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Rediscovering beloved American food traditions from my table to yours.
Rediscovering beloved American food traditions from my table to yours.

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Mary Randolph authored one of the first regional cookbooks in America - the Virginia Housewife (1824). It set the standard for southern cooking with recipes for okra soup and barbecued hog and is still in print today. In honor of her birthday, I tried out her recipe for 'scolloped tomatos.' To scollop or scallop is a French term for a food prepared with a creamy sauce and baked with breadcrumbs. Randolph was influenced by French cuisine due to her family ties - her brother married Thomas Jefferson's daughter Martha, and Jefferson helped popularize French cooking in America. Recipe and more historical tidbits at the American Table:

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This week's Making History Monday: The #FDA  is attempting to prohibit the sale of eggs from free-range chickens, an orange blight in Florida is causing farmers to scramble for a solution, #distilleries  are reappearing in New York City in the largest numbers since Prohibition and more!

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Just posted: Ham and Banana Rolls (1947) make the latest post in the #Retro   #Recipe  series. No, it's not for everyone. Yes, the taste is unique. And yes, I'm willing to try most things for the sake of exploring America's culinary traditions. And believe it or not, it's actually not that bad... 

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Just posted: White House Crab Soup (1930) was originally attributed to Martha Washington. While the legend is tough to prove, it became a favorite of many future presidents including Franklin Roosevelt and the Eisenhowers and is now part of the White House repertoire. Simple and delicious, this soup is prepared quickly - allowing you spend more time with friends and less time over a hot stove.

#WhiteHouse   #FDR   #Recipes   #marthawashington   #georgewashington   #FoodHistory   #POTUS  

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Martha Washington's recipe for Preserved Cherries was passed down in her family cookbook over the centuries and was a favorite of our first President. Perfect Fourth of July recipe, served over ice cream or baked in a pie.

#FLOTUS   #POTUS   #GeorgeWashington   #PresidentialHistory   #FoodHistory   #fourthofjulyrecipes   #recipes   #MarthaWashington  

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The latest Civil War recipe is Republican Pudding, a Confederate rice custard from 1863. Check out the history of this sweet dessert and get the recipe to make at home at the American Table. 

#gettysburg150   #cw150   #civilwar   #foodhistory   #recipe   #recipesharingcommunity  

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Gearing up this week for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the American Table launches the first in a series of #CivilWar  era #recipes  with Hardtack - a dense cracker that was a staple for troops on both sides of the war. #civilwar150   #foodhistory  

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Currently trending on the American Table: Buwei Yang Chao and the Invention of 'Stir-Frying,' exploring the creation of the first Chinese American cookbook.

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On this week's Making History Monday - a weekly digest of American food news from the around the web - news on the Farm Bill, Washington State passes new labeling laws for seafood, Wendy's plans to release a pretzel bun burger, and Cornell has developed a robot that knows just when to refill your beer mug. 

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Announcing the site re-design and the start of a summer of new posts, recipes and articles all on the topic of American food history! Check out what I've been up to:
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