Cut off the tops and remove the seeds. Cut in small pieces 8 or 10 tomatoes and cook with a little butter and onion until tender. Add some rice boiled in water or stock (or bread crumbs), and a little salt, then mix with the tomatoes. Add a little chopped celery, fill the peppers, and put a little butter over the top of each. Cook in the oven twenty minutes and serve at once. If the peppers are boiled a few minutes first, they will retain their bright green color.
The Cookery Blue Book, by Society for Christian Work of the First Unitarian Church, San Francisco, California (Year 1891)