Foods for Valentine’s Day: Hundred-Year-Old Suggestions

Source: Boston Cooking School Magazine (February, 1913)
Source: Boston Cooking School Magazine (February, 1913)

If you are planning a Valentine’s Day party you might like these “holiday spread” suggestions.

Come back on Sunday if you’d like to see the recipe for Valentine Salad. I’m going to make it, and I’ll let you know how it turned out.

31 thoughts on “Foods for Valentine’s Day: Hundred-Year-Old Suggestions

    1. Some things have changed for the better over the past hundred years. 🙂 Can you imagine using the box that baking powder came in as a sherbet mold today? Apparently people back then didn’t have real molds, and didn’t have any issues with re-purposing boxes that other foods came in.

      1. Oh, I see! Well, that’s rather clever, isn’t it? Better than having a cupboard full of moulds taking up space when they were only used for high days and holidays. I approve!

    1. I also was amazed by the number of choices. The heart-shaped little cakes would be my choice, too. (And, I pass on the “jellied chopped chicken, heart shapes.”)

  1. What a list!! Some of it sounds wonderful,and some not so much. 🙂 Ice cream or sherbets are so cute cut into heart shapes never hear of the box thing though.. I guess they wanted a square mold.

    1. This post makes me want to go out and buy some sherbet–though I’d pass of the box molds. I’d worry about the safety of re-purposing a box like this, but apparently people didn’t worry about that a hundred years ago.

    1. It sure was. I wonder how many of these foods a person typically would make for a party. I’m surprised how many of the suggestions were for various heart-shaped foods. Sometimes I’m amazed how the aesthetics of food presentation have change over the years.

  2. Looks very modern and sophisticated. I love the cream cheese suggestions. We all usually have cream cheese in the refrigerator. Some of these fillings would make a nice sandwich dinner. Love to you. GREAT job!!

  3. That’s pretty Southern sounding for being out of Boston. Pimento cheese — oh, yes. There’s nothing like a good, homemade pimento cheese. And I certainly remember cutting out bread for sandwiches with heart-shaped metal cookie cutters. There’s nothing like peanut butter and jelly on heart-shaped bread. (As a matter of fact, yes: I do still have that very cutter in the kitchen drawer. I ought to do something with it this year.)

    1. Valentine’s Day was a popular holiday a hundred years ago. Back then people exchanged cards, and school kids had parties. I can picture many of these foods being served at women’s club card parties or luncheons.

      A hundred years ago there were some beautiful and very intricate Valentine’s day cards. There also were ugly (vinegar) valentines that were sent anonymously to individuals who had annoyed the sender. You might enjoy a post I did several years ago– Valentines: The Good, the Bad, and the Horrid.

  4. How . . . intense! That’s a lot of trouble to do to for Valentine’s Day–way more than a heart-shaped box of chocolates! I had to go look up bar-le-duc–I’d never seen that phrase–it’s a kind of currant jelly!

    1. Perhaps it was regional. I grew up having lots of pimento cheese sandwiches made with white bread. These are some endeavors for Valentine’s Day. All I do is make heart shaped cookies from my grandmother’s tea cake recipe.

      1. Heart-shaped cookies from your grandmother’s tea cake recipe sounds absolutely wonderful. In fact, to me, they sound much better than many of the options on the list. 🙂

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