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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cookbook Wednesday; Aspic And Old Lace

Aspic and Old Lace
Tomorrow the state of Indiana will be celebrating its admittance to the United States in 1816 as the 19th state of the union. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate both Indiana’s anniversary and Cookbook Wednesday than with one of my very best favorite cookbooks; Aspic and Old Lace. If you enjoy reading cookbooks like I do, you will LOVE this book. Aspic and Old Lace: Ten Decades of Cooking, Fashion, and Social History, which was published in 1987 by the Northern Indiana Historical Society in celebration of its 120th anniversary, is a true labor of love!
Indiana Historical Society
The Northern Indiana Center for History is the headquarters of the Northern Indiana Historical Society, the second-oldest historical society in Indiana, which was established in 1867 to collect and interpret the history of the northern Indiana region by St. Joseph County's leading citizens. The history museum occupies several buildings and includes areas dedicated to the history of the St. Joseph River Valley, the University of Notre Dame, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, and the Kidsfirst Children's Museum. The Studebaker National Museum, which holds a large collection of wagons and automobiles from the 150-year history of the Studebaker Corporation, is adjacent to the Northern Indiana Center for History. The former South Bend mansion of Clement Studebaker, named Tippecanoe Place, is now a restaurant.
I should warn you, this post may be a bit graphic intensive:) I just couldn’t help myself. I really wanted you to get a taste of all this book’s offerings. Not only does this cookbook offer a glimpse into the heritage of the St. Joseph River Valley Region of Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan with recipes but also with reflections of fashions, vintage advertisements, photographs and so much more. Many of the recipes include personal narratives from those who contributed the recipes. But, I’m getting ahead of myself, first take a look at the table of contents.
Aspic And Old Lace | Indiana Cookbook
I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of time and energy that went into compiling all 194 pages of this book. I would love to show you each and every page but we know that’s not going to happen. Instead I’ve chosen to start at the beginning in 1870. Enjoy:)
Mrs. Schuyler Colfax
Aspic And Old Lace | Indiana Cookbook | 1870s recipes
Now for some festive recipes and household hints from the 1870s:)

Hot Water GingerbreadHousehold Links
Speeding right along, now we have a selection from the 1960s. I’m telling you, if you ever see this book reasonably priced, buy it! If not for the recipes but for the wealth of information it has bound within. I probably should have scanned a few Studebaker recipes for you car fans out there. Maybe next time:) Enjoy the 60s:)
Aspic And Old Lace | Indiana Cookbook
I couldn’t decide if wanted to share 60s recipes or 50s recipes so, I chose one of each!
Christmas Casserole Cookies
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Resources
1. Don't Miss the Northern Indiana Center for History in South Bend, Indiana (a blogger shares a recent visit)