Our articulate and curious (in the good way) blogging friend Silence Dogood had a very interesting dinner time conversation the other night which included reflection upon the favorite foods of the various founders and early presidents. Silence, being Silence of course, researched the subject and then blogged about it. Her post can be found at James Madison’s Favorite Foods.
Not to ruin the ending but James at 100 pounds was partial to colonial desserts, the specifics though can be found in her blog post. We also learned that Ben Franklin introduced Tofu, Rhubarb, & Kale to the United States. Who knew?
The photos are of re-enactors (and re-enactresses) demonstrating colonial cooking, similar to what James Madison might have experienced before Dolly Madison turned up.
The re-enactors staged a colonial cooking demonstration at the Clarke House at Princeton Battlefield State Monument, where some of the fiercest fighting of the revolution occured at the end of General Washinton’s “10 Crucial Days” where the famous American finally beat his first British Regulars in the field.
Its fascinating how much they could do with just cast iron and heat. I imagine the biggest factors would be seasonality and preservation of their ingredients. In that realm, we have progressed.
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