Purchasing Beef

Roasting - ribs, loin, rump and pin-bone. Second cut from thinnest side of ribs and sirloin are best pieces.

Broiling - loin, rump, skirt. Tenderloin and sirloin the best.

Boiling - round.

Stewing - round, brisket, etc.

Soup - shin, leg, neck, etc.

Broth - neck, round, etc.

Pot Roast

Pot roast calls for brisket or round and is one of the cheaper dishes of meat. Wipe the beef with a clean, wet cloth; sear by placing in a hot frying pan and turning until the entire surface is browned, then put in a kettle with not more than a cup of hot water; cover tightly and keep just below the boiling point. Do not let the meat boil dry, but add only enough water to keep it from burning. Cook until tender and add pared potatoes one half hour before it is done. Serve with brown sauce made from the fat in the pot.

Roast Beef With Yorkshire Pudding

2 cups flour 3 eggs

teaspoon salt 2 cups milk

Roast the beef as usual. Mix the flour with the salt; add the beaten eggs and the milk and stir until the batter is smooth. Pour into a shallow baking pan containing a little of the drippings from the roast beef. Let the batter be only one inch thick and bake from thirty to forty-five minutes, basting, after it is risen, with some of the fat from the pan in which the beef is roasting. Cut into squares and place it around the roast beef.

Beef A La Mode

5 pounds beef from the round

Lardoons of pork

Salt and pepper

Flour

Water

cup carrot cup onion cup turnip Bay leaf Sprig of parsley

Make eight or ten deep incisions in the meat and press into them lardoons of salt pork. Brown the meat in pork fat or drippings; season, dredge with flour and brown again. Raise the beef on a trivet, put in water to half cover it, and the vegetables sliced or cut into cubes, bay leaf and parsley. Cover closely and cook below the boiling point for about four hours. Remove meat to platter; surround with vegetables and make a brown sauce of the strained liquor.

Beef Terrapin

Shin of beef

Salt and red pepper

3 blades mace

pound butter

1 cup cream

1 heaping teaspoon flour

2 tablespoons currant jelly

Have the shin of beef sawed through the bone in three places; put it in a vessel over the fire; cover with boiling water and throw in a tablespoon of salt. Boil slowly until tender (three or four hours, adding more water if necessary. When the meat is done, remove and cool it, saving the broth for soup. Cut the cold meat into half-inch dice; add seasoning and butter and the flour well mixed with the cream. Bring to a boil, stir in the jelly and serve.

Planked Steak

Nearly all planking boards are now fitted out with steel rods or bars to hold the steak in place and grooves for the conservation of the gravy. Before using, heat the board very hot before the fire or in the oven, lay the steak on and fasten into place. Brush over with olive oil or melted butter; dust with salt and pepper and lay the plank in the broiler chamber of a gas range for at least fifteen minutes. Baste frequently and reverse the plank from time to time.

While the steak is cooking press fresh-boiled potatoes through a ricer; season with salt and pepper; add a little butter and cream; and beat with a fork until very light. When the steak is nearly done take the board from the oven; put the beaten potato into a pastry bag and force through the tube, rose fashion, at regular intervals along the edge of the steak on the board.

Between the potato roses make little mounds of cauliflower, mushrooms, spinach or onions. Return to the oven and allow them to brown delicately. Garnish with cress and send the steak to the table on the plank, setting it on a large platter or tray.