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First Friday Hearth Cooking Open House
By January 4, 2019 Read More →

First Friday Hearth Cooking Open House

Ring in the New Year on First Friday in Peterborough at our Hearth Cooking Open House! Stop by the Phoenix Mill House between 5 and 6:30 when we will be serving some hot spiced cider and a treat prepared over the open hearth. While you enjoy the food and drink, learn what winter life was […]

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Hearth Cooking Saturday: Stretching the Dollar
By September 22, 2018 Read More →

Hearth Cooking Saturday: Stretching the Dollar

Visit the Phoenix Mill House to see and to taste authentic 1830s dishes prepared over the open hearth and learn about what life was like for the Prescott family. At our September hearth cooking session, we will be looking at the ways Mrs. Prescott would economize in the kitchen and stretch the family’s dollar to […]

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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
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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
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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
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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 […]

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 […]