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Old 05-21-2016, 08:57 PM   #1
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Let's get Medieval!

Hey friends,

I'm an English professor and bookseller from Eastern PA. I love researching and reviving historical recipes, foraging, and particularly cooking and baking on an open fire (when I can).

I also cook in the house, I'm the main chef in our household, wife and I have a deal, I take care of the food, and she does the laundry. We tried alternating and, well, we have a lot of pink shirts that used to be white, and the local pizza delivery guy still got invited to the wedding. Decided to stick to what we prefer and do well.

So in the house, we love the slow cooker, our pressure cooker, a variety of cast iron. Tend to cook a lot of stews, big casseroles, stuff that can be portioned out and reheated. (we have hectic schedules, so we like things that can be cooked ahead and are grab and go).

Not to say we don't have a blow out every now and then, and just cook a ridiculous dinner.

Always trying to expand my repertoire of recipes and techniques. I've baked my own bread for quite some time (have a sourdrough starter that is ten years old, and has survived a move to Oklahoma and back), but recently been trying to figure out pies and pastry.

And, of course, we go camping once a month, so I always like suggestions for campfire cooking and food.

Hope to have some fun and share some recipes with you.

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Old 05-21-2016, 09:02 PM   #2
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Old 05-21-2016, 10:49 PM   #3
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Welcome! It sounds like you have a lot of fun and have things to share. 😊


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Old 05-21-2016, 11:09 PM   #4
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Old 05-21-2016, 11:32 PM   #5
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Eat anything you want, but make it yourself.
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Jen, love this. can I use it?

We had a health scare, and changed how we eat. Basically we had to drop our bad cholesterol and manage weight. I decided we were eating too much processed shite, and got a plan going where we only eat our own cooking and we try to cook from scratch whenever possible.

It is not absolute, we all love a muffin from the bodega, or as a treat a delivery pizza on movie night. I try to, though, make *most* of what we eat made in our kitchen, by me, from food I buy as best and green as I can.

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Old 05-22-2016, 12:03 AM   #6
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Of course! The idea came from a nutritionist I visited years ago.

Mass producing food requires added salt, sugar and all kinds of other things we would not put in our food in our own kitchens.

So if you make it yourself, you are cutting out a lot of that... But also it may take the steam out of the desire for it. Soft pretzels anyone? 😏

Amazing you have made this effort and transformation! This is not easy! ❤️


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Old 05-22-2016, 01:15 AM   #7
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Welcome to DC. If you love historical recipes, then you should take a trip to Radcliff College in Cambridge, MA. They have a library that is dedicated to recipes written only by women dating back to the days of the Renaissance.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radcliffe_College

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Old 05-22-2016, 02:13 AM   #8
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...I also cook in the house, I'm the main chef in our household, wife and I have a deal, I take care of the food, and she does the laundry. We tried alternating and, well, we have a lot of pink shirts that used to be white...
Himself (my hubby) has a cousin Rick in Allentown. Well, actually, he has a TON of relatives in the greater Allentown area. Rick tried doing laundry. Turned the family underwear pink, including his dear wife's expensive bras. He's banned from laundry, so he cooks instead.

Anyway, welcome to DC! I've done some cooking from The Williamsburg Cookbook and City Tavern cookbook, but I'm not skilled enough to cook the old way. Himself, who does only grilling and reheating in this house, is hooked on videos by James Townsend and Son. His business is basically supplying historical reenactors with the goods they need to carry on, but he has hundreds of cooking videos on Youtube.
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:37 AM   #9
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Welcome to DC.

Along the same line as Jeni78's sig, some years ago I read that you should shop the periphery of the grocery store for a healthier diet.
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Old 05-22-2016, 08:18 AM   #10
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Hi TBS Welcome to DC.

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