17 thoughts on “1922 St. Patrick’s Day Menu

    1. I’ve also thought that it would be a lot of work to make the foods for a complex menu like this one – though my sense is that people were much more likely to host luncheons back then than what they are now.

  1. Cream of lettuce soup sounds awful! I always make corned beef and cabbage with boiled potatoes – has to taste better than the 1922 menu! (and yes I’m in green as is Sparky)

    1. On Thursday I also had green on. I had to dig a green shirt out of a drawer where I store cloths that I seldom wear – but it worked perfectly for St. Patrick’s day. I’m making corned beef tomorrow. I bought one that was on sale today at the store. I should have bought it prior to St. Patrick’s Day – but I like the price better now. 🙂

      I actually made a hundred-year-old recipe for lettuce soup several years ago. It tasted better than you might think. Here’s the link:

      Lettuce Soup with Egg Balls

        1. I think that we’ve lost something over the years. Even though it takes time to do a nice presentation of food, it helps facilitate an enjoyable gathering.

  2. A couple of minor notes, this was a luncheon, of course, not a dinner, but St. Patrick’s Day in 1922 was on a Friday. That matters, as for Irish Catholics, it was a “meatless” day, unless their local Bishop had given a dispensation (which was common where there were large Irish populations). Given that, absent a dispensation, no corned beef or bacon or other meats associated with this day, where as seafood would be okay.

    1. Wow, I learn so much from you and other readers. Thanks for the info. The menu makes more sense now that I know the context. I thought it seemed a bit unusual that there was no corned beef – but then thought that maybe corned beef was less of a tradition a hundred years ago than it is npw. I never thought about St. Patrick’s Day being on a Friday that year.

      1. I don’t think corned beef is popular with the Irish in Ireland, so it’s an Irish American thing. I do like it, and we always have roasted corned beef if we can, which isn’t the way people used to prepare it.

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