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SAUCES AND DRESSINGS; 165

FRENCH MUSTARD.

THREE tablespoonfuls of mustard, one tablespoonful of graunlated sugar, well worked together, then beat in an egg until it is smooth; add one teacupf ul of vinegar, a little at a time, working it all smooth ; then set on the stove and cook three or four minutes, stirring all the time ; when cool, add one tablespoonful of the best olive oil, taking care to get it all thoroughly worked in and smooth. You will find

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KITCHEN PEPPER.

Mix one ounce of ground ginger, half an ounce each of black pep- per, ground cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, one teaspoonf ul of ground cloves, and six ounces of salt. Keep in a tightly corked bottle.

the Caterer. PREPARED COCOANUT. (For Pies, Puddings, etc.)

To PEEPAEE cocoanut for future use, first cut a hole through the meat at one of the holes in the end, draw off the milk, then loosen the meat by pounding the nut well on all sides. Crack the nut and take out the meat, and place the pieces of meat in a cool open oven over night, or for a few hours, to dry; then grate it. If there is more grated than is needed for present use, sprinkle it with sugar, and spread out in a cool dry place. When dry enough put away in dry cans or bottles. Will keep for weeks.

SPICES.

GINGER is the root of a shrub first known in Asia, and now culti- vated in the West Indies and Sierra Leone. The stem grows three or four feet high and dies every year. There are two varieties of ginger -the white and black caused by taking more or less care in selecting and preparing the roots, which are always dug in winter, when the stems are withered. The white is the best.

Cinnamon is the inner bark of a beautiful tree, a native of Cey- lon, that grows from twenty to thirty feet in height and lives to be centuries old.

Cloves. Native to the Molucca Islands, and so called from resem- blance to a nail (clavis). The East Indians call them "changkek," from the Chinese "techengkia" (fragrant nails). They grow on a straight, smooth-barked tree, about forty feet high. Cloves are not fruits, but blossoms, gathered before they are quite unfolded.

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