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Tag: historic foodways

Hearth Cooking: Harvest Time in the Phoenix Mill House
By October 22, 2022 Read More →

Hearth Cooking: Harvest Time in the Phoenix Mill House

It is harvest time and we will be cooking up some of autumn’s bounty in the Phoenix Mill House. At this open-house program, enjoy samples of dishes cooked over the open hearth and learn about life in the 1830s. Dishes are prepared from period recipes using the kitchen equipment of the time. Some of the […]

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Happy Pi(e) Day!
By March 12, 2021 Read More →

Happy Pi(e) Day!

Let’s celebrate National Pi Day with some Pi(e)! In mathematics, pi stands for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. In other words, if you divide the distance around any circle (circumference) by the length of that circle’s diameter, it will always come out with the same answer, 3.14159265…, which we […]

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 […]

A Christmas Recipe
By December 21, 2019 Read More →

A Christmas Recipe

Here is a delicious traditional dish from the kitchen of the Phoenix Mill House! Happy Holidays! Plum Pudding with Nutmeg Sauce1 cup sugar1 cup butter, room temperature1 cup milk2 eggs, beaten2/3 cup molasses1/4 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon baking soda3 teaspoons baking powder3 1/2 cups flour plus 2 tablespoons1 1/2 cups raisins, finely chopped1 cup dates, chopped3 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]