Discusses what life was like for Americans during the Civil War; follows a year in the lives of two fictional families: a white family from the South and a black family from the North; and presents projects and activities from that time period.
From the whippoorwill's call on the first day of spring through the first snowfall, Edna and members of her family gather fruits, berries, and vegetables from the fields, garden, and orchard on their Virginia farm and turn them into wonderful meals. Includes facts about the life of Edna Lewis, a descendant of slaves who grew up to be a famous chef, and five recipes.
Chapters discuss different time periods in American history, focusing on typical foods and cooking styles. Includes recipes for such dishes as pumpkin bread, Virginia ham with cherry sauce, and buckwheat griddle cakes.
Presents information about life in Virginia, South Carolina, and Mississippi between 1770 and 1860 and provides instructions for making such related projects as a Commonplace book, a folk remedy for colds, a recipe for Hoppin' John, and a girls' game called Graces.
Cooking methods and recipes as done by Virginia's colonists. Recipes are drawn from period cookbooks by Mrs. Custis, Mrs. Randolph, Mrs. Glasse, and numerous others. Dressing trout, stewing oysters, making ice cream, dressing mutton, and layering trifles were part and parcel of colonial cooking.
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