This menu for a traditional Easter Sunday dinner is from The American Family Reciept Book, by Annie R. Gregory (Assisted by One Thousand Housekeepers). Published in the early 1900s, it gives some historical insight into the Easter holiday traditions of early 20th century America and makes a reference to the White House Easter Egg Roll. You an enter a lottery for a chance to participate in the 2012 event at http://www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll
“Resurrection is the silver lining to the dark clouds of death, and we know the sun is shining beyond.”
Easter brings joy to the festival. Let the table decorations be fresh and dainty. The dominant dish should be eggs–eggs and eggs, over again.
In pagan days, the use of eggs in the spring was symbolical of nature–”the bursting forth of life.” With the Christians, it symbolizes the resurrection: “From death–Life.” The free use of eggs on Easter has now generally become a custom with all Nations, whether that nation acknowledges its religious significance or not.
White and green are the most appropriate colors for decoration. White china and pure white linen, with Easter lilies for a centerpiece, make an ideal looking table. Hard-boiled eggs sliced crosswise, make pretty garnishings for the different dishes. On this special day, for breakfast, let the eggs be cooked to order as best pleases each individual fancy. This privilege will be greatly appreciated, especially by the little folks, who like innovations.
Editor’s Note: If I’m asked, I’ll take the Rum Omelet (also from this book)
Make a very soft sweet omelet; when on the dish pour over some rum and sugar, send it to the table and then have it set on fire, basting frequently to keep it alight.
Grape Nut and Cream
Eggs “to order”
Hashed Potatoes, in Cream
Griddle Cakes and Maple Syrup
Consomme, with Egg-Balls
Roast Lamb and Mint Sauce
Greens, with Hard-Boiled Eggs
Egg and Watercres Salad
Strawberry Ice Cream
Eggs, in Jelly
It is a pretty custom to exchange souvenirs on Easter mornings. The candy rabbit and bonbon box of speckled eggs, fill quite a place in the boy’s heart and help him remember happily the day.
A pretty custom in my childhood was the rolling of the colored eggs out of doors on the day following Easter. I am told that this custom is now quite modern–that the children in our Capital city all repair to the White House grounds to roll their eggs, and that our Presidents, as well as the wee folks, enjoy the sport. Long live the Presidents!
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