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Calves Feet Jelly

“FRESH CALVES FEET JELLY. Scald, take off the hair, and wash very clean four feet ; put them into a saucepan with two quarts of cold water, and when it comes to a boil let them simmer for six or seven hours; take out the feet, and strain the liquor into a deep dish. The […]

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Cherry Layer Cake, vintage receipt

From Miss A Nichols Allegan, Mich Cherry Layer Cake 2 cups of flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 tablespoon butter pinch of salt 1 cup canned cherries without the juice [reserve juice for frosting] 2 eggs 2/3 cup water Bake in layers Icing: 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup water cup 1/2 cup cherry juice boil […]

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The Trouble With the Irish Help

I am aware that it is the fashion with many ladies to disparage Irish domestics, to call them stupid, ignorant, imprudent,¬†ungrateful, the plagues of housekeeping. That they are ignorant is true enough ; it does require skill, patience, and judgment, to teach a raw Irish girl how to perform the work in a gentleman’s family […]

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Reading, Bibles, and The Philippines

  Davao City has no public libraries. I don’t know if the public schools have libraries or not.¬† I have been told by more than one Filipino that Filipinos do not typically like to read. While I do know several for whom that is not true, they are among those telling me that it’s not […]

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The Story of the Sword of Damocles

How the story goes: In Ancient Greece the tyrant Dionysius reigned. He was wealthy and powerful beyond imagining. Once one of his courtiers, Damocles, was flattering the king about his wealth and power, and Damocles said if he could live like Dionysius for even one day, he would be happy. So Dionysius made arrangements for […]

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