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Chapter XXXV. 
THE chafing-dish, which, within the last few years, has gained so much favor, is by no means a utensil of modern invention. It finds its place on the breakfast table, when the eggs may be cooked to suit the most fastidious; on the luncheon table, when a dainty hot dish may be prepared to serve in place of the so-oft-seen cold meat; but it is made of greatest use for the cooking of late suppers, and always seems to accompany hospitality and good cheer.   1
  It is appreciated and enjoyed by the housekeeper who does her own work, or has but one maid, as well as by the society girl who, by its use, first gains a taste for the art of cooking. The simple tin chafing-dishes may be bought for as small a sum as ninety cents, while the elaborate silver ones command as high a price as one hundred dollars. Very attractive dishes are made of granite ware, nickel, or copper. The latest patterns have the lamp with a screw adjustment to regulate the flame, and a metal tray on which to set dish, that it may be moved if necessary while hot, without danger of burnt fingers, and that it may not injure the polished table.   2
  A chafing-dish has two pans, the under one for holding hot water, the upper one with long handle for holding food to be cooked. A blazer differs from a chafing-dish, inasmuch as it has no hot-water pan.   3
  Wood alcohol, which is much lower in price than high-proof spirits, is generally used in chafing-dishes.   4
  List of dishes previously given that may be prepared on the Chafing-Dish:—
German ToastButtered Lobster
Dropped EggsCreamed Lobster
Eggs à la FinnoiseBroiled Meat Cakes
Eggs à la SuisseSalmi of Lamb
Scrambled EggsCreamed Sweetbreads
Scrambled Eggs with Tomato SauceSautéd Sweetbreads
Chickens’ Livers with Madeira Sauce
Scrambled Eggs with Anchovy ToastChickens’ Livers with Curry
Buttered Eggs
Buttered Eggs with TomatoesSautéd Chickens’ Livers
Creamed Chicken
Curried EggsChicken and Oysters à la Métropole
French Omelet
Spanish OmeletStewed Mushrooms
Creamed FishSautéd Mushrooms
Halibut à la RarebitMushrooms à la Sabine
Creamed OystersSoufflé au Rhum
Scrambled Eggs with Sweetbreads
4 eggs1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt1 sweetbread, parboiled and cut in dice
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons butter

  Beat eggs slightly, using a silver folk, add salt, pepper, milk, and sweetbread. Put butter in hot chafing-dish; when melted, pour in the mixture. Cook until of creamy consistency, constantly stirring and scraping from bottom of the pan.   7
Scrambled Eggs with Calf’s Brains
Follow recipe for Scrambled Eggs with Sweetbreads, using calf’s brains in place of sweetbreads.

  To Prepare Calf’s Brains. Soak one hour in cold water to cover. Remove membrane, and parboil twenty minutes in boiling, salted, acidulated water. Drain, put in cold water; as soon as cold, drain again, and separate in small pieces.   9
Cheese Omelet
2 eggs1/8 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon melted butterFew grains cayenne
1 tablespoon grated cheese
Beat eggs slightly, add one-half teaspoon melted butter, salt, cayenne, and cheese. Melt remaining butter, add mixture, and cook until firm, without stirring. Roll, and sprinkle with grated cheese. Serve with Graham bread sandwiches.

Eggs au Beurre Noir
Salt4 eggs
1 teaspoon vinegar
Put one tablespoon butter in a hot chafing-dish; when melted, slip in carefully four eggs, one at a time. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook until whites are firm. Remove to a hot platter, care being taken not to break yolks. In same dish brown two tablespoons butter, add vinegar, and pour over eggs.

Eggs à la Caracas
2 ozs. smoked dried beefFew grains cinnamon
1 cup tomatoesFew grains cayenne
1/4 cup grated cheese2 tablespoons butter
Few drops onion juice3 eggs
Pick over beef and chop finely, add tomatoes, cheese, onion juice, cinnamon, and cayenne. Melt butter, add mixture, and when heated, add eggs well beaten. Cook until eggs are of creamy consistency, stirring and scraping from bottom of pan.

Union Grill
Clean one pint of oysters and drain off all the liquor possible. Put oysters in chafing-dish, and as liquor flows from oysters, remove with a spoon, and so continue until oysters are plump. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and add two tablespoons butter. Serve on zephyrettes.

Oysters à la D’Uxelles
1 pint oysters1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chopped mushrooms1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Few grains cayenne
2 tablespoons butter1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons flour1 tablespoon Sherry wine
Clean oysters, heat to boiling-point, and drain. Reserve liquor and strain through double thickness of cheese-cloth; there should be three-fourths cup. Cook butter and mushrooms five minutes, add flour, and oyster liquor gradually; then cook three minutes. Add seasonings, oysters, egg, and Sherry wine. Serve on zephyrettes or pieces of toasted bread.

Oysters à la Thorndike
1 pint oystersFew grains cayenne
2 tablespoons butterSlight grating nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 cup thin cream
Yolks 2 eggs
Clean and drain oysters. Melt butter, add oysters, and cook until oysters are plump. Then add seasonings, cream, and egg yolks slightly beaten. Cook until sauce is slightly thickened, stirring constantly. Serve on zephyrettes or pieces of toasted bread.

