Fannie Farmer is famous for her classic 1896 cookbook, which was the first to present recipes with standardized measurements.  This revolutionized the art of cooking, making it into a science and leading Miss Fannie to a successful career that included her own Boston Cooking School and a string of articles and cookbooks.

Her 1896 cookbook includes the following menu for Christmas dinner:  

Dressed Lettuce with Cheese Straws
English Plum Pudding        
Brandy Sauce
Frozen Pudding    
Assorted Cake    
Bonbons
Crackers    
Cheese      
Cafe Noir

Consommé                
Bread Sticks
Olives      
Celery      
Salted Pecans
Roast Goose    
Potato Stuffing  
Applesauce
Duchess Potatoes        
Cream of Lima Beans
Chicken Croquettes with Green Peas

So, how does this compare to your menu today? If you'd like to try one of these recipes yourself, you can find her cookbook online.  Yes, it's still in print!

Introduce your daughter to Fannie's story with the wonderful picture book Fannie in the Kitchen written by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Nancy Carpenter.

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