Monthly Archives: August 2014

A Swedish “Hot Dish” from a Church Basement

Shelves of lingonberry jam and Wasa crackers at the markets near my summer job reflect the large Swedish community that settled in Jamestown, New York starting in the 1840s.

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Guest Post: Cincinnati Chili Cheese Dip

Hello historic recipe enthusiasts! I’m Nicole, and I’ve had the pleasure of working for Clara this summer in the Chautauqua Writers’ Center. Last week, the two of us attended Brian Castner‘s workshop on “The Modern Author’s Blog,” and I’m thrilled to share … Continue reading

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Corn and More: Succotash Without Suffering

The word “succotash” comes from the Narragansett Native American term for boiled corn kernels, “msickquatash.” Yet succotash recipes have evolved to include a lot more ingredients than corn.

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‘Magic’ Chocolate Pie from 1939 World’s Fair

When I received an invitation to a pot luck dinner with novelist E.L. Doctorow, I was honored, of course, but also saw it as a challenge to find a recipe that would complement one of his novels. I chose World’s Fair, … Continue reading

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A Taste of Germany in Richmond: Family Kuchen Recipe

It’s hard for a Southerner to pronounce the word kuchen, which means cake in German. It ends up sounding like kook or cuckoo – not exactly the impression you want to make when baking a dessert for others. But I … Continue reading

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