Jack’s Oyster Ragout
Parboil fresh honeycomb tripe, and cut in three-fourths inch pieces; there should be one cup. Add an equal quantity of small boiled onions, and twice the quantity of raw oysters which have been previously cleaned. Melt three tablespoons butter, add four tablespoons flour, and pour on gradually while stirring constantly one and one-half cups thin cream. Add tripe, onion, and oysters. When thoroughly heated add yolks two eggs slightly beaten, and season highly with salt, pepper, and paprika. Serve on pieces toasted bread.

Lobster à la Delmonico
2 lb. lobsterFew grains cayenne
1/4 cup butterSlight grating nutmeg
3/4 tablespoons flour1 cup thin cream
1/2 teaspoon saltYolks 2 eggs
2 tablespoons Sherry wine
Remove lobster meat from shell and cut in small cubes. Melt butter, add flour, seasonings, and cream gradually. Add lobster, and when heated, add egg yolks and wine.

Lobster à la Newburg
2 lb. lobsterSlight grating nutmeg
1/4 cup butter1 tablespoon Sherry
1/2 teaspoon salt1 tablespoon brandy
Few grains cayenne1/3 cup thin cream
Yolks 2 eggs
Remove lobster meat from shell and cut in slices. Melt butter, add lobster, and cook three minutes. Add seasonings and wine, cook one minute, then add cream and yolks of eggs slightly beaten. Stir until thickened. Serve with toast or Puff Paste Points.

Clams à la Newburg
1 pint clams3 tablespoons Sherry or Madeira wine
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 cup thin cream
Few grains cayenneYolks 3 eggs
Clean clams, remove soft parts, and finely chop hard parts. Melt butter, add chopped clams, seasonings, and wine. Cook eight minutes, add soft part on clams, and cream. Cook two minutes, then add egg yolks slightly beaten, diluted with some of the hot sauce.

Shrimps à la Newburg
1 pint shrimps1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons butter1 teaspoon flour
1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 cup cream
Few grains cayenneYolks 2 eggs
2 tablespoons Sherry wine
Clean shrimps and cook three minutes in two tablespoons butter. Add salt, cayenne, and lemon juice, and cook one minute. Remove shrimps, and put remaining butter in chafing-dish, add flour and cream; when thickened, add yolks of eggs slightly beaten, shrimps, and wine. Serve with toast or Puff Paste Points.

Fish à la Provenoale
1/4 cup butterYolks 4 “hard-boiled” eggs
21/2 tablespoons flour1 teaspoon Anchovy sauce
2 cups milk2 cups cold boiled flaked fish
Make a sauce of butter, flour, and milk. Mash yolks of eggs and mix with Anchovy sauce, add to sauce, then add fish. Serve as soon as heated. Serve on pieces of toasted Graham bread.

Grilled Sardines
Drain twelve sardines and cook in a chafing-dish until heated, turning frequently. Place on small oblong pieces of dry toast, and serve with Maître d’Hôtel or Lemon Butter.

Sardines with Anchovy Sauce
Drain twelve sardines and cook in a chafing-dish until heated, turning frequently. Remove from chafing-dish. Make one cup Brown Sauce with one and one-half tablespoons sardine oil, two tablespoons flour, and one cup Brown Stock. Season with Anchovy sauce. Reheat sardines in sauce. Serve with Brown Bread Sandwiches, having a slice of cucumber marinated with French Dressing between slices of bread.

Creamed Sardines
Drain from oil one small box sardines, remove backbones from fish, then mash. Melt one-fourth cup butter, add one-fourth cup soft stale bread crumbs, and one cup cream. When thoroughly heated add two “hard-boiled” eggs finely chopped, the sardines, salt, pepper, and paprika to taste. Serve on pieces of toasted bread.

Welsh Rarebit I
1 tablespoon butter1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon corn-starch1/4 teaspoon mustard
1/2 cup thin creamFew grains cayenne
1/2 lb. soft mild cheese cut in small piecesToast or wafer crackers
Melt butter, add corn-starch, and stir until well mixed, then add cream gradually, while stirring constantly, and cook two minutes. Add cheese, and stir until cheese is melted. Season, and serve on wafer crackers or bread toasted on one side, rarebit being poured over untoasted side. Much of the success of a rarebit depends upon the quality of the cheese. A rarebit should be smooth and of a creamy consistency, never stringy.

Welsh Rarebit II
1 tablespoon butter1/4 teaspoon mustard
1/2 lb. soft mild cheese, cut in small piecesFew grains cayenne
1/3 to 1/2 cup ale or lager beer
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
Put butter in chafing-dish, and when melted, add cheese and seasonings; as cheese melts, add ale gradually, while stirring constantly; then egg slightly beaten. Serve same as Welsh Rarebit I.

