15 Pioneer Recipes That Survived The Oregon Trail

Just think about riding in a covered wagon across the United States. Weeks upon weeks of travel in all sorts of terrain and weather conditions. The early settlers were a hardy and brave group of people. 

One route traveled was the Oregon Trail. This was a 2,170 mile wheeled wagon route which connected the Missouri River with Oregon. The trail crossed the current states of Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho and Oregon.

My Oregon Trail Adventure - J. Dawg Journeys

The route was first laid out by fur traders beginning in 1811. The first wagon trains filled with emigrants set out in 1836 from Independence, Missouri. 

That begs the question…what type of food or recipes did these adventurous groups of people prepare along the way? I found a wonderful article from homesteading.com which lists 15 recipes that survived the Oregon Trail. 

Here are a few of those recipes:

Potato Cakes

Johnny Cakes

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Molasses Stack Cake

Side Pork And Mormon Gravy

Chocolate Caramels

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 Butterless, Eggless, Milkless Cake

Swiss Apple Cherry Pie


Check these pioneer recipes handed down from generation to generation and from one continent to the other–a gifts from our forefathers!

For the complete list along with the recipes, follow this link:

15 Pioneer Recipes That Survived The Oregon Trail

20 old-fashioned cake recipes from the turn of the century (1900’s) – Click Americana

I’m ready to continue my adventure into pioneer cooking, with cakes. I’ll be sharing my latest attempt in the next edition:  a Spanish chocolate cake from my 1903 Good Housekeeping Cookbook.

Before I do that, however, I wanted to share some other cake recipes from that same era. Here is a link to 20 different recipes for cake, all from the early 20th century. These recipes include:

  • sponge cakes
  • wedding cakes
  • short cakes
  • wine cakes
  • angel food cakes
  • jelly cakes
  • chocolate cakes
  • mountain cakes

I hope you enjoy the article. Let me know if you try any of the recipes.

Until next time…God bless and Namaste!

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For the full article, follow this link: 20 old-fashioned cake recipes from the turn of the century – Click Americana

Vintage Recipes: 100 year old – Waldorf Salad Recipe From Waldorf Astoria Hotel

This week I’ve decided to continue highlighting my love of vintage cooking. Last week, I highlighted 18th century cooking. This week, I’m widening the scope, and focusing on the 19th and 20th century. Since it’s apple season, I’m going to focus on apple recipes.


Today’s recipe is from the Youtube Channel: PopSugarLiving, found HERE.  We’ve all heard of the famous Waldorf Salad, right?  Well, this video features the original, delightful apple and walnut salad, which was first created in the late 1800s at New York’s legendary Waldorf Astoria Hotel and continues to be the most requested item on the menu.

HERE’S TODAY’S VIDEO!

Until next time… Namaste my friends

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Vintage Recipes: A 260-Year Old Recipe for Apple Turnovers

ANNOUNCEMENT

I’d like to tell you that I’m taking a blogging vacation for the next 10 days. I am currently on a break from school and would like to take the next 10 days to give my brain a break. After I complete a class, my brain has been worked quite hard and feels a bit like jello. 😊 🤣 I have no major plans, other than to relax and spend time with family. This is a necessary form of stress relief for me.

Therefore, there will be no main posts from Thursday, September 20 through Sunday, September 30, 2018.  There will be morning recipes and evening quotes through Friday, September 21, 2018, since they are completed and already scheduled. However, there will be no posts at all next week. I will be back with all posts on Monday October 1, 2018. My next Fit by 50 post will be on Thursday, October 4, and will combine weeks 42 through 44.


This week I’ve decided to continue highlighting my love of vintage cooking. Last week, I highlighted 18th century cooking. This week, I’m widening the scope, and focusing on the 19th and 20th century. Since it’s apple season, I’m going to focus on apple recipes.

Okay, so I slipped back to the 1700’s, but I couldn’t resist this Townsend recipe for Apple Turnovers from the 1758 cookbook “The Compleat Housewife” by Eliza Smith. They were actually called “Apple Pasties”, an “ancestral version” the modern day turnover.

If you’d like to see my posts from last week, which featured recipes from the Townsends, FOLLOW THIS LINK. You can find the Townsends channel HERE.

HERE’S TODAY’S VIDEO – Apple Turnovers from 1758

 

Until next time… Namaste my friends

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Vintage Recipes: 1938 Apple ginger patty cakes

This week I’ve decided to continue highlighting my love of vintage cooking. Last week, I highlighted 18th century cooking. This week, I’m widening the scope, and focusing on the 19th and 20th century. Since it’s apple season, I’m going to focus on apple recipes.


