7 Forgotten Foods Found on Old Restaurant Menus

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As our tastes have changed, and so have menu offerings across North America. Here's a sampling of meals that you rarely—if ever—see dished out at today's luncheons or dinners.

1. FARINA SOUFFLE

We've eaten cake, ice cream, and chocolates, but few modern diners are likely to have savored farina souffle—a puffy dessert made from the same milled cereal grain that Cream of Wheat is made from—at an upscale establishment. However, on September 16, 1891, it was standard fare at the Windsor Hotel in Montreal.

2. BOILED OX-TONGUE WITH SAUCE PIQUANTE

In addition to beef, goose, duck, and turkey, meat lovers could have savored boiled ox-tongue with sauce piquante if they visited the Howard House in Malone, New York on December 25, 1899. Options for vegetarians included puree of chestnut with raw tomatoes or asparagus tips on toast. Both parties, however, would have likely enjoyed traditional English Apple Charlotte—a crust of buttered bread slices filled with caramelized apples.

3. CHOW-CHOW

"Chow Chow" is a pickled vegetable relish that is today considered to be a regional delicacy in the South. However, it was once a staple on restaurant menus across America. In 1901, it was enjoyed by patrons of the Pan-American Exhibition in Buffalo (the same exhibition where President William McKinley was assassinated).

4. FRICASSEE OF CALF'S FEET

Somewhere between a sauté and a stew, a fricassee of calf's feet would have consisted of, well, calf's feet, simmered in a thick white wine sauce. It was served to voyagers on the R.M.S. Lusitania on September 18, 1913, less than two years before the ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat in WWI.

5. MOCK TURTLE SOUP

Turtle was once a popular meat used in stews. If restaurants were short on the reptile or couldn't afford it, they would serve mock turtle soups, which were filled with other types of meat. Mock turtle soup was dished out at the Hotel William Penn on February 23, 1939.

6. BROILED CALVES' LIVER AND BACON

At the Hotel Rellim in Pass-A-Grille Beach, Florida, you could have celebrated New Year's Eve in 1944 with broiled calves' liver and bacon, hot essence of tomato, and a large fruit-and-nut-filled cake called a Lord Baltimore Cake.

7. ROAST PEACOCK

The Culinary Institute of America doesn't prepare just any old fowl recipe. At the 175th Meeting of the Wine and Food Society on April 14, 1969, they served a roast peacock. According to one 1950s recipe, peacock can be cooked like turkey, although its dry flesh requires lots of basting with butter.

Kodak’s New Cameras Don't Just Take Photos—They Also Print Them

Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
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Snapping a photo and immediately sharing it on social media is definitely convenient, but there’s still something so satisfying about having the printed photo—like you’re actually holding the memory in your hands. Kodak’s new STEP cameras now offer the best of both worlds.

As its name implies, the Kodak STEP Instant Print Digital Camera, available for $70 on Amazon, lets you take a picture and print it out on that very same device. Not only do you get to skip the irksome process of uploading photos to your computer and printing them on your bulky, non-portable printer (or worse yet, having to wait for your local pharmacy to print them for you), but you never need to bother with ink cartridges or toner, either. The Kodak STEP comes with special 2-inch-by-3-inch printing paper inlaid with color crystals that bring your image to life. There’s also an adhesive layer on the back, so you can easily stick your photos to laptop covers, scrapbooks, or whatever else could use a little adornment.

There's a 10-second self-timer, so you don't have to ask strangers to take your group photos.Kodak

For those of you who want to give your photos some added flair, you might like the Kodak STEP Touch, available for $130 from Amazon. It’s similar to the regular Kodak STEP, but the LCD touch screen allows you to edit your photos before you print them; you can also shoot short videos and even share your content straight to social media.

If you want to print photos from your smartphone gallery, there's the Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer. This portable $80 printer connects to any iOS or Android device with Bluetooth capabilities and can print whatever photos you send to it.

The Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer connects to an app that allows you to add filters and other effects to your photos. Kodak

All three Kodak STEP devices come with some of that magical printer paper, but you can order additional refills, too—a 20-sheet set costs $8 on Amazon.

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More Than 38,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Has Been Recalled

Beef-ware.
Beef-ware.
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Your lettuce-based summer salads are safe for the moment, but there are other products you should be careful about using these days: Certain brands of hand sanitizer, for example, have been recalled for containing methanol. And as Real Simple reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently recalled 38,406 pounds of ground beef.

When JBS Food Canada ULC shipped the beef over the border from its plant in Alberta, Canada, it somehow skirted the import reinspection process, so FSIS never verified that it met U.S. food safety standards. In other words, we don’t know if there’s anything wrong with it—and no reports of illness have been tied to it so far—but eating unapproved beef is simply not worth the risk.

The beef entered the country on July 13 as raw, frozen, boneless head meat products, and Balter Meat Company processed it into 80-pound boxes of ground beef. It was sent to holding locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina before heading to retailers that may not be specific to those four states. According to a press release, FSIS will post the list of retailers on its website after it confirms them.

In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to toss any ground beef with labels that match those here [PDF]. Keep an eye out for lot codes 2020A and 2030A, establishment number 11126, and use-or-freeze-by dates August 9 and August 10.

[h/t Real Simple]