Deadwood, Take Two

May 5, 2016

IMG_5367You were all so interested in the Pioneer Cookbook that I want to share a few more details from the Deadwood Centennial Cookbook. Together they weave a fascinating portrait of life on the frontier.

First, some old-fashioned vinegar making. Don’t worry; if you’re confused by one of the ingredients…


…this 1928 Farmers’ Bulletin from the U.S. Department of Agriculture has you covered:

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These “bees” were something you’d order by mail, as you would kefir grains. From the USDA’s tone, it seems they were possibly problematic.

And here’s a wonderful way to use up leftover rice. (Not exactly gluten-free….)


Finally, an amazing picture of the Wong family in Deadwood. I’m sorry to say that the book includes no recipes gleaned from the city’s Chinatown. IMG_5364




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  • Jane says:

    I love these old cookbooks. My sister and I collect them and both have a lot, according to my husband, way too many

  • How fascinating! I think old cookbooks are an often overlooked view into the daily lives of generations past. Heck even a church or community cookbook from the 1980’s is so different from today (all margarine all the time!).

    KK @preppycrocodile

  • Gerlinde says:

    I love these old cook books and I enjoyed watching watching Deadwood on TV.


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