Category: The Townsends

The Freshest Breakfast Sausage (1808 Recipe)

We have another very special episode today! Marie Schultz, from Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford, NY, shares with us a very simple but absolutely delicious recipe for fresh pork sausage. Marie is a long-time historical interpretor at the village. For today's episode, she draws upon Hannah Glasse's 1808 book "Plain and Fancy" as well a similar recipe passed down from her great-grandmother. We hope you enjoy this! If you're ever in the Rochester, NY, area, be sure to put Genesee Country Village & Museum on your itinerary! You won't regret it!

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Switchel

Today we prepare what would have been an 18th Century equivalent of a modern energy drink. This revitalizing drink was served to tuckered field hands and sailors. RECIPE: Start with a half gallon of drinking water. Add half a cup of unsulfured molasses, a quarter cup of apple-cider vinegar, and a heaping tablespoon of powdered ginger. Stir very well.

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Swanky & Gruit

In today's episode, Jon is transported back to 1836 as he visits Prairietown, part of Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers, Indiana. Martha Zimmerman (portrayed by historical interpreter Kim McCann) shares a small beer recipe with Jon for "Pennsylvania Swankey", as well as a recipe for "Gruit".

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Mead Cider Perry

Mead was a very popular drink during the 17th century and before, but fell out of favor by the 18th century due to the rise of Beer and Ale. Nevertheless, recipes for Mead can be found in books written in the 1700's and today Jon goes in depth on this fascinating drink.

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