Join Liz from Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum for her demo on historic cake baking; she's making a very traditional historic seed cake but without seeds - LOL! Seeds such as caraway, fennel and anise were commonly incorporated into sweets--sugar plums are actually sugar-coated seeds (also called comfits)--nothing to do with fruit plums. But not everyone today likes seeds, so Liz gets a pass for their omission!
Watch Liz and Nate from Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum make a squirrel pie using a reproduction clay Cobb oven!
Join Liz from Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum for a look at the history of chocolate!
Howard County Egg-Nog
Old Howard County Receipt of Charles Worthington Dorsey Ligon, Howard County; Maryland's Way, The Hammond-Harwood House Cook Book (Annapolis, 1963).
Ingredients: 6 eggs, 1 full quart brandy or if scant, 1 gill peach brandy (this makes it better), ½ cup sugar or less, 1 quart thin cream, nutmeg.
Directions: Beat yolks and sugar together until very light, add brandy little by little beating all the time. Then add 2/3 of the egg whites beaten very stiff; add cream and flavor with nutmeg. Put a little of the sugar in rest of egg whites and put on top. Dust with nutmeg.
Recipe Tested by Teresa Marcus
Watch Liz at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum make holiday mince pies and learn about their history.
Watch Claudia Kousoulas and Ellen Letourneau of Montgomery County make these delicious sweet buns out of butternut squash in a video segment produced by the Bay Bulletin & Chesapeake Bay Magazine.
Try your hand at making these delicious sweet buns using Claudia and Ellen's recipe!
Follow Liz at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum to learn how to make an 18th century French soup recipe using roasted pumpkin, an American staple.
Highlighting acorns, wild peas,
purple passionflower, and persimmon.
Filmed at the Woodland Indian Village located at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (October 15, 2022)
Learn about the history of corn with Liz from Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in St. Leonard, Maryland..
Discover the history and use of pawpaws in this informative video produced by the staff at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in St. Leonard, Maryland.
Frederick Douglass was born in about 1818 to Harriet Bailey, an enslaved worker In Talbot County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and was separated from her while still an infant. Click link below to read about his final visit with her when she presented him with a heart-shaped ginger cake, along with a Maryland's Way, The Hammond-Harwood House Cook Book recipe for Ginger Cakes.
Gertrude Bernadine Bean
Contributed by Robert Hurry, Registrar
Calvert Marine Museum
Gertrude Bernadine Somerville was born March 12, 1918, In Hollywood, St. Mary’s County, Maryland, and died August 24, 2000, in Calvert County. She was the daughter of Alice and John Somerville and received her education in St. Mary’s County public schools. In 1936, she married William Henry Bean of Dowell, Maryland, and they raised three children.
During her career as an oyster shucker, she worked in four oyster houses. In 1936, she learned to shuck oysters from other shuckers at Wilson Dowell’s oyster house. It was a five-minute walk from her home on Dowell peninsula. Her first day on the job, she shucked five gallons. Dowell had a small operation with just a few shuckers, and he could not get the oysters that bigger businesses could get, so after she shucked at Dowell’s for a while, she began working at Harry Woodburn’s oyster house. She and her husband, also an oyster shucker, used a rowboat to get to Solomons Island where Woodburn’s was located. When the creeks froze, it was a three mile walk by road. She shucked there until the business closed around 1940.
After Woodburn’s closed, she worked at J.C. Lore & Sons at Solomons for a while before moving to Warren Denton Seafood at Broomes Island. Denton sent a bus around to collect the shuckers. She worked there 27 years but grew tired of the commute because she had to get up very early to catch the bus, so she decided to return to Lore and worked there until it closed. The most she shucked in one day was 42 gallons of oysters.
When she was younger, Ms. Bean worked in the field planting and cutting tobacco. She also tried her hand at working on the water harvesting and selling soft shell clams and soft crabs. Briefly, she picked crabs for Daniel Barrett, but was not very fast. She even tried being a maid for a week but did not like the work. Bernadine, as she was known , then began shucking oysters in the winter and working as a cook at the Solomons Island Yacht Club in the summer months.
Her favorite pastimes when not working were fishing and singing. She was an active and faithful member of the St. John United Methodist Church in Lusby where she served in several capacities. She loved singing in the church choir and was president of its senior choir.
Interview with Gertrude Bean and others, 12/09/1982, PRP-PJR079-082, Patuxent River Folklife and Oral History Project, Calvert Marine Museum
“Going Home Celebration for Gertrude B. Bean (“Bernadine”) March 12, 1918 – August 24, 2000” [courtesy Ronald Clark Sr.]
U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 [courtesy Kirsti Uunila]
U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [courtesy Rebecca Morehouse]
U.S. Federal Census data, 1920, 1930, 1940, 1950
This advertisement was placed in The Baltimore Sun, July 1845 by Blair & Sultzer. Hams, bologna, sausages and crackers, cheese are offered for sale for parties and picnic excursions.
This recipe was submitted by LaWann Stribling of South Bowie in Prince George's County (by way of NW, Washington DC) and is associated with the descendants of enslaved African Americans.
Ever since I can remember, I absolutely love apple pie. Becoming homeless at 17 and a young mom at 19, I was determined to learn how to master baking an apple pie from scratch. It didn't happen that quickly yet I grew my cooking and baking skills from that point on. I leaned on my Grandmother for her recipes in my young adult years. At 33 years old I finally mastered how I think an apple pie should taste. Buttery, flaky apple spice deliciousness.
This video highlights a recipe for Sweet Potato Pone submitted to 300 Years of Cooking in St. Mary's County, Maryland by Theresa Young on Leonardtown. A history of sweet potatoes and pone is also covered.
This recipe combines baking with a 30-minute workout! Watch to learn how to make Maryland's iconic and very historic bread, the beaten biscuit. A hatchet or mallet will make this job a bit easier, but a wooden rolling pin works just fine, too.
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