Dessert Children (No, That Is Not A Typo)

0903151212-1I collect antique and vintage cookbooks. They offer a unique window into a particular time and show the changing nature of culture and palates. In the spirit of the popular Throw Back Thursday, I present an excerpt from “Greenfield, Massachusetts Favorite Recipes” compiled by The North Parish Woman’s Club of The First Congregational Church.

As there is no date, I had to do some sleuthing based on the recipes and an advertisement for Greenfield Co-operative Bank, which helpfully listed the current President, Vice President, and Treasurer. Eugene L. Bond, Lawrence A. Comins, and Herbert J. Smith filled the positions. I was then able to locate the Annual Report for the Commissioner of Banks on the site Internet Archive, which I highly recommend. The names and positions correspond with the 1959 Board, which allows us to place the printing of the cookbook around 1959-1960.

Now, onto the recipe for preserving children, which appears in the section labeled “Desserts”. The text is below for your reading convenience.  I also included a photograph of the original.

Preserved Children
Take 1 large field, half a dozen children, 2 or 3 small dogs, a pinch of brook and some pebbles. Mix the children and dogs well together; put them on the field, stirring constantly. Pour the brook over the pebbles; sprinkle the field with flowers; spread over all a deep blue sky and bake in the sun. When brown, set away to cool in the bath tub.

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s trip back in time.  As always, feel free to comment or offer suggestions for topics that you would like to see.  Please come back and visit soon!


2 thoughts on “Dessert Children (No, That Is Not A Typo)

  1. I love the recipe… I think that more people need to start this practice of preserving children (except maybe adding in some sunscreen to prevent over-browning?)! Except many are likely limited in their access to such things, due to population growth and urban sprawl. As the lovely Joni Mitchell once said, “They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot.”


    • I am glad that you enjoyed the recipe. It is a bit of timeless advice, but I agree with your suggestion for adding some sunscreen. On the same page of the book, there is a recipe for preserving a husband. Sadly, it dates itself and is a bit cringe-worthy. However, if there is interest, I would be glad to post it in another TBT post.


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