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Cloud City Cook-Book by Mrs. William H. Nash

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Cloud City Cook Book

by Mrs. William H. Nash

Leadville, Colorado Herald Democrat Steam Book and Job Printing House 1889


"Of making many books there is no end," said a wise man; but probably he had good cooks. There is a "place" for all things as well as a "time," and every hungry man knows the place for a good dinner. If the shortest road to man's heart is by way of his stomach, then the projectors of this little volume think they have struck it rich. So, like all other authors, we have written to meet a "long felt want." There are cook books and cook books, but who ever saw a cook book for "Cloud City"? It is a well established fact that in a high altitude the science culinary has its local and peculiar laws. It is commonly held that a different proportion of ingredients is necessary, as well as a different length of time. It is even claimed by some that more fuel is required here than in a lower altitude. Be this as it may, it is well established that the husband, who has recently brought his wife from the East, is not in healthy employment when he reminds her of the superior quality of his mother's cooking. He must wait until she has learned the new conditions in her new world. Without a scientific explanation of why the boiling point is reached at lower temperature here than at lower altitude, or whether this one fact accounts for the necessity of different proportions of ingredients in cookery, the Ladies of the Congregational Church gracefully bow themselves before the public with a genuine blessing to every family. Poor cooking is responsible for much of the wretched health of women and children, and much of the drinking habit among men. If, by gathering together in this little volume the wisest experience, wrought out in the peculiar conditions of this lofty altitude, we are able to bring peace and happiness to the home, our ambition shall have been amply satisfied.

Ladies Congregational Church.



Parboil the peas in saleratus water (one heaping teaspoon to kettle two thirds full of water), then wash well and put in to boil with a piece of salt pork. Season to taste, with salt and pepper, and onions previously fried in butter. Add dried bread crumbs just before serving. Mrs. C. H. Bailey.


One quart of tomatoes, or a two pound can of tomatoes, to which add one quart water, one half of a small onion sliced, a piece of butter the size of a hen's egg, in which rub a large tablespoon of flour, and boil slowly one hour. Just before serving, strain the soup and add one pint of scalded milk.


One pint of black beans, a small joint or shank of beef, a slice of salt pork. Soak the beans over night, drain off the water, and put them into the kettle with the meat, and cover with water. Boil about five hours; strain through the colander. Season with red pepper and a little wine. Add the yolks of three hard boiled eggs and slices of lemon. Mrs. Werner.


Boil a soup bone all day in plenty of water; strain it, add a little salt, and let it stand until the next day. In the morning, boil steadily until about an hour before dinner, when season to taste, and add one large onion, part of a carrot, little cabbage, one tomato, part of a turnip, one potato, all chopped very fine. Mrs. Hugh Parry.


Four large onions, cut up (not sliced), six ounces of butter, salt, cayenne, soup stock, with yolks of four eggs, one fourth of a loaf of bread cut in very thin slices and dried, two tablespoons of grated cheese. Slowly stir the onions in the butter one hour, stirring frequently, being very careful not to brown; add salt, pepper, cayenne and stock, and cook one hour longer. Add one third as much stock. Have in the tureen the bread and cheese. Beat up the eggs with a ladle full of soup; pour this on the bread, cover close, and stand five minutes... Continue reading book >>

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