Tuesday’s Romance of Cookery and Housekeeping ~ Crab Cocktail

Crab Cocktail

1 cup crab meat
1 cup celery, finely chopped
1 hard boiled egg, diced
3 large sweet pickles, chopped
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
2-3 sprinkles Frank’s red hot sauce
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1-3 to 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • Flake the crab into small pieces.
  • Toss crab, celery, egg, pickles in a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle seasonings over crab mixture.
  • Fold in mayonnaise to desired consistency and mix well.
  • Chill overnight.
  • Serve on a lettuce leaf and garnish with a sprinkle of paprika and a lemon slice.


Adapted from the recipe on page 459 as adapted from ‘A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband’ by Louise Bennett Weaver and Helen Cowles LeCron

I do the memes: Menu Plan Monday hosted by aura at I’m an Organizing Junkie, Favorite Ingredient Friday hosted by Kathryn at Overwhelmed with Joy, Freezer Food Friday hosted by MJ at mjpuzzlemom, Scrumptious Sunday hosted by Meredith at Mercedes Rocks and Slow Cooking Thursday hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. Doing them all make great additions to help keeping me on track and finding so new recipes!
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Ginger Ale Salad

1 small package lemon flavored Jell-O
1/2 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 cup ginger ale
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup cherries, seeded and chopped

  • Pour hot water over gelatin to dissolve.
  • Add the sugar and lemon juice.
  • Cool slightly and allow to thicken a bit.
  • Add remaining ingredients and pour into mold.*
  • Chill in refrigerator.
  • Unmold and serve on lettuce leaves.

*I made individual cups that didn’t require unmolding.

Modified from a recipe (page 46) adapted from ‘A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband’ by Louise Bennett Weaver and Helen Cowles LeCron

I do the memes: Menu Plan Monday hosted by aura at I’m an Organizing Junkie, Favorite Ingredient Friday hosted by Kathryn at Overwhelmed with Joy, Freezer Food Friday hosted by MJ at mjpuzzlemom, Scrumptious Sunday hosted by Meredith at Mercedes Rocks and Slow Cooking Thursday hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. Doing them all make great additions to help keeping me on track and finding so new recipes!

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CARAMEL FROSTING

1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  • Mix the sugars, milk and butter together.
  • Cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently until a soft ball forms.
  • Remove from heat and let set for 15 minutes.
  • Beat until creamy.
  • Add vanilla and whip until smooth.
  • Ice cake.
MOCHA CARAMEL FROSTING

3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon espresso powder
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  • Mix the sugars, espresso powder, milk and butter together.
  • Cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently until a soft ball forms.
  • Remove from heat and let set for 15 minutes.
  • Beat until creamy.
  • Add vanilla and whip until smooth.
  • Ice cake.

Recipe (page 90) adapted from ‘A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband’ by Louise Bennett Weaver and Helen Cowles LeCron

I do the memes: Menu Plan Monday hosted by aura at I’m an Organizing Junkie, Favorite Ingredient Friday hosted by Kathryn at Overwhelmed with Joy, Freezer Food Friday hosted by MJ at mjpuzzlemom, Scrumptious Sunday hosted by Meredith at Mercedes Rocks and Slow Cooking Thursday hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. Doing them all make great additions to help keeping me on track and finding so new recipes!
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BOILED SALAD DRESSING
now known as Creamy Sweet and Sour Bacon Dressing


2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon mustard
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon butter

1/3 cup vinegar
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons sugar
4 slices bacon, crumbled small

  • Beat egg yolk thoroughly.
  • Sift dry ingredients together and add to the egg yolk mixture, mixing well.
  • Gradually and alternately add the vinegar and water.
  • Cook in double boiler until thick and creamy. Can be cooked directly over flame, but must be watched carefully and stirred constantly.
  • Add butter, beating smooth.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add bacon pieces.
  • Store in refrigerator.
Recipe (page 106) adapted from ‘A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband’ by Louise Bennett Weaver and Helen Cowles LeCron


I do the memes: Menu Plan Monday hosted by aura at I’m an Organizing Junkie, Favorite Ingredient Friday hosted by Kathryn at Overwhelmed with Joy, Freezer Food Friday hosted by MJ at mjpuzzlemom, Scrumptious Sunday hosted by Meredith at Mercedes Rocks and Slow Cooking Thursday hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. Doing them all make great additions to help keeping me on track and finding so new recipes!
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Thousand Island Salad Dressing
  • 1/2 cup salad oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons dehydrated minced onions
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons minced sweet pickles
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Mix well in mini food processor. I like it a little thinner than traditional so it tosses easily. Chill 24-48 hours before using.


