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Bird’s Nest Pudding- January 2018 Recipe of the Month
By January 27, 2018 Read More →

Bird’s Nest Pudding- January 2018 Recipe of the Month

Bird’s Nest Pudding Recipes for Bird’s Nest Pudding, or Crow’s Nest Pudding as it was sometimes called, were popular in the late 18th century. In the fall when apples would be readily available to housewives, they would make fresh apple pie, apple sauce, apple butter, and recipes like this one. Extra apples might be stored […]

Lemon Minced Pie- December 2017 Recipe of the Month
By December 28, 2017 Read More →

Lemon Minced Pie- December 2017 Recipe of the Month

This recipe for Lemon Minced Pie comes from Maria Rundell‘s 1808 cookbook, A New System of Domestic Cookery. This recipe makes a delicious pie with a bright taste. It’s easy to make as long as you can find the rendered suet (the beef tallow from the cow’s kidney area). I purchased some online from James Townsend & Sons. […]

Peterborough’s Scott Family and the American Revolution
By December 28, 2017 Read More →

Peterborough’s Scott Family and the American Revolution

A local story of the Revolution contributed by Tim LaPierre It can sometimes seem like history is dominated by famous, distant figures: generals, politicians, scientists, and the like. On occasion we hear of what life was like for the average commoner. But the opportunity to learn about the lives and stories of real people from […]

Recipe of the Month- November 2017- Beets
By November 28, 2017 Read More →

Recipe of the Month- November 2017- Beets

It is root vegetable season in the historic Phoenix Mill House and our garden has produced an abundance of beets this year. The following are two 19th century recipes that describe ways to serve beets in ways that I doubt many of us use today. Dressed Beets from Boil two good-sized beets tender; when cold […]

Towns Look Back 100 Years to World War I
By July 29, 2017 Read More →

Towns Look Back 100 Years to World War I

Our local history museums are looking back 100 years this summer to the time when the U.S. entered World War I. At the Monadnock Center, we are featuring an exhibit, 1917: Looking Back 100 Years, which explores what life was like here and the ways our communities supported the war effort. The exhibit includes vintage […]

Blueberry Pudding- July 2016 Recipe of the Month
By July 13, 2016 Read More →

Blueberry Pudding- July 2016 Recipe of the Month

This past February we held an event called the Presidential Plate. The dinner featured the favorite foods of former Presidents John Adams, Frank Pierce, Teddy Roosevelt, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Based on that night’s menu, I’ve decided if I could travel through time and join one of these presidential families for dinner, I’d pick eating […]

The Davidson House by Charles Franklin Pierce
By July 9, 2016 Read More →

The Davidson House by Charles Franklin Pierce

This watercolor of the Davidson House is one of my favorite pieces in the Monadnock Center’s museum collection. The Monadnock Center has nine paintings by artist Charles Franklin Pierce (1844-1920) in its painting collection. Pierce was born in Sharon to John and Phila Pierce and grew up on his family’s farm in Peterborough. At the […]

Forced Cucumber- June 2016 Recipe of the Month
By June 15, 2016 Read More →

Forced Cucumber- June 2016 Recipe of the Month

Without a doubt one of the strangest foods I have ever prepared during a hearth cooking demonstration was forced cucumbers. The word “forced” implies these are stuffed cucumbers which isn’t that unusual. But it’s the technique used in preparing them that was so unique; you actually end up sewing the cucumber with a needle and […]

Summer is Here!
By June 11, 2016 Read More →

Summer is Here!

We have a huge photograph collection at the Monadnock Center. Having the opportunity to see so many historic photographs is one of the things I like most about my job. I thought others might enjoy seeing some of my favorites from the collection so I will be posting “Michelle’s faves” from time to time. To […]

Cup Cake- April 2016 Recipe of the Month
By April 21, 2016 Read More →

Cup Cake- April 2016 Recipe of the Month

This month’s recipe is for Cup Cake should not be confused with modern cupcakes. Cup Cake is so named for the ingredients, 1 cup butter, 2 cups sugar and so on. At a recent hearth cooking demonstration in the Phoenix Mill House, we tried out a new piece of kitchen equipment that my demonstration partner […]