|From Chicago Daily Tribune, December 22, 1889.|
Bouches a la Reine "bite to the Queen" is a little puff pastry (about the size of a biscuit) filled with meat (specifically sweetbreads) and gravy.
Consomme royale is a savory shaped custard made with consomme (a rich clear broth), gelatin and egg.
Potatoes Duchesse are fancy mashed potatoes - piped from a bag in small portions with a frilly tip and baked to crispy perfection (hey I'd eat that!).
Terrapin a la Maryland is turtle meat in a sauce served traditionally in a turtle shell.
We also had a chuckle about Mr. Morton being the Vice President. We love the School House Rock song, The Tale of Mr. Morton: "Mr. Morton is the subject of the sentence, and what the predicate says, he does."
Needlesstosay, our holiday menu will not be as extravagant as President Harrison's!