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Phoenix Mill House

Marlborough Pudding for Thanksgiving
By November 20, 2022 Read More →

Marlborough Pudding for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was THE holiday in the 1830s and Marlborough Pudding was THE perfect end to the feast. Several people have asked for the recipe after sampling Marlborough Pudding at last Saturday’s Hearth Cooking day or having seen the recipe prepared in our Holidays in the Mill House video. Marlborough Pudding is actually a custard pie […]

Corn Fritters
By August 23, 2022 Read More →

Corn Fritters

Nothing is like fresh New Hampshire corn in August! Try this recipe for Corn Fritters, another way to enjoy this annual treat.   Corn Fritters 3 large eggs, separated 1/2 cup cream or half-and-half 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 cups fresh corn kernels (about 12 ears corn) About 1 cup lard […]

Potatoes Colcannon
By August 16, 2022 Read More →

Potatoes Colcannon

Each fall, the Phoenix Mill House is open for hearth cooking days when visitors can sample foods that Mrs. Prescott prepares over the open fire. Historic cookbooks are the source for all of our recipes including this one for Potatoes Colcannon. Since cooking measurements were not standardized until the 1890s, preparing these historic dishes can […]

Sumac Tea
By August 9, 2022 Read More →

Sumac Tea

In our second installment of historic recipes celebrating NH Eats Local month, we dare you to be adventurous and use a local shrub to make a delicious tart tea. Mrs. Prescott serves Sumac Tea in the Phoenix Mill House. Her guests find it a refreshing summer drink that tastes somewhat like lemonade. Staghorn sumac (Rhus […]

August is Eat Local Month
By August 2, 2022 Read More →

August is Eat Local Month

August is NH Eats Local Month! To inspire your local eating, we have selected some tried and tested Phoenix Mill House recipes using ingredients that are fresh from the garden. This week, try a different way to eat up all those cukes with Mrs. Prescott’s recipe for Fried Cucumbers. Up until the mid-19th century most […]

The Mills Game- Old Fashion Fun
By December 29, 2020 Read More →

The Mills Game- Old Fashion Fun

Try making a Mills Game for some old fashion fun this school vacation. This ancient strategy game is easy to make from everyday household items and is a challenging game appropriate for ages 8 and up. The Mills Game, also called Nine Men’s Morris, is an ancient game going back to the Roman Empire (and […]

Holidays in the Mill House- Thanksgiving in the 1830s
By November 24, 2020 Read More →

Holidays in the Mill House- Thanksgiving in the 1830s

We are so excited to share with you our new series, Holidays in the Mill House! This first episode will take you back to the 1830s with the Prescott Family. See the preparations for the big day and learn about the foods and traditions that shaped the holiday we know today. Our next episode, Christmas […]

Green Peas for Corrinda’s Birthday
By August 6, 2020 Read More →

Green Peas for Corrinda’s Birthday

August 6, 1837 Fresh green peas are plentiful in the garden so I prepared them up for dinner today. I cooked them with sugar and mint which is how my mother said the English cooked them. Peas are Corrinda’s favorite vegetable so she was happy to sit with her big sister Lydia shelling the peas […]

Long Summer Evenings
By July 14, 2020 Read More →

Long Summer Evenings

July 14, 1837 We have been enjoying these long summer evenings. What a pleasant change from those short, cold days of winter. Just a few months ago we’d be in bed before it was dark under the table. Just too cold to stay up any longer. Tonight it was still light outside at half past […]

Fickle Weather
By July 8, 2020 Read More →

Fickle Weather

The kitchen garden first planting is complete, although its productivity may be prejudiced by delays in its undertaking. Fickle weather, the lament of all who crop the land, and my own distractions were partners in these halts. May our fall crop plantings be more timely.  Still and all, only the broom corn is yet to […]