"See that your kitchen fire be bright, And your hands be neat and skilled: For the love of man oft takes its flight If his stomach be not well filled."
Take the tender stalks, strip off the skin and cut in small pieces, put them in a stew pan with just a little water and stew until soft. If there is too much water drain it off, add sugar to taste. Beat 2 eggs very light and stir them into enough rhubard to fill one pie plate. Bake in an under crust, use the whites to frost the top. The stewed rhubarb makes a nice sauce for supper.
Stew peaches until tender, mash fine and add for two pies ½ teacup sweet cream, 1 teacup sugar, bake with two crusts, or omit cream and add ½ teacup boiling water and butter size of hickorynut.
For one pie peel and slice green tomatoes, add 4 tablespoons sugar, flavor with nutmeg or cinnamon, nutmeg is the best. Bake with two crusts slowly. This tastes very much like green apple pie.
One quart pumpkin, 4 eggs, 1 gill molasses, 4 ounces sugar, 2 ounces butter, 2 teaspoons ginger, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon, each, nutmeg and salt.
One large orange and ½ of a lemon, 1 cup sugar, butter size of walnut, 2 tablespoons corn starch, 4 eggs, ½ cup of milk. Put milk and 1 cup boiling water in double boiler, then grate the yellow part of orange, squeeze juice into a bowl and lemon juice also, then put the orange and lemon in another bowl and pour 1 cup boiling water over and let stand until you beat the 4 yolks and whites of 1 with the butter, sugar and starch, then add the juice and grated rind and the water from the orange and lemon, a pinch of salt, then pour into the boiling milk and water, stirring all the time until well cooked. Bake shell, put in mixture and add whites of eggs whipped stiff with a little orange flavor and powdered sugar to top off pie. Brown in oven.
One cup molasses, 1 cup water, spice to suit taste, 1 teaspoon soda, for crumbs, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup lard and butter, 4 cups flour, mix in crumbs and bake in four pans.
One pint milk, yolks of 2 eggs, 2 tablespoons corn starch, 3 tablespoons sugar; wet the starch with a little cold milk, beat the yolks and sugar together and add to the boiling milk, add a lump butter and flavor. Take whites of 2 eggs for frosting. Bake your crust, then add this mixture, then frost.
Three cups white sugar, ¾ cup butter, 4 well-beaten eggs, mix well together and bake with lower crust. The above will make two pies.
Take 1 quart flour, 4 tablespoons melted lard, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons baking powder; mixed as for biscuits, with either sweet milk or water, roll thin and line pudding dish or dripping pan, nine by eighteen inches; mix 3 tablespoons flour and 2 of sugar together and sprinkle over the crust; then pour in 3 pints canned damson plums and sprinkle over them 1 coffee-cup sugar; wet edges with a little flour and water mixed, put on upper crust, press the two edges together, make two openings by cutting two incisions at right angles an inch in length, and bake in a quick oven half an hour. Peaches, apples or any kind of fresh or canned fruit can be made in the same way.