Shaker Recipe of the Month

Church Family Kitchen - Hancock Shaker Village
Kitchen of the Church Family, Hancock Shaker Village
Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly, September 1873

June 2015

Eldress Clymena’s Tomato Soup

24 medium tomatoes, ripe 1/16 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 ribs celery diced 1 tablespoon parsley, minced
2 tablespoons green pepper, minced 1/4 teaspoon onion juice
2 bay leaves 1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup lightly salted whipped cream OR sour cream
1 teaspoon sugar

Do not skin tomatoes, but cut into quarters and place in a heavy enameled, glass or stainless steel pot with celery, green pepper and bay leaves. Cover tightly and simmer 20 minutes without adding any water. Pass through a sieve to remove skin and seeds and return to pot. Add seasonings and bring to a boiling point. Pour into heated bowls and top with whipped cream or sour cream. Serves 6.

This and other Shaker recipes can be found in Shaker Cook Book, by Caroline Piercy and Arthur Tolve (Bowling Green, Ohio, Gabriel’s Horn Publishing Co., 1984). Used by permission.

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