This recipe video is from the “Vintage Kitchen” YouTube Channel, found HERE. These tasty little morsels are basically cupcakes, which are filled with apple and ginger. The Vintage Kitchen  indicates the recipe was initially published as “Quick Fancy Patty Cakes” in the Brisbane Worker, January 17, 1939, and was voted “best recipe of the week on December 27, 1938”.

For the batter

  • 4 teaspoons (1 Australian tablespoon) of butter or dairy free margarine
  • 3 Australian (20ml) or 4 US (15ml) tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 eggs or equivalent in egg replacer
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup self raising flour or 1 cup plain or all purpose flour with 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder added
  • food coloring

For the filling 

  • 1 apple
  • ginger and sugar to taste. Powdered ginger was used in the original recipe but why not try glace ginger, chopped finely?  (FYI- Glace ginger is known as “crystalized ginger” in the USA)

HERE’S TODAY’S VIDEO – Apple and Ginger Patty Cakes

Until next time… Namaste my friends

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Vintage Recipes: 1966 Cinnamon candy apples

This week I’ve decided to continue highlighting my love of vintage cooking. Last week, I highlighted 18th century cooking. This week, I’m widening the scope, and focusing on the 19th and 20th century. Since it’s apple season, I’m going to focus on apple recipes.


With Halloween a little more than a month away, I thought this was the perfect vintage apple recipe to share. This recipe video is from Cup of Zest. You can find her channel HERE,  which features retro and vintage recipes. She indicates that this “vintage inspired” recipe is originally from the 1966 Better Homes and Gardens Cookies and Candies Cookbook.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 6 small to medium apples
  • 6 lollipop sticks or other sticks
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 2 drops maroon food coloring
  • 10-12 drops cinnamon oil
  • Optional: gold leaf, sparkles, etc.

HERE’S TODAY’S VIDEO – Cinnamon Candy Apples

Until next time… Namaste my friends

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Vintage Recipes: How to make an apple hedgehog (Victorian Recipe)

This week I’ve decided to continue highlighting my love of vintage cooking. Last week, I highlighted 18th century cooking. This week, I’m widening the scope, and focusing on the 19th and 20th century. Since it’s apple season, I’m going to focus on apple recipes.


 

Audley End House and Gardens, Walden, Essex UK

Today’s recipe is from English Heritage. You can find their youtube channel HERE.  English Heritage is a historical society in England that cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites.

The recipe is called an APPLE HEDGEHOG, prepared by the Victorian cook at the Audley End House, for the Lord and Lady and guests. This is a delicious and unique end to a wonderful meal.

HERE’S TODAY’S VIDEO – APPLE HEDGEHOG

Until next time… Namaste my friends

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Top 5 Online Resources for Free Vintage Cookbooks

I’m celebrating my interest in pioneer cooking and recipes this week. In addition to the 18th century recipe I’m posting each morning this week, I wanted to share some online resources I’ve discovered in my search for vintage cookbooks.

A few months ago, I began collecting vintage cookbooks, but very quickly found a slight problem, they are VERY EXPENSIVE. I turned to the internet to find online, ebook versions of these cookbooks. Many national libraries, and online search engines, such as Google Books, Archive.org and Project Gutenberg have gone to great lengths to scan these treasures into an ebook format for the masses to enjoy.

Below is a list of the five best free online libraries of vintage cookbooks. These  resources typically have a range of cookbooks, from pre-1700’s, sometimes earlier to 20th century vintage or antique books. I hope you enjoy! I’ll be choosing one of the early books to cook from in the near future!

 

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Vintage Cookbooks

This site contains a library of cookbooks from

pre-1800’s up through 1939.

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Feeding America

This site is The Historic American Cookbook Project from Michigan State University. They have cookbooks from 1798 through 1922. An absolutely amazing site.

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 Library of Congress Rare Books

& Special Collections

The Library of Congress has digitized versions of dozens of antique cookbooks dating back to the 1500’s up through the 1900’s. Definitely worth a look!

 

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Archive.org

This site is phenomenal.

The earliest book they have is from 1529 and also have books through the 1960’s.

 

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Google Books

This is probably the best resource, if you’re looking for vintage books, or any free online books. This is a link to Google Books advanced search. As long as you put in the correct search parameters, you should be able to find what you want.

Closing thoughts

There you have it. These are the sites I turn to when searching for vintage recipes and cookbooks. If you have one you’d like to add, let me know. I hope you enjoy looking through these as much as I do.

Until next time…Namaste my friends

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