For today's excerpt I return to my most favorite household manuel: Curtis, Isabel Gordon. The Making of a Housewife. New York: Stokes, 1906. pp 156-157. If you ever get a chance to read this book I highly suggest it. The previous excerpt I posted can be found here. Enjoy!
THE CHRISTMAS GIFTS OF A COOK
"All Christmas presents? " asked Mrs. Griswold one evening when she entered the Kerrs' cosey sitting-room.
Margaret was pinning names upon jaunty sofa-pillows, delicate bits of embroidery, and other odds and ends.
"Yes, I 've nearly finished Christmas things. My list is full except for a few people who have been kind to us. I cannot spend much money, yet I want to remember Robert's stenographer and Copperfield, the book-keeper."
"Where do they live?"
"They board at the Ayres'."
"That isn't a genial place for Christmas. Take them a nice little plum pudding for dinner, piping hot, with a pitcher of brandy sauce. I have a fine old English recipe."
"That's a great idea," cried Margaret; " it suggests another. Why not make things to eat for people who would appreciate them, — people who board or do their own work, or live on bakery stuff?"
"I 'll join with you," said Mrs. Griswold, heartily. " I, too, have unremembered people on my list."
"What shall we make?"
"Let us jot down a list of eatables which can be transported picturesquely. Plum puddings with a sprig of holly tied to them, creamfilled ladylocks, candy, a box of pates, ready to be filled with creamed chicken or oysters, a cake, a pie, or a tumbler of mayonnaise."