Sunday, August 15, 2021

German Sweet Pickled Peaches

It's August, so yet another peach recipe from Maryland. Tyson's 1870 recipe called for equal amounts of vinegar and brown sugar, with cinnamon. Marylanders Howard's Peach Chutnee is equal, but Lea's Spiced Peaches used 4:1 sugar to vinegar. As for the German in the title...

Miss Tyson’s The Queen of the Kitchen: a collection of old Maryland receipts, 1870 -

German Sweet Pickled Peaches.
To 1 quart of vinegar put 1 pound of brown sugar down weight, and cinnamon to taste. Boil the sugar, vinegar and cinnamon together and skim it. Throw in the peaches and let them scald for 5 minutes when they are done. Put them in a jar and tie them down.
[I used apple cider vinegar, dark brown sugar and cinnamon]

Many Germans settled in central Maryland and alot of their farms with incredible outbuildings (bake ovens, smokehouses with their original wooden trees, etc.) still exist.
While I can't post any of those pictures (private homes with wonderful owners who have shown me around their structures) here is Schifferstadt in Frederick MD, now a museum, built in 1758 which has many German heritage features: squirrel-tail oven, barrel vaulted basement, original jamb stove, doors, woodwork and a lovely window sink.

By the 1870s, the Delaware area was known for their peaches... even in a 1915 song "When it's peach picking time in Delaware." Orchards on farms and large homes included peaches in addition to apples. John Eager Howard III, grandson of the famed Rev War soldier and Md governor, and nephew and neighbor of cookbook author Jane Howard, had inherited a home and orchard in 1844 which contained one thousand apple and peach trees in 1863. HERE

Peach blog posts - Peach Picking, Peach Houses, Peach Pickles 1774 by Glasse; Howard's Chutnee; Lea's Spiced Peaches; Brandied Peaches; Ice cream; Cobbler... HERE

Mary Tyson and her cookbook blog post HERE


Aug 17 Tue 1 History of Chocolate - A Hands On Adventure. Day 1 Maya, Aztecs. 2 Spain. 3 France. 4 Confections. History. 4 Tuesdays. Kids 9+ Curious Minds Unite HERE

Au 17 Tue 6 Republic of Detours: How the New Deal Paid Broke Writers to Rediscover America. WPA “gathering reams of folklore, narratives of formerly enslaved people, and even recipes.” author Scott Borchert. New England Historic Genealogical Society HERE

Au 17 Tue 6 Etiquette of the Brahmin Summer. “rituals, pastimes, and domesticity of the Gibson family” in their summer homes. Robert B. Dimmick. The Gibson House $12 HERE

Au 17 Tue 6:30 Pasta Lover’s Tour of Italy. Francine Segan. AARP, not have to be member. HERE

Au 18 Wed 12-12:45 Homegrown Foodways in West Virginia series: Foraging and Relations with Jonathan Hall. Film. Ramps. Library of Congress. Info and tape HERE

Au 18 Wed 7-9 Drinking Whisky in Japan: A Spirit Travel Series Northern Japan. Kurt Maitland. Museum of Distilled Spirits $30 HERE

Au 18 Wed 8 A talk by Odessa Piper. Culinary Historians of Chicago HERE

Au 19 Thur 11:30 The Role of Insect Eating in Human Diets, Past and Present. Dr. Julie Lesnik. Smithsonian Natural History Museum. DC HERE

Au 19 Thur 6:30-8:30 The History of Scotch Whisky. “origins of spirit, its eventual arrival into Scotland and how the process was refined… ight against government and taxmen; halcyon days and the dark days; its global reach…” David McNicoll. Brooklyn Brainery. $7 HERE

Au 20 Fri 8-9:30 The Sweet and Stimulating History of Sugar and Coffee in Brooklyn. “Coffee King John Arbuckle and Sugar King Henry Osborne Havemeyer… 86% of the nation’s coffee and 98% of its sugar were roasted and refined in Brooklyn.” New York Adventure Club. $10 tape for week HERE

Au 21 Sat 11:30 Noah's Pudding, a Turkish Dessert. Atlantic Institute SC HERE. TAPE may be HERE

Au 21 Sat 1 Sicily, Italy's Top 10 Iconic Dishes. Michael Sampson. Context Travel $36.50 HERE

Au 21 Sat 1:30 Taste of China: Fried Rice. Cultured Kids Cuisine age 6+ HERE

Au 21 Sat 5 What to Eat in Naples: A Culinary Saunter Along the Amalfi Coast. Francine Segan. Context Travel $36.50 HERE

Au 22 Sun 1 Preserving Family Recipes: Writing a Culinary Memoir. Jennifer Cognard-Black. Context Travel $36.50 HERE

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Aug 24 Tue 9AM More than Just Buns: Dining Out with The Georgians. “dined out in pubs, French Ordinaries, and Confectioners. They ate all kinds of street food and had an almost insatiable appetite for buns.” Dr Peter Ross. Guildhall Library UK HERE

Au 24 Tue 9:30-10:45AM Everything But the Khale: The Jewish Mezze (and Forshpayz!) Table. “forshpayz ("before foods" in Yiddish) of Ashkenazi cuisine and the glorious mezze table of Sephardic cuisine.” Leah Koenig. “Explore Yiddish culture through food.” KlezKanada 2021 Cooking Class Series $20 HERE

Aug 24 Tue 1 History of Chocolate - A Hands On Adventure. Day 1 Maya, Aztecs. 2 Spain. 3 France. 4 Confections. History. 4 Tuesdays. Kids 9+ Curious Minds Unite HERE

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Au 24 Tue 7 Betty Crocker and Her Cookbook That Changed How America Cooks. “2021 marks the 100th anniversary of Betty Crocker.” Dr. Leslie Goddard. Somerset County Library System of New Jersey HERE

Au 24 Tue 7:30 Courtly and Highly Prized: Dutch Traders in the 17th Century Chesapeake. Dr. Christian Koot author of Empire at the Periphery: British Colonists, Anglo-Dutch Trade, and the Development of the British Atlantic, 1621-1713. Historic Annapolis $15 HERE

Au 24 Tue 8-10 When Sitting Bull Came to Dinner...An Immigrant Homesteader's Experience. “Sharon Hudgins… delves into her [Dell] family history and uncovers the documented life of the Dells on the last frontier in the 1800s.” Culinary Historians of Northern Illinois. In-person or via ZOOM $7 HERE

Au 25 Wed 9:30-10:45AM Kikhl: Plain and Fancy. Laurel Kratochvila. “Explore Yiddish culture through food.” KlezKanada 2021 Cooking Class Series $20 HERE

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Aug 26 Thur 10-11:30 Preserve at Home: Dehydrated Food. Eleanor Frederick, Ivelisse Colon. N.C. Cooperative Extension HERE

Au 26 Thu 12 BLS-Heirloom Tomato Varieties: Growing Them and Saving Their Seed. N.C. Cooperative HERE

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  1. Dear Patricia, I'm trying to find the reference to Francatelli's daughter in Whitehead'a The Steward's Handbook. Can you advise me where to look? It would be much appreciated. I'd like not to have to go through the whole book page by page... Colin Smythe

    1. She became destitute and there was an appeal for money (F seems not to have made money from his most popular book). I quoted that part of Whitehead's in one of my Francatelli blog posts -