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Helen Stuart Campbell
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 239 pages of information about The Easiest Way in Housekeeping and Cooking.

COCOANUT DROPS.

One cocoanut grated; half its weight in powdered sugar; whites of two eggs; one teaspoonful of corn-starch.  Mix corn-starch and sugar; add cocoanut, and then whites of eggs beaten to a stiff froth.  Make in little cones, and bake on buttered paper in a slow oven.

CHOCOLATE CREAMS.

One pound of granulated sugar; half a pound of chocolate; one teaspoonful of acetic acid; one tablespoonful of water; one teaspoonful of vanilla.  Melt the sugar slowly, wetting a little with the water.  Add the acid and vanilla, and boil till sugary, trying very often by stirring a little in a saucer.  When sugary, take from the fire, and stir until almost hard; then roll in little balls, and put on a buttered plate.  Melt the chocolate in two tablespoonfuls of water with a cup of sugar, and boil five minutes.  When just warm, dip in the little balls till well coated, and lay on plates to dry.  Very nice.

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SICK-ROOM COOKERY.

GENERAL HINTS.

As recovery from any illness depends in large part upon proper food, and as the appetite of the sick is always capricious and often requires tempting, the greatest pains should be taken in the preparation of their meals.  If only dry toast and tea, let each be perfect, remembering instructions for making each, and serving on the freshest of napkins and in dainty china.  A tete-a-tete service is very nice for use in a sick-room; and in any case a very small teapot can be had, that the tea may always be made fresh.  Prepare only a small amount of any thing, and never discuss it beforehand.  A surprise will often rouse a flagging appetite.  Be ready, too, to have your best attempts rejected.  The article disliked one day may be just what is wanted the next.  Never let food stand in a sick-room,—­for it becomes hateful to a sensitive patient,—­and have every thing as daintily clean as possible.  Remember, too, that gelatine is not nourishing, and do not be satisfied to feed a patient on jellies.  Bread from any brown flour will be more nourishing than wheat.  Corn meal is especially valuable for thin, chilly invalids, as it contains so much heat.  In severe sickness a glass tube is very useful for feeding gruels and drinks, and little white china boats with spouts are also good.  A wooden tray with legs six or seven inches high, to stand on the bed, is very convenient for serving meals.  Let ventilation, sunshine, and absolute cleanliness rule in the sick-room.  Never raise a dust, but wipe the carpet with a damp cloth, and pick up bits as needed.  Never let lamp or sun light shine directly in the eyes, and, when the patient shows desire to sleep, darken the room a little.  Never whisper, nor wear rustling dresses, nor become irritated at exactions, but keep a cheerful countenance, which helps often far more than drugs.  Experience must teach the rest.

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