History Theme Recipes

Historical recipes can help bring history into focus. Find a favorite to accompany any history lesson.

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Vinegar Pie I

Rating: 5 stars 5
This is a very old pie, probably invented by people who had little access to fresh supplies such as lemons or cream. Some say that it was the pioneer women who first thought up the idea. The lemon extract in this recipe is a my addition. The original recipe calls for regular vinegar which, for me, gives a bland pie. You can substitute apple cider vinegar, leaving out the lemon extract, for a very good taste. Be sure to let the pie crust cool before filling.

Pioneer Cut Dumplings from the 1800's

Rating: 4.5 stars 109
Pioneers didn't have much, but what they did have they made the best of. This is a cross between dumplings and noodles, uses only 4 ingredients and is a great comfort food. We have never modified it from the original recipe which has been passed in our family I think forever.

Depression Cake I

Rating: 4.5 stars 32
This was my mother's, it has sugar, but no eggs, no butter and no milk. It's from the Depression-era.

Tomato Cakes

Rating: 4 stars 65
Tasty and cheap, this is a recipe from the Great Depression. Excellent as a side dish for supper, or even a main dish for a light meal.