Charlotte Ruse | Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

Charlotte Ruse

In the Victorian era it was especially fashionable to name foods after famous people and places. Naming a dish after a geographical location lent a mysterious element to a meal, summoning up images of distant horizons and alluring travel possibilities. Dishes named for people were either a favorite of that famous person or created in…

Chocolate Puffs | Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

Chocolate Puffs

Deliciously chewy with a slightly crispy coating, chocolate puffs are delightful meringue cookies reminiscent of a baked chocolate mousse. Very simple to make, they require only four ingredients: egg whites, powdered sugar, cornstarch and unsweetened chocolate. A sweet blend of stiffly beaten egg whites and sugar, meringue dates back to the sixteenth century. European cooks…

EMM Marble Cake | Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

Marble Cake

Marble cake typically conjures up images of a beautifully swirled vanilla and chocolate cake, similar to the look of vanilla fudge ice cream. However, throughout most of the nineteenth century, the swirls in marble cake got their lovely chestnut color from molasses and rich spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves, not chocolate. As I…