In my paternal grandmother’s notebook she kept for her cook was the following recipe written in her hand. The notebook no doubt dates from the 20s’ and 30s’ since she died in 1941.
Ham Biscuit Ring
- Put through the food grinder (you can use a Cuisinart but don’t get the meat too fine) 1 lb cooked ham.
- Add ham to your favorite rich biscuit recipe, adding an extra teaspoon of baking powder to the mix.
- Bake in well-greased ring mold until done – in moderate oven (350)
- Turn out on hot platter and fill the center with hot buttered peas.
- Surround with peach halves filled with ground nut meats, brown sugar and butter having been glazed on a cookie sheet in the oven (375).
There was a canning company in my family until 1920. After her father’s death, my Grandmother (paternal) ran it with her uncle. But when he died and she had married my grandfather, the time had come to sell it.
The Company had a rich history. The Curtice Brothers, Simeon and Edwin, had a grocery store in Webster, NY near Lake Ontario. It was a prime growing area for fruits and “garden truck.” They made jams and jellies in their mother’s kitchen after hours. All of this led them to found a canning company in 1868. The headquarters was located in Rochester, NY but their produce came, in the main, from the Genesee Valley south of Rochester.
Their fastidiousness about freshness and quality led them to locate canning plants in the fields where produce could be captured and processed at the peak of freshness. They were pioneers in this approach.
Today, their advertisements, labels, jars and bottles are prime collectors items. Anything I have has been purchased on the internet since most records of the company did not survive.
Here is a little booklet published in 1908 “Original Menus” that includes suggestions for the use of Curtice Brothers products along with original recipes. Over time, I will reproduce some of the pages from this booklet. It is a gem.