This section is from the book "Philadelphia Cook Book: A Manual Of Home Economies", by Sarah Tyson Heston Rorer. Also available from Amazon: Philadelphia Cook Book.
1 pound of powdered sugar Whites of four eggs 1/4 pound of butter
Yolks of six eggs Rind of one and juice of two lemons
Beat the yolks of the eggs, sugar, and butter together until very light; then add to them the whites, well beaten. Pour this into a farina boiler, and stir constantly over the fire until it thickens; then add the juice and rind of the lemons, and turn into an earthen vessel to cool.
Beat together a half-cup of sugar and a half-cup of butter until very light; then add one egg and beat again, add the juice and rind of one lemon, and stir the whole over the fire until it thickens and comes to a boil. Turn out to cool.
Boil two pounds of white sugar, a half-pint of water, and a half-teaspoonful of powdered sugar together for three minutes, after it begins to boil. Do not stir after the sugar is dissolved. Add three drops of oil of rose and three drops of oil of peppermint to one gill of alcohol; shake it well, and add a half-teaspoonful of it to the boiling syrup. Turn out to cool.
This, if carefully made, is a most perfect imitation of strained honey.
Warm the cream to a temperature of 56° or 58° Fahr., and it will churn in fifteen minutes. After the butter collects in the churn, take it out and stand it for a minute in a very cold place. Do not wash it, as in this way you rob it of certain elements necessary for its preservation. Work it continuously and thoroughly until all the buttermilk is out, adding two even teaspoonfuls of very fine salt to each pound of butter, after you have worked it about five minutes. Make it at once into prints, and stand away in a cool place.
Sprinkle them with tea-leaves; sweep thoroughly, but lightly. Rub all spots with a clean dry cloth. Grease spots may be drawn out by covering with a piece of coarse brown paper, and then passing over them a warm flat-iron. The paper, if soft, will absorb the grease.
Mix a quarter-pound of honey, a quarter-pound of soft soap, one gill of gin, and a pint of cold water together. Put the silk on a table or board, scrub it with this mixture, rubbing it in well; then rinse in clear soft water. Shake it as dry as you can; do not wring it. Hang it up by the edges, and, as soon as it is sufficiently dry, iron it on the wrong side.
A fluid for removing grease from silk and cloth may be made by mixing together a quarter-ounce of carbonate of ammonia, a quarter-ounce of fluid chloroform, a quarter-ounce of sulphuric ether, and one quart of distilled benzine. Bottle and cork. This, like all such mixtures, is very inflammable.
The perfume of flowers may be gathered in a very simple manner and without apparatus. Gather the flowers with as little stalk as possible and place them in a jar three parts full of almond or olive oil. After being in the oil twenty-four hours, put them into a coarse cloth, and squeeze the oil from them. Put this oil back into the jar and fill again with fresh flowers, and repeat the operation according to the strength of the perfume desired. The oil being thus thoroughly perfumed with the volatile principle of the flowers is to be mixed with an equal quantity of pure rectified spirits, and shaken every day for two weeks, when it may be poured off ready for use.