Thursday, December 16, 2010

Old West Christmas Dinner

Thanks to the North Pole West, I thought it would be fun to share a few Wild West Christmas Dinner Menus. Show these to your guests and they won't complain about the food at your table!

Christmas Dinner Menu Camp Desolation,1848
Recorded by Thomas E. Breckenridge, member of Colonel John Fremonts 4th expedition west.

Fried Mule Mule Chops Boiled Mule Stewed Mule Scrambled Mule
Shirred Mule French Fried Mule Minced Mule
Damned Mule Mule on Toast(without toast)
Short ribs of Mule with Apple Sauce (without Apple Sauce)
Beverages: Snow Water
"It really makes no difference how our meat was cooked. It was still the same old mule".

Booth Family Christmas Dinner, Four Mile House, Denver, Colorado 1883

Stewed Oysters Boned Turkey Stuffed Ham
Mashed Potatoes Candied Sweet Potatoes
Fried Celery Turnips Beets
Gelatin with Fruit Nuts Plum Pudding
Baked Lemon Pudding Fruit Cake with candied oranges

Christmas Dinner Fort Custer, Montana
Troop G 1st US Cavalry 1889

Oyster Soup Macaroni Soup
Lobster Salad Franch Slaw Shrimp salad
Vegtables Roasted Potatoes Steamed Tomatoes
Chow Chow French Mustard Worchester Sauce Pickled Cucumbers
Pickled Onions Broiled Prairie Chicken Roast Porterhouse Beef, natural sauce
Venison, applesauce Pig Turkey w/cranberry sauce Oyster Dressing
Mince Pie Cranberry Pie Apple Pie
Preserved Peaches Preserved Pears Apples Raisens Nuts
Tea Coffee Chocolate

Christmas Dinner Fort Conger, Artic Circle
Greeley Expedition 1881

Mock Turtle Soup
Potatoes Green Corn Green Peas Asparagas
Roast Beef Fricassed Guillemot
Spiced Musk Ox Tongue Tenderloin of Musk Ox
Crab Salad
Ice Cream Grapes Cherries Pine-apples Coconut Pie Plum Pudding, wine sauce
Dates Figs Nuts
Candies Chocolate
Coffee Eggnogg

Wherever and however you celebrate this Holiday Season remember it's not the food that matters but the people--friends, family, neighbors--that you celebrate with!
Happy Holidays!

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Leigh Duncan said...

Mule? I'm so glad I didn't have Christmas at that house!
But seriously, you're absolutely right--it's the people you celebrate the season with that makes it special.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Marin, those were some interesting recipes. Can't say I'm high on the mule menu though. Ugh!

Marin Thomas said...

Leigh and Trish--thanks for stopping by the blog--I'm right there with you on the "mule" menu. Not a whole lot on any of the menus appealed ot me :-)

Estella said...

Don't think I would have been too happy with the mule.


Marin Thomas said...

Happy Holidays to you, too Estella! Thanks for supporting our blog!

Julie Hilton Steele said...

Love the recipes but love your book list for 2011 even more!

Happy Holidays to everyone,


Marin Thomas said...

Thanks for stopping by Julie! The entire American Romance line has some great books coming out next year--we're glad you enjoy our stories and all us authors appreciate your support!

Happy Holidays to you, too :-)

CC Coburn said...

Hi Marin, Loved those Christmas dinner menus! The one by Thomas Breckenridge really caught my eye as thats the town I live in in CO and it was on that very expedition the town was named after him, Thre was a story about him losing some mules and then himself and I think Fremon was mighty angry with him but still named the town after him!
All the best for Xmas foryou and yours!