Modified from recipe (page 93) adapted from ‘A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband’ by Louise Bennett Weaver and Helen Cowles LeCron

I do the memes: Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie, Favorite Ingredient Friday hosted by Kathryn at Overwhelmed with Joy, Freezer Food Friday hosted by MJ at mjpuzzlemom, Scrumptious Sunday hosted by Meredith at Mercedes Rocks and Slow Cooking Thursday hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. Doing them all make great additions to help keeping me on track and finding so new recipes!
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Stuffed Tomatoes
  • 2 Large FIRM tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumbers
  • 1 bunch chopped green onions, chopped fine
  • 1 celery spear, chopped fine
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup celery seed dressing (see side bar for this recipe)
Thoroughly wash the tomatoes*. Slice off the top of each tomato. Cut out stem area and dice the remaining pieces. Carefully spoon out the seeds. In a mixing bowl mix together your tomato top pieces, seeds (optional – I like them though), cucumbers, green onions, celery and salt. Toss together well. Warm the dressing for a few seconds in the microwave and then toss with the vegetables. This works best if you mix together all the ingredients and chill for 2 hours before stuffing the tomatoes. Serve on a bed of lettuce.

*The original recipe called for peeling the tomatoes.

Recipe (page 180) adapted from ‘A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband’ by Louise Bennett Weaver and Helen Cowles LeCron

I do the memes: Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie, Favorite Ingredient Friday hosted by Kathryn at Overwhelmed with Joy, Freezer Food Friday hosted by MJ at mjpuzzlemom, Scrumptious Sunday hosted by Meredith at Mercedes Rocks and Slow Cooking Thursday hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. Doing them all make great additions to help keeping me on track and finding so new recipes!

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Lemon Sauce
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour+
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
Mix together the flour, sugar and salt. Add the water and beat vigorously. Cook over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the lemon juice and butter. Cook 2 more minutes. If too thin sprinkle in a bit more Wondra flour until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately over grilled fish. I grilled Mahi Mahi and it was really delicious.

Recipe (page 253) adapted from ‘A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband’ by Louise Bennett Weaver and Helen Cowles LeCron

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Celery Seed Dressing
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 cup salad oil


Blend together in small food processor for 3 minutes. Chill. This is a thick dressing so shake vigorously before serving. I spooned a small portion into a bowl and microwaved it for a few seconds and served it warm. It thins out dramatically when warmed. It was yummy!


Keep bottled in refrigerator

Recipe (page 85) adapted from ‘A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband’ by Louise Bennett Weaver and Helen Cowles LeCron

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White Cakes (cupcakes) and White Mountain Cream Icing

CUP CAKES
1/3 cup butter

1 cup sugar
2/3 cup milk

2 cups sifted flour

3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

3 egg whites, stiffly beaten

Cream the butter, add the sugar and continue creaming. Alternately add the dry ingredients. Add the milk. Beat well and add flavorings. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Fill well greased muffin tins 2/3 full or use muffin papers*. Bake 15-18 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven to cooling rack for 5 minutes before removing cakes. Carefully remove and cool completely.

ICING
1 cup granulated sugar

1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup water
1 egg water

In a saucepan pour the water, sugar and cream of tartar without stirring! Remove from heat as soon as syrup forms strings when dropped from a spoon. Pour very slowly onto the stiffly beaten egg white. Beat vigorously until cool. Add vanilla and blend in. Spread immediately. If icing gets too hard to spread add a little war water and beat again.

*The original recipe calls for baking the entire mix in a 13 x 9 pan on wax paper and then cutting into decorative shapes with fancy cutters after the cake is cooled.

Recipe (page 24) adapted from ‘A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband’ by Louise Bennett Weaver and Helen Cowles LeCron

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The Romance of Cookery and Housekeeping



I found this awesome book at a rummage sale a few years ago and it’s just been sitting on the shelf begging to be read, “A Thousand Ways to Please A Husband with Bettina’s Best Recipes”, by Louise Bennett Weaver and Helen Cowles LeCron. This is a 1932 complete revised edition. It was originally written in 1917.

It appears (I have hardly began to read it, only leafed through it so far) to have been written as a novel of Bettina’s life and interjects the recipes as needed to emphasis the points of the message.

By today’s standards it is obviously outdated, but I found it amusingly quaint and it has some awesome recipes. It’s in like new condition. This too I find amazing, it obviously wasn’t well used. Over the next few weeks, on Tuesdays, I will post several of the more appealing recipes that I’ve adapted to today’s ingredients and standards.

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