"1 wire chicken coop" was listed in a July 1818 kitchen inventory of the Virginia Governor's mansion, in the center of Richmond (Gov. James Patton Preston).
Monday, May 14, 2018
Monday, May 7, 2018
Monday, April 30, 2018
Anyone tired of seeing the sunny yellow flowers in their lawn? If you have a big yard with dandelions away from a road... and don't use chemicals... you can eat the leaves you weed (or just buy from store). My grandmother made bacon salad dressing on dandelion leaves. Tom Martin, who was at Landis Valley museum for years, HERE made a terrific version, which is in the cookbook and below. Recently someone made dandelion wine, which was very sweet... so yes it was a good cordial.
Monday, April 16, 2018
In April 1861 the Civil War was started when Ft. Sumter was attacked. The tale from the Revolutionary War, below, from an 1831 children's book, describes how a miller trickily did not lie while protecting barrels of flour from the British.
Monday, April 9, 2018
Monday, April 2, 2018
There are several paintings... particularly from the 1600s... showing bird cages in the kitchen and taverns. Many of the paintings by the Dutch painter Jan Steen included bird cages. The late 18th cen. cage, left, has a marvelous water glass.
Monday, March 26, 2018
Monday, March 19, 2018
Monday, March 12, 2018
Hampton, north of Baltimore, was the large home of the wealthy Ridgely family completed in 1790. The more well-known Hampton Court Palace, west of London, contains the huge kitchen complex of King Henry VIII (1491-1547).
Monday, March 5, 2018
Monday, February 26, 2018
Chateaubriand - the vicomte not his steak - left France in 1791 during the Revolution to spend a year in America. In his book, published in 1826, he described how the native Americans gathered, then boiled the maple sap into syrup, ending as small cones of sugar.
Monday, February 19, 2018
Fried apple slices dipped in a batter of eggs, cream, sugar, nutmeg and rosewater or apples chopped fine in a batter thickened with flour are delicious fried. Tanseys are an old recipe, and appear in cookbooks by La Varenne (1673), Smith (1730) and cooking manuscripts from the 1600s (William Penn's wife and Martha Washington's Custis inlaws - both their apple recipes are delicious). The herb 'tansey' is no longer used in the recipe, but the name lives on.
Monday, February 12, 2018
Monday, February 5, 2018
Monday, January 29, 2018
Jefferson was given a 1,600 pound cheese from Cheshire, Mass. Every farmer brought his curd to be poured into a large cider press to make the huge variegated cheese. A large round of cheese from New York was given to President Jackson, kept in the vestibule of the White House and finally cut in 1837. "The air was redolent with cheese, the carpet was slippery with cheese."
Monday, January 22, 2018
Monday, January 15, 2018
In 1801, newly elected Thomas Jefferson wanted his former (freed in 1796) slave James Hemings (1765-1801) as his presidential chef, but Hemings wanted Jefferson to contact him personally and said he was busy with an engagement with Mr. Peck, a "Tavern Keeper" in Baltimore. William Evans, the owner of the Indian Queen, a block away on the same street as Peck's Columbian hotel, was the go-between for Jefferson and Hemings. James had accompanied Jefferson to France where he took lessons on French cooking.