Old-fashioned Celery Chowder Recipe

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Wednesday, January 29, 1913: <<no entry>>


Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

This is one of the few days between January, 1911 and December, 1914 when Grandma wrote nothing. The previous day she wrote that a friend, Margaret G., was visiting and planned to stay overnight. Maybe the girls stayed up all night talking and Grandma was too tired to write anything.

Since there’s no diary entry to guide the direction this post takes, I’ll share a recipe for an old-time winter food—Celery Chowder.

It’s an excellent celery soup and I make it one or twice each winter.

 Old-fashioned Celery Chowder

1 tablespoon butter

1 large onion, chopped

3 cups celery, chopped

2 medium potatoes, diced


4 cups milk

2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Melt butter in large saucepan; add onion and cook until tender. Add chopped celery and potatoes; just barely cover with water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat; then simmer (15-20 minutes) until vegetables are soft. Add milk and chopped eggs; season with salt and pepper. Reheat until hot; serve.

16 Responses

  1. First!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sorry…couldn’t help myself…*face of shame*

  2. YUMMM… totally new recipe, for me, and just gotta give it a go! :-) Thanks Sheryl…

  3. sounds yummy! I love hearing from your grandmas diary, it’s funny to think of them chatting all night, us girls know how to do that alright! xx

  4. That recipe sounds delicious – perfect for a cold night!

  5. Going to make this weekend!

  6. So happy Grandma had a chance to have some fun – if she and her friend were giggling all night her parents were probably tired, too. :)

  7. Thanks for sharing. There’s nothing like a good hot soup in winter.

  8. Sheryl, this sounds delicious. And I like your conjecture about why your Grandma didn’t write that day.

  9. That soup looks great, I have never seen egg in soup except for egg drop! yummy!

    • Several old “Pennsylvania Dutch” soups include egg. Chicken corn chowder is a popular soup in central Pennsylvania that is often served a community festivals and it often includes hard boiled egg.

  10. Eggs were probably plentiful and added a bit of protein. The soup sounds tasty.

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  12. […] then again, Margaret might refer to another friend, Margaret G. On January 29, 1913 Grandma […]

  13. […] a delicious old-fashioned celery chowder.  It’s a milky, homestyle kind of soup, just right for those of us who like to congregate at […]

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