For many of us, these words evoke childhood memories of stories and nursery rhymes told by our grandparents and that warm and fuzzy feeling we get from remembering trips to the local candy store with the change Grandpa gave us from his pocket to buy that special treat!…See the full post
Williamsburg was fortunate to have access to a great deal of seafood being nestled very closely between both the James and York Rivers. Scallops, like all fresh sea food, would have to be harvested and brought in fresh, where they could be purchased daily at market. Our Market House would be open seven days per week, but only till 9 a.m. on Sunday, so anyone assigned to do the shopping would have to be up and out early in order to ensure they were getting the very best. This recipe highlights both the lightness and sweetness of the scallop.…See the full post
What better way to celebrate the season than serving two of our favorite things together—chocolate and wine? Try serving this simple yet unexpected combination at your holiday party, or, if you are adventurous, for Christmas Breakfast. The Historic Foodways Staff wishes to thank everyone for your continued support. Thank you and have a wonderful Holiday Season!…See the full post
Here at the Historic Kitchens were are faced daily with the myth that 18th-century meals did not include vegetables, or when they did, they were boiled to mush. In fact, there are thousands of lovely vegetable recipes included in cookery books and on table diagrams. Often these recipes will say “cook until done” or “to your taste”, which gives the cook the ability to determine what is done. Peas are especially beloved, and can be found in a wide variety of dishes, (though thankfully, not ice cream). This easy recipe would be a perfect side dish for our Beef Olive recipe. Enjoy!…See the full post
Here at Historic Foodways, we never judge a recipe by its title. This different version of a rice pudding has nothing to do with what we think of as an omelet. Instead, this lovely pudding has a think custard poured over a molded rice. It’s also gluten free! Enjoy.…See the full post
“Put a bit of butter into a stew-pan, throw in large oysters and some mushrooms, with pepper, salt, pounded cloves, parsley, and sweet herbs chopped, a dust of flour; stir these about half a minute, then put the oysters on silver skewers, a mushroom between each; roll them in crumbs of bread; broil them; put into the stew-pan a little good gravy, let it be thick and palatable; a little lemon-juice. Serve the oysters on the skewers; the sauce on the dish.”
—From the Lady’s Assistant by Charlotte Mason…See the full post
If someone were to hear “confectionery” or the “confectioner,” many foodies would draw upon images of sweet and delectable treats. The chocolate almond, strawberry creams, or even frozen delights, such as coffee ice cream. But salads?…See the full post
Sometimes you never know where a recipe will lead you. Recently, while making a boiled apple pudding, it occurred to me that there are many recipes that use the exact same ingredients—some type of pastry plus a filling. For example, a Beignet of Red Currant Jam, a Boiled Apple Pudding, and Kickshaw, are all essentially created using the same ingredients. What is different is the way in which they are cooked or baked.…See the full post
Our staff has at its disposal well over 140 cookery books, as well as a large collection of hand-written receipt books, and hundreds of secondary source books on all aspects of foodways.
Since many of the primary cookbooks were printed year after year, we will often have every edition published. As new sources are found, they are incorporated into our collection. So, with such a plentiful quantity of primary information, why would be use “The Virginia House-wife,” by Mary Randolph, which was published in 1824? The Foodways staff uses the first edition of the cookbook here.
There are several reasons.
Mary Randolph was 62-years-old when she wrote “The Virginia House-wife.” Her work was based upon a solid foundation of cookery learned as younger woman, during the last …See the full post