By Site Superintendent Cynde Georgen; from Trail End Notes, July 2004
ACCORDING TO EULA Kendrick, she did not like to cook, wasn't very good at it, and didn't want to become very good at it. Her only desire was to be good enough so that, if she had to be the one doing the cooking, the cowboys wouldn't leave the ranch in search of better grub!
Even so, like every good housewife of the age, Eula had a collection of recipes that she preferred. Thanks to a generous gift from Eula's granddaughter, Eula Harmon Hoff, Trail End is in possession of a most interesting book: Eula Wulfjen Kendrick's handwritten recipe book. In it are forty recipes, most without accurate measurements or even complete procedures. Some only provide a list of ingredients – the cook is expected to know what to do with them.
In addition to foods, the book also contains recipes for various homemade cleaners.
INDIAN MEAL PUDDING
No attempt is made to provide instructions beyond measurements. The proper oven temperature would no doubt have been known to an experienced cook.
Bake overnight or from 3 to 5 hours.
In addition to a complete lack of instructions, note the absence of flour measurements in this cookie recipe; it is assumed that the cook knows to add flour!
CREAM TOMATO SOUP
Boil soup bone well; put lump of butter size of an egg in pan til it boils; stir in 1 half cup of flour; let it brown. Strain in 1 can of tomatoes; add a little sweet cream then the juice from the meat.
This "Figgy pudding" is a bit different from that served each year at Trail End's Annual Holiday Open House. Unlike Eula's more traditional steamed pudding, ours is baked.
Steam four hours and serve with following sauce.
SAUCE FOR FIG PUDDING
Beat all together and pour into ½ pint milk or boiling water. Flavor with wine or brandy.
Boil twenty minutes.
This sounds so very, very toxic!
Add soap to water; stir until dissolved; add borax to soap while in kettle. After cooling a little go into yard and add gasoline and ammonia.
One cup of mixture with ¾ bar of soap put into boiler of water makes a cleansing fluid to put clothes to boil out dirt, then into machine and finish.
(Trail End Archival Collection)
State Historic Site