Food Friday: The Red Cross Cookbook

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We recently found out about this cookbook from the Aurora, ON Historical Society. It was compiled by the ladies of the Red Cross Society in Newmarket, ON to raise funds to purchase an ambulance that would be sent to the frontlines in France during World War I.  The women were very successful in their fundraising venture, raising enough money not only for an ambulance but to also send over a nurse.

The cookbook contains recipes for soups, meat, puddings, sauces, desserts, custards, creams, breads, biscuits and rolls. There are also recipes in the book to cure earaches and for hair curling liquid. Also included is a timetable for how long to cook certain items and a weight and measuring chart.

All the recipes were submitted by local women. The recipes selected for the book were chosen because they were economical for families.

This particular copy of the cookbook was discovered at the Hillary House in Aurora.

Here are some of the recipes from the book for you try out in your kitchen:

Corn Salad


  • 20 ears of corn
  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 4 bunches celery
  • 4 onions
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 4 cups vinegar

Boil till tender, and then add 2 cups sugar, ½ cup flour, ½ teaspoon turmeric, 2 oz. mustard.

Tomatoes en Surprise

Scoop the centre well out of the tomatoes. Take equal parts of cabbage and celery, with just a little onion and the tomatoes you have cut. Season with a little salt and mix with plenty of mayonnaise. Fill the tomatoes, set on ice until cold and serve on lettuce leaves.

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