Bone Marrow Creme Brulee

Thanks so much to everyone who watched my Facebook Live recipe video with Amanda Downum! We both draw hugely on history for our writing, so we decided to show you how to make an insanely rich, decadent, historically inspired dessert that was well loved by wealthy Brits from the Tudors to the Victorians – Bone Marrow Creme Brulee! There’s really

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Charles Dickens Very Own Christmas Punch

This is one of my favorite recipes in SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks. First, it’s incredibly drinkable (unlike some of the bemusingly terrifying Victorian milk drinks). Second, it’s a perfect social drink on a dark winter night. Finally, who doesn’t love pretentious authors using any excuse to show off? Some things never change. 1/2 gallon bottled Mineral Water

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Hobbit Week: Easy Shire Porter Cake

Kitchen Overlord Hobbit Week - Portable Elevenses

Don’t be intimidated by the list of ingredients. This isn’t fancy Elven baking chemistry. Like most Shire foods, this is good, solid stuff that can handle a lot of improvisation depending on what you happen to have in your pantry. All you really need is some butter, sugar, flour, eggs, a cup of whatever fruits you like best, a couple

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Hobbit Week: Plum Heavies

Kitchen Overlord Hobbit Week - Plum Heavies

Chocolate and vanilla may seem ubiquitous today, but they’re actually both new world beans. That means Tolkien explicitly excluded them from the Shire, even though both flavors were quite popular in Victorian England. Plum Heavies were the cheap, kids cookies of their day. Victorian country cooks would knead in a handful of diced plums plus a little extra sugar into

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Ichabod Crane and I School Americans on What the Pilgims Really Ate

It’s no secret that I am ridiculously in love with Sleepy Hollow. Ichabod and Abbie’s exchange in “Sanctuary” (Season 1, Episode 9) is a great excuse for me to squint sidelong at our traditional Thanksgiving meals. “You know. Turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie. All the stuff the pilgrims ate,” said Abbie. “The pilgrims didn’t have any sugar to make a

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Dragon*Con Flashback: Shakesperian Shooter Sandwich

If you’re at Dragon*Con, look for Chris-Rachael in her TARDIS dress to snag one of our limited edition free Kitchen Overlord posters. The response to the promotional posters has been so enthusiastic we’re having six printed up on nicer paper for sale this holiday season. Use the poll on the sidebar to vote for which Illustrated Recipes you’d like to

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