Chefs and Slaves: The Cooks in Jefferson’s Kitchens

Originally published as: Fossett, Gillette, Hemings, and Hern: Putting Names to Monticello’s Cooks http://www.kitchensisters.org/hidden_kitchens/herculeshemings_story27.htm This is an excerpt from my foodways lecture series entitled “Fossett, Gillette, Hemings, and Hern: Putting Names to Monticello’s Cooks.” Edith Hern Fossett and Frances Gillette Hern, two young women from Monticello were trained at the President’s House to meet the …

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Thanksgiving Traditions in Virginia 200 years ago

Originally published as: Slow Food – before Thanksgiving – 200 years ago – 1813 – food traditions in Virginia – http://www.slowfoodusa.org/thanksgiving In Virginia of the Jeffersonian Era as the dark days of late fall and early winter closed in people would begin to harvest fall vegetables and meats for the table.  The wealthiest families already …

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