Take pieces of ribs of lean salt PORK, also a slice or two of the fat of salt PORK; scald it well with hot water so as to wash out the briny taste. Put it into a kettle and cover it with cold water, enough for the required want. Cover it and boil an hour, season with pepper; then add half a dozen potatoes cut into quarters. When it all commences to boil again, drop in dumplings made from this recipe:
One pint of sour or buttermilk, two eggs, well beaten, a teaspoonful of salt, a level teaspoonful of soda; dissolve in a spoonful of water as much flour as will make a very stiff batter. Drop this into the kettle or BROTH by spoonfuls, and cook forty minutes, closely covered.
Directions The Whitehouse Cookbook, by Mrs. F.L. Gillette (Year 1887)