Really there's no reason for this post other than to explain the progress and path I followed. And as with most paths, there are off shoots, and other paths that intersect and new places to explore and share and ...
And that being said, I'm going to share an old recipe, this one comes from my Civil War Recipes book.
half a pound of sausage meat,
some chopped onion,
one-quarter of a pound of butter,
sweetherbs tied in a bunch,
a few dried mushrooms, chopped fine,
pepper and salt.
Stew the fowl gently until quite tender, adding a little water now and then to prevent it from becoming dry. Pick all the meat from the bones, and cut it into very small pieces, removing the skin.
Boil dryly one pound of rice, mix it well with the fowl and gravy, and season it to taste. This must all be finished half an hour before dinner is ready, so that it may be put at the side of the fire and served almost dry; but care must be taken to place it at the side, not on the fire, after it is cooked. This dish is excellent with turkey.