Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Tidbits of Christmas Dinner Menu

I hope you had a joyous Christmas. Below are 6 Christmas Dinner Menus Published in 1891 by Table Talk Publishing Company. I've included the comments before and after the recipes so you can see the spirit of the publication. Note the end comment on decorations, quite tasteful imho.

A portion of our pleasure is derived from the hosts of good things we have to eat, consequently let us have as good a Christmas dinner as we can afford; have it served nicely and newly. I will give some five or six menus, running from the elaborate to the very simple:
Menu No. 1
Blue Points on Half Shell, Salted Almonds, Olives
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Soup Crecy
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Boiled Red Snapper Oyster Sauce, Potatoes Parsley Sauce
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Roasted Capon Truffle Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Roasted Goose Potatoe Stuffing, Apple Sauce, Peas Scalloped Tomatoes
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Punch
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Canvas-Back Duck Currant Jelly, Baked Macaroni
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Tiny Lobster Cutlets, with Lettuce with French Dressing, Toasted Water Thins
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English Plum Puddings
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Coffee
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Raisins Fruit Nuts, Sugar Plums

Menu No. 2
Clear Soup
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Salted Almonds Olives
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Diamond-Back Terrapin Saratoga Chips
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Roasted Turkey Oyster Stuffing, Grape Jelly, Potato Croquettes Peas
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Ginger Sherbet
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Partridges served on Fried Mush, Cranberry Sauce
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Asparagus Salad, Wafers Brie
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English Plum Pudding, Coffee, Nuts Raisins Fruits Sugar Plums
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Menu No. 3
Bisque of Tomato
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Turkey Bread Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Roasted Potatoes Browned Sweets, Peas
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Mayonnaise of Celery, Toasted Crackers Cheese
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Mince Pie Lemon Custard, Coffee
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Nuts Raisins Fruits Sugar Plums
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Menu No. 4
Cream of Corn Soup
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Roasted Goose Potato Stuffing, Fried Apples, Mashed Sweet Potatoes Cauliflower
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Lettuce and Boiled Chestnuts, with French Dressing, Wafers
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Suet & Fruit Pudding, Coffee
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Nuts Raisins Fruits Sugar Plums
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Menu No. 5
Chicken Broth with Rice
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Roasted Duck Onion Stuffing, Browned Turnips Peas
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Chicken Pie
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Mayonnaise of Celery, Wafers Neufchatel
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Charlotte Russe, Coffee, Nuts Raisins Fruits Sugar Plums
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Menu No. 6
Cream of Celery Soup
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Roasted Chicken Bread Stuffing, Oyster Sauce, Mashed Potatoes,Browned Baked Macaroni
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Lettuce Salad, French Dressing, Crackers Cheese
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Mince Pies Cranberry Tart
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Coffee
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Nuts Raisins Candy
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Let the table be arranged as prettily as possible. An attractive and inexpensive decoration is made from white china silk and holly berries. Crumple the silk in graceful folds in the centre of the table. Break the twigs containing the berries from the branch , and put them in the folds of the silk. Do not have any other decorations on the table, save a twig of mistletoe at each place. The dining room should be decorated with green, and if convenient, have a small round side table covered, first with a white cloth and then entirely with ferns, stems running to the centre. Have in this centre a pretty basket of fruit, the handle covered with holly. In front of the mantle, if space will permit, have two pretty palms, met with a flow of green from the mantle itself. Holly and ground pine make the most appropriate Christmas decorations.


Lynn A. Coleman is an award winning & best-selling author who makes her home in Keystone Heights, Florida, with her husband of 42 years. Lynn's latest novella available this month. The Rails to Love Romance Collection Her story is titled "Love on the Rails"

8 comments:

  1. Interesting combination for some of the menus. Thank you for sharing these and the table decorations. Happy New Year!

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  2. Very nice menus! I have a beautiful book from Victoria magazine, about Victorian Christmases. I love Victoriana! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Interesting menus, thanks for sharing.
    Blessings, Tina

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