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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 […]

Pop Up Exhibit! Historic Games
By April 11, 2016 Read More →

Pop Up Exhibit! Historic Games

See a fine collection of historic games on display during April in the Monadnock Center’s museum. This short term exhibit has popped up for one month only, so don’t miss your chance to see the ways we played over the last 150 years! The 55 games on exhibit are from the Monadnock Center’s collection as […]

Scrapple- March 2016 Recipe of the Month
By March 16, 2016 Read More →

Scrapple- March 2016 Recipe of the Month

Scrapple would have been a meal option when money was tight. Originally from Germany, this pork dish was called panhas which referred to the cauldron in which the meat was boiled. The meat used included the edible scraps of a slaughtered pig – feet, heart, liver, cleaned intestines, and other small scraps referred to as […]

Mystery Show at the Monadnock Center
By March 5, 2016 Read More →

Mystery Show at the Monadnock Center

Who doesn’t love a mystery? Last night, the audience at the Monadnock Center was treated to two mysteries presented by Starlee Kine for MacDowell Downtown, a monthly presentation by artists in residence at Peterborough’s famous artist colony. Kine, best known for her work on This American Life and her new podcast Mystery Show (named the […]

Cod Fish Cakes- February 2016 Recipe of the Month
By February 27, 2016 Read More →

Cod Fish Cakes- February 2016 Recipe of the Month

While I was researching favorite recipes of our founding fathers, I discovered John Adams who was president from 1797 to 1801 often enjoyed codfish cakes for breakfast. These cakes were actually a popular breakfast through to the 19th century. If Abigail Adams was making her husband codfish cakes at this time of year, she would […]

Locate Your Office at the Monadnock Center!
By February 2, 2016 Read More →

Locate Your Office at the Monadnock Center!

Imagine the visibility and convenience of locating your business in downtown Peterborough! The Monadnock Center has an opening in its building at 19 Grove Street next to the Peterborough Town House and just steps away from Depot Square and the post office. The 500 square foot office is suitable for a small business of 1-4 […]

Hasty Pudding- January 2016 Recipe of the Month
By January 29, 2016 Read More →

Hasty Pudding- January 2016 Recipe of the Month

I think hasty pudding was one of the items I cooked during my first hearth cooking sessions in the Phoenix Mill House. It’s really, really easy. Hasty Pudding 4 cups water 1 cup cornmeal ½ teaspoon salt (optional) Bring water to a boil, then stir in cornmeal. Keep stirring (up to 10 minutes) until mixture […]

White Pot- December 2015 Recipe of the Month
By December 18, 2015 Read More →

White Pot- December 2015 Recipe of the Month

White Pot: A Traditional Christmas Pudding I’m always excited to try vintage recipes for the first time during one of our Hearth Cooking sessions in our Phoenix Mill House. I’ve probably never been more excited about the finished product of one of these recipes than the first time I unmolded this delicious steamed pudding. When […]