A Summer Roast

On July 19, 1917 The Honeoye Falls Times reported that the US was readying for the draft of soldiers to enter the Great War but the details of which were still being finalized. Front page news also reported on the locations of hydrants for area firefighters, regional New York news, and the program for the band concert on July 21, 1917. Honeoye Falls is a small town in western New York, about 33 miles (53 kilometers) south of Rochester.

On page 4, flank steak roast, rhubarb tapioca, and bean croquettes were the recipes featured for the summer recipe.

We tried the flank steak roast. When we started, we didn’t realize the steak was stuffed with bread crumbs, so, for the first time in many years, we purchased a loaf of white bread which we dried in the oven to make the bread crumbs. Because the steak came from grass-fed beef, we tenderized the meat before pounding it with our improvised meat mallet – a wooden mallet that was in the tool drawer.

The stuffing proved easy to make once we realized we needed bread crumbs for the base. Roasted the meat for a hour at 350oF which seemed like just the right length of time.


While it looked neat when it was cut, the roast did not have a lot of flavor for the 21st century palate. Half of us enjoyed it; the other did not and had wished he remembered the bottle of Worcestershire sauce that was sitting in the cupboard.

Time: about 4 hours (due to drying the bread in the oven)

Cost: about $18 (used local grass-fed beef)

Successful: 50/50

Accurate: Yes


Author: newsiechef

Hi, Welcome to my exploration of newspaper recipes. My curiosity about newspaper recipes started during library science graduate school. During that time I was fortunate to have a job at a state library. One aspect of my job was to look at microfilm copies of historic newspapers to be sure all of the pages were in order and to check that no editions were missing from the microfilm before they headed off to get digitized. Looking at these historic newspapers made me realize that newspapers are a great source of lots of information, including tasty recipes. Hope that you too get a chance to try a recipe or two from historic newspapers.

4 thoughts on “A Summer Roast”

  1. Oh my goodness, your meat looks so neat all bundled! How did you get it to stay? My roast also was tied and I swear, I dropped more F-bombs during that several minute operation than any other part. To the point where my husband came over to be all “hey babe, anything I can do?” and I made HIM do the rest. 😛

    How do you search your newspapers? Do you just search “roast” and see what recipes you like? Because you always have awesome sources.

    — Tegan


    1. Thanks Tegan;

      My partner really flattened out the steak so rolling it up was fairly easy. Used both string and skewers to hold it in place. Glad you got help with tieing up your roast! 🙂

      You are right in how I search the papers, I start here at NYS Historic Newspapers with a simple search term like roast. Sometimes I add recipe since roast could also bring up adds for roasts that are on sale at the grocery store.


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