With the holidays in full swing, you just might need a recipe for a company party or family gathering. Embark on a culinary journey through the 20th century with holiday recipes published by periodicals around the country.
In a vintage collection of recipes from the early 1900s, The Ames Intelligencer included German Pepper Nuts (small Christmas cakes), Fruit Cookies, and Everybody’s Delight.
What could be more traditional than minced meat pie and plum pudding? “Dainty Dishes for Christmas” included these two recipes, and “Some Best Recipes” embraced holiday treats with a Christmas cookie sure to please the kids.
Candies and cookies are always a holiday favorite to give to friends and family. The Canton Daily News treated readers with “Boxed Home-Made Candies Make Festive Yule Gifts,” which lists favorites like fudge and maple pralines and “Recipes Promise a Bigger and Sweeter Christmas” had everyone’s favorite – Fruit Cake.
Holiday recipe contests were a popular addition to many newspapers throughout the 1900s. The Manitowoc Herald Times announced their weekly contest in preparation for the upcoming holiday season. The winner each week “will receive a $5 check and will have their pictures published in the newspaper showing them preparing their prize-winning recipe.” The December 22, 1955 edition featured Mrs. Charles F. Goessl with her winning recipe for Carmel Coated Yule Logs.
The Holiday Cookbook featured in the San Rafael Independent Journal showcased the 25 winners and their recipes along with entries that were awarded honorable mention. These practical creations were written with clear instructions for readers to try at home, like yogurt molded salad and mincemeat upside-down cake.
This Holiday Recipe Guide has so many recipes they had to split them into categories for readers to find the supplement easily. Why not try some Potato Chip Cookies or an Orange Crisco Cake?
A list of holiday recipes wouldn’t be complete without festive beverages. Thee Corpus Christi Caller Times published several holiday recipes, including a variety of punches and eggnog. One recipe was at least 200 years old at the time of publication in 1950!
“Spirits Conjure Holiday Warmth” served up yuletide beverages of the adult variety with several twists on eggnog – even a basic one for family and friends that prefer not to imbibe.
Using a twist on a traditional holiday beverage, The Evening Times from Cumberland, Maryland, gave its readers a holiday eggnog pie recipe complete with a picture of the culinary creation.
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