

1 pint of vinegar

3 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons mustard

2 tablespoons black pepper

3 crushed red peppers

½ ounce allspice

½ ounce mace

Mix all ingredients in a large pot and reduce by two-thirds. Serve with fried catfish.

Mrs. Haskell's 1861 Mashed Potatoes

4 Idaho potatoes (peeled and quartered)

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons butter

½ cup cream

Salt and pepper

In a large pot of boiling water place potatoes and salt and simmer until tender. Remove potatoes from water and let steam dry for 15 minutes. Place in a bowl and mash with butter, cream, salt and pepper. Serve warm.

Braised Turnip Greens

2 bunches turnip greens

1 onion (sliced)

1 tablespoon salt

1 piece fatback

Rinse greens under cold water and soak for 1 hour. Add greens and onions to boiling water with fat back and salt. Cook for 20 minutes and serve.

Fried Corn

4 ears corn

1 onion (diced)

1 tablespoon butter

Shuck and remove silk from corn. Cut corn off ear and place in sauté pan with butter and onions. Season the corn with salt and pepper and cook for 15 minutes until golden brown.

Mrs. Cornelius's Molasses Apple Pie with  Ice Cream 


2½ cups flour

1 cup butter

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

6 to 8 tablespoons ice water

Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until l crust comes together. Roll out ½-inch thick and line a pie pan. Save the remaining dough for a lattice top.

Pie Filling

5 green apples (peeled and sliced)

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup molasses

Fill pie with sliced apples, nutmeg and molasses. Cover with lattice and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, 15 minutes. Let cool and serve with ice cream.

Ice Cream

2 eggs

6 ounces sugar

½ quart of milk

½ quart of cream

3 teaspoons corn starch

1 teaspoon vanilla paste

Mix eggs, corn starch and sugar in a metal bowl. Heat milk and vanilla bean in sauce pot on stove for 10 minutes. Slowly pour in egg mixture and whisk until thick. Place in ice cream machine and freeze. to add text, images, and other content