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Fish Soup


  • about 2 pounds of any rich, glutinous fish
  • 1 or 2 onions
  • 2 ounces of drippings
  • 1 level tablespoonful of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoonful of pepper
  • 1 teaspoonful of sweet herbs of any kind
  • 1/4 pound of oatmeal


Make this soup from any rich, glutinous fish, such as cod's head, halibut neck, flounders, skate, or any cheap fish which is in season, and which you can buy for five or six cents a pound. Chop the onions, fry them in a pot with the drippings, till light brown; season with the salt, pepper, and sweet herbs, then add two quarts of hot water, and let all boil for ten minutes; meantime mix the oatmeal with one pint of cold water, and wash and cut the fish in two-inch pieces; when the soup has boiled ten minutes, put the fish into it, and carefully stir in the oatmeal; let it boil twenty minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning; it will then be ready to use. The seasoning, drippings, and oatmeal, will cost about five cents, and the fish ten more; with the addition of bread and potatoes, say five cents' worth of either, it makes an excellent meal, costing about twenty cents.


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Twenty-Five Cent Dinners for Families of Six (1879).

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