What’s cooking for Thanksgiving Dinner in 1889 New Orleans?

on November 28, 2019

Since it’s Thanksgiving week, right now I’m thinking about FOOD—smoked turkey, oyster stuffing, and gravy; sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce; and, one of my very favorites, fluffy ambrosia.

My food thoughts made me wonder what Fanny Newcomb and her friends (and even her enemies, since Fanny is hunting down the Irish Channel Ripper in 1889 New Orleans) ate for Thanksgiving dinner. And then I wondered—since it was President Lincoln who officially proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a National Day of Thanksgiving—did New Orleanians actually celebrate Thanksgiving in the 1880s?

from Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management, c1888

Oh, yes they did. With morning church services and an evening family feast, New Orleanians joined the rest of the country in giving thanks.

And what a feast! The Picayune’s Creole Cook Book of 1901 provides a complete menu for Thanksgiving Day Dinner (or as the Creoles called it le Jour d’Action de Graces) for New Orleanians. If you look closely (because there are an amazing twenty-one courses), you’ll see that—just like today—turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce were served.

Interested in recreating some of these late 19th century dishes? Check out the online 1922 version of the The Picayune’s Creole Cook Book.

A Thanksglving Menu.

Menu Pour le Jour d’Action de Graces.

DINNER.

Oysters on Half Shell.

Cream of Asparagus Soup.

Spanish Olives. Celery. Mixed Pickles.

Radishes. Salted Almonds.

Baked Red Snapper a la Creole.

Mashed Potatoes.

Lamb Chops au Petit Pois.

Chicken Saute aux Champignons.

Cauliflower, Sauce Blanche.

Pineapple Fritters au Rhum.

Pates de Foies Gras.

Stuffed Tomatoes.

Turkey Stuffed With Chestnuts, Cranberry Sauce.

Endive Salad, French Dressing.

Pababotte a la Creole.

Plum Pudding, Hard or Brandy Sauce.

Pumpkin Pie.

Lemon Sherbet. Assorted Cakes.

Assorted Fruits. Assorted Nuts. Raisins.

Neufchatel.

Quince Marmalade. Crackers.

Cafe Noir.

 

Psst! Want a review copy of “Miss Evelyn Nesbit Presents”?

on November 21, 2019

Have you been dying to read–and review–my short story “Miss Evelyn Nesbit Presents”?

Good News! I have a few COMPLIMENTARY REVIEW COPIES of ME TOO SHORT STORIES: AN ANTHOLOGY, which I’ll be glad to snailmail to the first five people who send me a message through my contact form on this website.

You’ll have to be in the Continental US and I’ll have to ship Book Rate, but I can get you a copy of this crime fiction anthology really soon.

No reviews are required; but they are always appreciated!

Contact me by December 15th and you *may* receive a complimentary copy of short stories by Rona Bell, Julia Buckley, Diana Catt, Dayle A. Dermatis, Eve Fisher, Gin Gannon, C.C. Guthrie, Lynn Hesse, V.S. Kemanis, Madeline McEwen (Hi Maddy!),  Julia Pomeroy, Ann Rawson, Carole Sojka, and editor Elizabeth Zelvin.

Fanny Newcomb Book Birthday & KIndle Sale

on November 8, 2019

Yep, “Book Birthdays” are a real thing.


FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER came out on November 1st, 2017 and in Fanny’s honor, my publisher is hosting a $.99 sale on Kindle.

ALL. MONTH. LONG.

If you haven’t read FANNY NEWCOMB, or if you’ve worn out your Kindle copy already, or if you’d like to send a Kindle copy to a friend (or potential friend) of yours, NOW’S THE TIME!

 

November newsletter just around the corner…

on October 29, 2019

Despite the sad, sad, look of this 1920’s newsletter writer, my November newsletter has only happy, happy news.

You can sign up for my November newsletter on this very page.

Yes. It. Is.

on September 15, 2019

Yes, ME TOO SHORT STORIES: An Anthology–which includes my historic short story “Miss Evelyn Nesbit Presents”–is OUT and ABOUT!

Miss Evelyn Nesbit

And next week, in NYC, Mysterious Bookshop will be hosting a fabulous P-A-R-T-Y in the book’s honor.

Ana’s September Newsletter Announcement

on August 26, 2019

If you’re interested in getting news of what’s happening in historic New Orleans, what books are looking good to me, where I’ve been (& why), and my latest publications (hint: in September it’s “Miss Evelyn Nesbit Presents”), then sign up on my website!

Sign up is Right. Over. There.

Miss Evelyn Nesbit Presents…up for discussion!

on August 15, 2019

 

I’m so glad that you’re not tired of reading my posts about the soon-to-be-published ME TOO SHORT STORIES: An Anthology, which includes my historic short story “Miss Evelyn Nesbit Presents”.

You will have to wait until September 3rd for the book publication, but–good news!–the Book Club Discussion questions are already available on our METOOANTHOLOGY website.

If you’re searching for a ripe-for-discussion book for your 2019-2020 book club, please consider ME TOO SHORT STORIES: An Anthology!

AND…if you’re in the Bay Area and would like me to attend your book club event, or you’d like me to attend via Skype, contact me via my contact page.

Now Junior, Behave Yourself!

on July 31, 2019

As all y’all might know, I’m taking a break from writing about New Orleans (Hey Fanny! Hey Kate Chopin!) and I am writing a mystery set on the vaudeville stage in San Francisco 1919.

 

This NYT article about returning WWI soldiers is right in step with some of my on-going research.

Plus, the posters are so true to the times!