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What’s for dinner? Here, we answer the question with a book published in 1883 by Marion Harland. The book contains a dinner menu for each day of the year.
This video is for September, the fourth week, Monday Dinner.
On the menu for dinner: Giblet Soup, Brown Beef Stew, Mashed Potatoes, Lima Beans, Cucumbers and Onion Salad.
On the menu for dessert: Bananas, Oranges, and Apples, Coffee and Albert Biscuit.
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Again skim the contents of your stock-pot. Pour into the soup-kettle with the water in which the giblets were boiled. Add seasoning at discretion, and simmer, after the boil is reached, fifteen minutes. Chop the gizzards very fine, and put into the soup. Pound the livers to a paste, with a heaping tablespoonful of butter, and half as much flour, thin with a little of the boiling soup, stir into the soup, boil one minute, and serve.
Brown Beef Stew
3 lbs lean beef
1 tablespoonful of powdered marjoram, thyme and parsley mixed
1 tablespoonful browned flour
1 teaspoonful of Worcestershire
1 tablespoonful tomato catsup
1 glass of wine
Juice of half a lemon and pinch of the peel
1 cup of chopped mushrooms
1 dice of fried bread
Cut the beef into strips two inches long, add the minced onion, just cover with water, and cook, at the back of the range, two hours. Add the rest of the ingredients, with the exception of the flour, catsup, sauce, lemon-juice, and wine, and let it summer one hour longer. Then add the condiments just named, and the flour. Boil up, line a deep dish with small squares of fried bread, and pour the stew upon them.
Prepare as usual, and send up without browning.
Shell, and cook about forty minutes in boiling, salted water. Drain, pepper, salt and stir in a good lump of butter when dished.
Cucumber and Onion Salad
Pare the cucumbers and lay in ice-water one hour. Do the same with the onions in another bowl. Then slice them in the proportion of one onion to three large cucumbers, and arrange in a salad bowl, and season with vinegar, pepper, and salt.
Bananas, Oranges and Apples
Rub clean, arrange effectively as to color and size, put green leaves among them, and give a doily, clean plate, and fruit-knife to each person.
Coffee and Albert Biscuit
Have the coffee hot and strong, and be sure the biscuits are fresh.