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Posted November 24, 2020 in Digital Access
Digital Collections Spotlight #13: Recipe Notebook
By Jonathan Ennis, digital archivist
As part of an ongoing series of posts, we’re highlighting different collections and items from the Moravian Archives, Bethlehem, that have been digitized and are accessible online. Check out our earlier posts in this series at https://www.moravianchurcharchives.org/digital-access/.
As Thanksgiving is quickly approaching it seems an appropriate time to highlight an interesting item from our collection, a series of recipes collected by a resident of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in the early 20th century. These recipes were handwritten, some in a notebook and others on loose paper, and several of the recipes recorded in the notebook are identified as having been copied from a 1929 cookbook titled Meals for Small Families by Jean Mowat. A letter included in the notebook identifies the owner as “Elsie” and while not proven it has been suggested that this may be Elizabeth Lehman Myers (1843-1932), who was born in Bethlehem and worked for both the city and the Moravian Seminary and College for Women as a historian. Here we have transcribed two of the recipes included, a seasonally appropriate meal involving turkey and a dessert, specifically a type of nougat. If anyone feels inspired to try these please let us know and send a photo!
¹Savory is an herb related to mint
Grind the fruits and nuts together, add enough of the lemon juice to form this paste into nougat shape.
Place in the freezing compartment of the icebox (or freezer) for 1 hour.