Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Ormonde Cafe


I recently bought what looked like old typed menus from an very vintage café.  As I opened the bag, it became clear to me that not only was their menus but also their cookbook!  As I tried to scan the notebook the cover came off in my hand, but the pages are intact….wonderful recipes, and some that sound really terrible, ones I have never heard of, how about you?

The Orman Café in Virginia, Minnesota owned by E. J Erickson and Bert Arfstrom, a couple of fine Scandinavians….from the prices I would have to say early 1900’s?  Enjoy!  ( Click on each image to enlarge)

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They even had an ad….they were very proud of their establishment, and by the looks of this book, it was around a long time.

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look at the prices……..


and of course the daily specials all typed  neat….

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Then in the back of the book….the recipes….you can tell by how they are written they knew these dishes by heart.

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some child’s scribbling along the way…..

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And a recipe for Lye Soap…..



All of this proudly kept thru the generations, it makes me sad when items like this end up in an antique store and perhaps there are no more descendants to give them to…I will treasure it though.  I hope if they can see what has become of their sweet book that they are happy that the world can share it now….not just  the folks of Virginia, Minnesota.  :)

I am going to sit down and read all of the recipes, if there are any that sound luscious I will bring them here to my blog…:)  Thanks again for stopping in…:)


Tammy's in Love said...

Yes, Santa Claus, there is a Virginia, MN!


Musings from Kim K. said...

What special treasures. I'm glad the recipes ended up in your hands.

luci wallis said...

I agree with you..I am the keeper of all things in my family, no one else wants them. I just read my grandpas journal last night.. nothing interesting but to do lists, budgets and weather. But it always makes me feel like I am there with him.

Diane Mars said...

That was sure a fun Treasure find indeed, and how funny a recipe for soap too! I am sure you will find at least one recipe to satisfy your pallet. Hugs, Diane

Anonymous said...

what a find!!!
thanks for stopping by today :D

Cheryl said...

What a fun find you have there. I LOVE to read through old cook books.... and especially love looking through hand written recipes too Lucky you!!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

What a treasure. I'm glad it ended up in the right hands...yours. : )
Mary Lou

MEM said...

Wow Sandy, hard to believe that you would show this cookbook from Mimnesota----that is where I live! Just sent you an email re the rubber dolls and then came back to read your new entry. We are in west central Mn about where the jog sticks out! Small world wouldn't you say?? Love old menus and cookbooks also.

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Sandy.

Thanks for coming by my blog. The name of her shop is Rose Hip. Here is her link:

I have my shops closed at this time but I did put links on the post you came to if you want to see my sold items. Just click on the shops names and they will lead you to them!

Thank you and have a nice day!

★Carol★ said...

I have a "thing" for old restaurant menus! I especially LOVE the sound of all of the salads on that menu!

Unknown said...

I just noticed you asked where I got my tiles for my vintage trailer...Home Depot. I had to order them..they are commercial and less than a dollar a piece. They had a ton of colors. Email me if you need more info.

Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

What an amazing find. Wow. I loved looking through it. A club breakfast for 30 cents. Can you imagine? Thanks for sharing that with us. I love old things like that. I have a bunch of old magazines. Thank you also for the nice comment you left on my blog. I am really looking forward to finishing things up so I can actually get going in the new room.

Susan Freeman said...

You share my passion for vintage menus and cookbooks. I especially love menus from old tea rooms. Oh and their prices too!

Susan and Bentley said...

Great finds, Sandy! Lucky you, so don't be sad ~ somebody's surely delighted these ended up in your care:)


patchworkandlace said...

What an amazing find ,i think the old things are always the best xx

Neabear said...

When I first looked at this, I thought what is my brother's name doing on there? Has the same initials has my brother. Makes me wonder what the E J stood for in this case. No relation to us I don't think. I will have to ask my father. Our Erickson clan came from Sweden.

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