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Monday, April 18, 2011

The Journal Speaks

Reading through Mrs Egger's recipe/journal has been a lot of fun.  She started gluing in newspaper clipping in 1915 ...probably about the time she and Fred married. There is so much information in there...What to do in case of an accident like wounds, snake bite, stroke or paralysis (heaven forbid) lightening strike, fainting, burns and foreign bodies in the eye....oh, and drowning....that about covers it....YIKES.
There are kitchen weights and measures.   How to cure bacon and ham. How to color ones hair at home and so on.....after a while she just cut out info she wanted to save and used a straight pin or safety pin to hold the slips of paper together....it worked.
                                        Mrs Eggers Carmel Cookie Recipe
                         1/2 cup butter or lard
                         2 cups brown sugar
                         2 well beaten eggs
                         1 teaspoon soda dissolved in tablespoon water
                         3/4 cup coconut
                         1 teaspoon vanilla
                         Pinch of salt
                         1 teaspoon cream of tarter
                         3 cups of flour
Cream shortening and sugar.  Add eggs the the soda dissolved in water.  Sift cream of tarter with flour,  add to first four ingredients.  Then add coconut, salt and vanilla. Knead smooth, make into a neat roll.  Let stand in a cold place over night.  Next day slice rather thin and bake in medium oven. Do not try to shape the second day.
* I would bake at 350 o
* Mrs Egger made a note that recipe was 25 yrs old in approx 1915 (maybe her mother's ??)
I have not made these yet but I plan to try the recipe soon.  

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