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Fried Catfish


Today historic interpreter Brenda Parker from George Washington’s Mount Vernon gives us a first person portrayal of “Silla”, an enslaved woman who worked on Washington’s estate. In this special cooking episode Brenda shows us a delicious recipe for fried catfish…

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March 20, 2018


Papering Parched Corn


In last weeks episode we demonstrate several methods for preparing parched corn. Today is all about preparing our corn to eat in the easiest and most palatable ways. Ash Cakes ▶ http://bit.ly/2rb6Kxh ▶▶ Help support the channel with Patreon ▶…

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Parched Corn


In today’s episode we demonstrate several methods for preparing parched corn, including methods from a pamphlet on maize written by Benjamin Franklin. Help support the channel with Patreon ▶ https://www.patreon.com/townsend ▶▶ Check Out Our Website! ▶ http://www.townsends.us/ ▶▶ Twitter ▶…

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Delicious Catfish Stew


We’re back at George Washington’s Mount Vernon! Once again, we’re joined by Deb Colburn who shows us a wonderful Catfish Stew recipe. Enjoy! Mount Vernon’s YouTube Channel ▶ https://www.youtube.com/HistoricMount… ▶▶ Help support the channel with Patreon ▶ https://www.patreon.com/townsend ▶▶ Check…

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Delicious Open Fire Shad at Mount Vernon


This is the first in a series of episodes we shot with the amazing people at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Today Deb Colburn shows us how to prepare a “Planked Shad”. Enjoy! #townsendsplankedshad Mount Vernon’s YouTube Channel ▶ https://www.youtube.com/HistoricMount… ▶▶…

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Fried Oysters 18th century Style


Oysters were a wildly popular food in the 18th and early 19th centuries. They were plentiful along the East coast and inlets. We were surprised, however, to learn that oysters were also served in northern Kentucky! Now up to this…

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Scotch Collops And Yellow Peas


Steve Thomas, from Thomas Family Winery, joins us today at Historic Locust Grove in Louisville, Kentucky, to prepare Scotch Collops and Yellow Peas with Bacon. A perfect farmstead feast! Locust Grove Website ▶ http://locustgrove.org/ ▶▶ Thomas Family Winery ▶ http://www.thomasfamilywinery.us/…

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Propagating Wild Yeast for Reenactments


Today, if you asked 50 people about how to start a wild yeast culture for making sourdough bread, it’s likely you’ll get 100 different answers, but in reality, all it takes is a little bit of flour, some water and…

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September 29, 2017


Akara Recipe


Akara is a simple, easy to make snack that was frequently made in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Dried Black-eyed Peas Onions Parsley flour Boiling water Lard First, pulverize the dried black-eyed peas into very small pieces. Add to…

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A Fanciful Yet Easy Asparagus Soup


This delicious Asparagus Soup recipe from Elizabeth Cleland’s A new and easy methods of cookery (1755). Many of this recipe's techniques, including roux, food coloring, bone broth, and court-bouillon (the ingredients boiled in the soup that are removed before eating)…

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September 28, 2017


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