Cooking with Katharine Stewart Banning

Katharine Stewart Banning was the wife of Banning son, Joseph Brent Banning. Joseph and Katharine married in April of 1888 and set up house and home in the Banning residence soon thereafter. Her recipe collection includes some of the dishes so loved by the family that they were handed down from Rebecca and Mary Hollister Banning’s time. Here are just a couple for you to try if you’ve got a little time on your hands. Quick note: These are Katharine’s recipes from over 100 years ago. Some of the terminology might be slightly different from today.

Katharine Stewart Banning
Date Muffins

Cream 2 table sp. butter with 1/4 cup sugar.
Add 2 well-beaten eggs mixed with 1 cup milk, alternated with 2 cups flour into which 2 tea sp. baking powder has been sifted.
Beat mixture thoroughly.
Add pinch of salt and 1 cup chopped dates. Bake in quick oven.
Recipe will yield 10 large muffins. Bake 18 minutes at 425 degrees.
Aunt Fanny’s Chicken Croquette’s

1 1/2 pint good measure chicken chopped fine
1 pint cream
1 teaspoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
Onion – size of a hickory nut
Parsley to taste – chopped fine
With the butter, flour and cream, make a sauce, add salt, pepper, and while hot stir into it the chicken mixture, onion and parsley.Cool and mold into croquettes when soft enough to be handled. Roll in very fine cracker crumbs.
Keep in ice box till just before serving.
Then fry in deep fat, till delicate brown in color. For frying, use a frying basket.
Katharine and Joseph Banning