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Grandma's Homemade  Recipes from mid-1800s thru 1930

Raisin Bread
Grandma Minnie's drop cookie recipe (Lat

-Minnie P. (Weber) Lumbatis   c. 1924

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We'd love you to share some of your "simple" favorite recipes from your "Grands" & Greats"!

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Caprilands Favorite Christmas Cookie (late 1800s)

½ cup shortening

2 tablespoons whole anise

½ cup sugar

1 tablespoon ground coriander seed

½ cup molasses

1 scant ground cloves

1 egg (unbeaten)

¼ teaspoon salt

2¼ cups flour

2 tablespoons baking soda

2 teaspoons ground ginger

2 tablespoons hot water

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

6 tablespoons strong black coffee


Cream together shortening, sugar, molasses, and egg.  Sift flour, spices, and salt together.  Add to shortening mixture.  Dissolve soda in hot water and set aside.  Add coffee to flour-spice mixture, then beat in soda.  Mix well, drop by spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet, two inches apart.       Bake in a 350-degree oven approximately 15 minutes.  Do not overbake as cookies should stay soft.  Yield: 60

Sherry Frosting: Stir 3½ tablespoons of sherry into 2 cups of confectioner’s sugar and spread over cookies. Decorate with colored sugars, halves of cherries, or bits of angelica.  (The icing stays white for just two days, so ice cookies only as you can use them.

SOURCE: Monroe County Historical Society. Undated event booklet or newsletter titled “Monroe County Heritage: History of the Pioneer Cemetery Woodsfield, Ohio”  After 1985.

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German Cabbage Soup

2-1/2 c. water           8 oz. tomato sauce

2 t. lemon juice        1 t. sugar

2 c. diced apples      pinch black pepper

3 c. torn cabbage    1 T. caraway seed

1/3 c. diced onion    1 cl. crushed garlic

4 c. beef broth           1/2 t. dried mustard 

In soup kettle add water, broth, tomato sauce and lemon juice. Bring to boil.

Add apples, cabbage, sugar, pepper, caraway seed and mustard.  Cover and simmer until cabbage is tender. (Abt. 20 minutes)

Tip: adding mustard when cooking many "gassy foods" helps reduce gas.

This recipe serves 4-6 .

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Spirit of Democracy, 1895

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