January 14, 2011
History Is Served, Online
Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Foodways interpreters are hard at work every day in the kitchens of the Governor’s Palace and the Peyton Randolph House preparing foods in the 18th-century manner. Now, a new blog, “History is Served,” on Colonial Williamsburg’s website offers a peek into those kitchens and provides recipes (called “receipts” in the 18th century) for preparing the dishes for today’s cooks.
Every two weeks a new recipe is added to “History is Served” at http://recipes.history.org/. The original 18th-century recipe is included along with a contemporary version, with videos demonstrating how to prepare such delicacies as chicken “the French way,” broiled sturgeon and carrot pudding baked in muslin. But cooks don’t have to prepare these dishes on an open fire, and no special equipment is needed. The blog invites comments on the recipes and asks daring cooks who have tried the dishes to submit photographs of their results.
Colonial Williamsburg’s department of Historic Foodways was created in 1983 to research and re-create foods of the 18th century. Foodways staff prepares 18th-century foods daily in the Governor’s Palace kitchen and the Peyton Randolph kitchen and offers special programs during the year on the butchering and curing of hams, colonial brewing and the processing and use of chocolate. The foodways staff also works with chefs in the Historic Area taverns and the Williamsburg Lodge to incorporate 18th-century recipes and terminology into modern restaurant menus, providing guests the opportunity to experience flavors of the past.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural institution dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at www.history.org.