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GEORGE: Here it is!
TEACHER: Correct. Now, class, who discovered America?
CLASS: George!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fairy Butter Recipe Dolly Madison


Fairy Butter


Fairy Butter
This recipe for a compound butter perfumed with orange-flower water was served at Dolley Madison's Wednesday "drawing rooms." The recipe is adapted from "The Presidents’ Cookbook" by Poppy Cannon and Patricia Brook (Funk & Wagnalls, 1968). Serve on toast, biscuits, scones, muffins or seed cakes. Or try on bread with ham or prosciutto.
Ingredients
Yolks of 2 hard-boiled eggs*
1tablespoon orange-flower water (or try rosewater)
1tablespoon powdered sugar
2 ounces (½ stick) butter, softened
Instructions
Using a mortar and pestle or a fork, mash the yolks. Add the orange-flower water and the powdered sugar and mash together until smooth.
Mash in the butter and then scrape the mixture into a fine-grained strainer and push the compound butter through. Scrape into a small serving bowl and smooth the top.
*For fully cooked yolks that still have a creamy texture, put the eggs in the water after it’s boiling and boil the eggs for 12 minutes.
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Dolley Madison served the familiar and the exotic at her Wednesday "drawing rooms." / Photos from Wikicommons
Dolley Madison, shown in a portrait by Gilbert Stuart,  served the familiar and the exotic at her Wednesday “drawing rooms.” / Photos from Wikicommons
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2 eggs, beaten
1 c. brown sugar, packed
1 c. white sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. molasses
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. vanilla
1 c. oil
2 c. flour
1 tsp. soda
1 c. chopped nuts
2 c. seedless raisins
2 c. quick oats
Do not blend or mix with electric mixer. Put all ingredients in a large bowl, blend well by hand. Drop by teaspoon on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
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1/2 lb. macaroni
1 tsp. butter
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. mustard
3 c. grated cheese, sharp
1 c. milk
Cook macaroni until tender, drain thoroughly. Stir in butter and egg. Mix mustard and salt with 1 tablespoon hot water and add to milk. Add cheese, leaving enough to sprinkle on top. Pour into buttered casserole; add milk, sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until custard is set and top is crust.
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2 c. flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1 c. sugar
3/4 c. milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1 stick or 1/2 c. butter
1 c. raisins
1 whole egg and 1 yolk

Mix flour, salt and baking powder together. Cut in butter with fork or blender until it is pea size. Stir in sugar and raisins.In another bowl mix milk and eggs, which have been well beaten. Add this to flour mixture; stir well, but do not beat. Pour into well-buttered loaf pan. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees or until toothpick inserted into bread comes out clean.
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