Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Flaxseed Lemonade

Pour one quart of boiling water over four tablespoonfuls of whole flaxseed and steep three hours. Strain and sweeten to taste, and add the juice of two lemons. Add a little more water if the liquid seems too thick. This is soothing in colds.

Mrs. Lincoln's Boston Cook Book, by Mary Johnson Bailey Lincoln, Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1884

Pie Crust Glaze

In making any pie which has a juicy mixture, the juice soaks unto the crust making it soggy and unfit to eat, to prevent this:

Beat an egg well and with a brush or bit of cloth, wet the crust of the pie with the beaten egg, just before you put in the pie mixture.

For pies which have a top crust also, wet the top with the same before baking, which gives it a beautiful yellow brown. It gives beauty also to biscuit, ginger cakes, and is just the thing for rusk by putting in a little sugar.

Dr. Chase's Recipes by Alvin Wood Chase, M.D., Ann Arbor, MI 1864