“Seed White Grapes and Stuff with Cream Cheese”… and other insane recipes

May 24, 2017

Here’s another great old Seattle cookbook in the tradition of women-run aid societies. Choice Recipes by Seattle Women was written in 1924 as a fund-raiser to support the Fruit and Flower Mission.

It has a lovely dedication:

To those whose burden the Fruit and Flower Mission has assumed,  to those it has been privileged to serve,  to those receiving its ministrations that have brought health to their bodies, peace to their minds, and comfort to their souls.

The recipes themselves skew towards the fruits. (Less so the flowers, which were delivered to sick patients and the mentally ill.)

There’s an entire worldview in these brief recipes: 

Some nice old ads for stalls in Pike Place, today still one of this country’s great markets: 


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  • MaggieToo says:

    Banana balls reinserted into banana peels!! Yes! I think I have to do this.

    I wonder if this was dubbed “Sorority” salad as a winky little phallic joke.

    • Cheryl Knott says:

      Hah, I was thinking the same thing. I’d very carefully slice the skin so that I could put it back together again to make it just look like a whole banana sitting on a plate. What a hilarious food prank to serve to guests.
      I didn’t know what a french cutter is, but it sounds the same as a melon baller.