Oyster Rarebit
1 cup oysters1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butterFew grains cayenne
1/2 lb. soft mild cheese, cut in small pieces2 eggs
Clean, parboil, and drain oysters, reserving liquor; then remove and discard tough muscle. Melt butter, add cheese and seasonings; as cheese melts, add gradually oyster liquor, and eggs slightly beaten. As soon as mixture is smooth, add soft part of oysters. Serve on unsweetened wafer crackers or bread toasted on one side, rarebit being poured over untoasted side.

Tomato Rarebit
2 tablespoons butter/??/ teaspoon soda
2 tablespoons flour2 cups finely cut cheese
3/4 cup thin cream2 eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 cup stewed and strained tomatoesSalt
Put butter in chafing-dish; when melted, add flour. Pour on, gradually, cream, and as soon as mixture thickens add tomatoes mixed with soda; then add cheese, eggs, and seasonings to taste. Serve, as soon as cheese has melted, on Graham Toast.

English Monkey
1 cup stale bread crumbs1/2 cup soft mild cheese, cut in small pieces
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
Few grains cayenne
Soak bread crumbs fifteen minutes in milk. Melt butter, add cheese, and when cheese has melted, add soaked crumbs, egg slightly beaten, and seasonings. Cook three minutes, and pour over toasted crackers which have been spread sparingly with butter.

Breaded Tongue with Tomato Sauce
Cut cold boiled corned tongue in slices one-third inch thick. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, dip in egg and crumbs, and saute in butter. Serve with Tomato Sauce I.

Scotch Woodcock
4 "hard-boiled" eggs1 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter1/4 teaspoon salt
11/2 tablespoons flourFew grains cayenne
Anchovy sauce
Make a thin white sauce of butter, flour, milk, and seasonings; add eggs finely chopped, and season with Anchovy sauce. Serve same as Welsh Rarebit I.

Shredded Ham with Currant Jelly Sauce
1/2 tablespoon butterFew grains cayenne
1/3 cup currant jelly1/4 cup Sherry wine
1 cup cold cooked ham, cut in small strips
Put butter and currant jelly into the chafing-dish. As soon as melted, add cayenne, wine, and ham; simmer five minutes.

Venison Cutlets with Apples
Wipe, core, and cut four apples in one-fourth inch slices. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, and add one-third cup Port wine; cover, and let stand thirty minutes. Drain, and sauté in butter. Cut a slice of venison one-half inch thick in cutlets. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook three or four minutes in a hot chafing-dish, using just enough butter to prevent sticking. Remove from dish; then melt three tablespoons butter, add wine drained from apples, and twelve candied cherries cut in halves. Reheat cutlets in sauce, and serve with apples.

Mutton with Currant Jelly Sauce
2 tablespoons butter1 cup Brown Stock
2 tablespoons flour1/3 cup currant jelly
1/4 teaspoon salt11/2 tablespoons Sherry wine
Few grains pepper6 slices cold cooked mutton
Brown the butter, add flour, seasonings, and stock, gradually; then add jelly, and when melted, add mutton. When meat is heated, add wine. If mutton gravy is at hand, use instead of making a Brown Sauce.

Minced Mutton
2 cups chopped cooked muttonSalt
Yolks 6 “hard-boiled” eggsCayenne
3/4 teaspoon mixed mustard1 cup of cream
1/4 cup wine
Mash the yolks, and season with mustard, salt, and cayenne. Add cream and mutton. When thoroughly heated add wine. Serve on toast.

Devilled Bones
2 tablespoons butterDrumsticks, second joints, and wings of a cooked chicken
1 tablespoon Chili Sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire SauceSalt
1 tablespoon Walnut CatsupFlour
1 teaspoon made mustardCup hot stock
Few grains cayenneFinely chopped parsley
Melt butter, and add Chili Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, Walnut Catsup, mustard, and cayenne. Cut four small gashes in each piece of chicken. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, dredge with flour, and cook in the seasoned butter until well browned. Pour on stock, simmer five minutes, and sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Devilled Almonds
2 ozs. blanched and shredded almonds2 tablespoons chopped pickles
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 tablespoon Chutney1/4 teaspoon salt
Few grains cayenne
Fry almonds until well browned, using enough butter to prevent almonds from burning. Mix remaining ingredients, pour over nuts, and serve as soon as thoroughly heated. Serve with oysters.

Devilled Chestnuts
Shell one cup chestnuts, cut in thin slices, and fry until well browned, using enough butter to prevent chestnuts from burning. Season with Tabasco Sauce or few grains paprika.

Fruit Canapés
Make German Toast in circular pieces, cover with stewed prunes, figs, or jam. Serve with Cream Sauce I.

Peach Canapés
Sauté circular pieces of sponge cake in butter until delicately browned. Drain canned peaches, sprinkle with powdered sugar, few drops lemon juice, and slight grating nutmeg. Melt one tablespoon butter, add peaches, and when heated, serve on cake.

Fig Cups
1/2 lb. washed figs2 tablespoons sugar
Chopped salted almonds1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup wine
Stuff figs with almonds. Put sugar, lemon juice, and wine in chafing-dish; when heated, add figs, cover, and cook until figs are tender, turning and basting often. Serve with Lady Fingers.



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