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Learn to Cook in an 18th Century "Gourmet Kitchen"

May 15, 2006

van-cortlandt-manor-open-hearth-kitchen.jpgAn open-hearth cooking workshop featuring authentic 18th Century recipes is being held on Saturday, May 20, 2006 from 10-2 p.m., at Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 South Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson.

Led by Van Cortlandt’s staff of colonial culinary experts, attendees will gather ingredients and prepare the dishes for cooking over the open hearth in the site’s reproduction tenant house. The workshop, entitled “The Tastes of Spring,” will feature recipes that call for the fresh items colonists would eat after a long winter.

Recipes used will be a combination of Van Cortlandt family recipes, as well as recipes from the “receipt book” (as cookbooks used to be called) of Hannah Glasse of England, whose very successful “The Art of Cookery,” published in 1747, was one of the first cookbooks aimed at the mass market.

The day includes a tour of the Van Cortlandt grounds and 18th-Century stone manor house, the centerpiece of the property. It features a collection of Georgian and Federal period furnishings, many original to Van Cortlandt Manor. Of particular note is an extraordinary kitchen on the ground floor, with original hearth, beehive oven, and extensive collection of cooking equipment and utensils. Also on the grounds is an 18th-Century ferry house situated on the historic Albany Post Road at the site of a ferry crossing over the Croton River. The ferry house showcases a collection of vernacular Hudson River Valley furnishings.

Admission includes lunch and the manor tour and is $40, $35 for members of Historic Hudson Valley. Reservations: 914-631-8200, ext. 618. Information: www.hudsonvalley.org.



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