Open Hearth Cooking: A Taste for History

March 6, 2016, 1:00 PM

This year Durand-Hedden welcomes a new cook skilled in 18th century foodways to our annual historic cooking program honoring late longtime trustee, Irene Kosinski. For over 32 years Deborah Peterson has demonstrated open hearth cooking at a multitude of historic sites and reenactments and she looks forward to working at our kitchen fire. Away from the hearth she enjoys research into the material culture, economics and social aspects of people of the 18th century, primarily those of English descent in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Irene Kosinski, a gifted educator and lover of living history, oversaw the restoration of Durand-Hedden’s beehive oven in 1981. She went on to establish our perpetually popular open hearth cooking program, which for thirty years has drawn visitors who are ‘hungry’ for history. On the menu this year will be Manchet bread and a chocolate tart baked in the beehive oven and a boiled pudding and savory sausages cooked over the fire. Children will be able to try their hand at old-fashioned cooking chores like kneading dough and making butter and watch a spinster spin yarn at her wheel.

Curious? Come for a taste of history!

Also visit The Country Store and check out its historic- themed treasures: early American games, books and toys, facsimile documents, quill pens and ink, historic cook books, cookie molds, tin lanterns, reproductive decorative items and ceramics, and more, such as the hard-to-find original Doors of Maplewood poster, Smile: A Pictorial History of Olympic Park, 1887-1965 and the new acid-free reproduction of the charming 1931 Map of Maplewood. And, on the 24th, get in line for a special food tasting as local NJ company Haht Sahs offers tastes of their award winning natural hot sauce, jam and hot cocoa.

Slavery in New Jersey: A Troubled History is an illustrated 40-page book that traces the evolution of slavery in New Jersey, which began with Dutch settlement in the seventeenth century and continued through the end of the Civil War.

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