food, history, rural life, and how we connect our cultural past and future
Leni cooks on the Monticello Stew Stove
I had so much fun a few weeks ago. I did my first livestream from the historic Monticello kitchen. I’ve always loved to cook on the hearth but this time I cooked on the stew stove while fielding questions from the virtual audience. I made Apple Compote with fruit raised there on the mountain top. While I stirred the pot and shoveled hot coals, I got to answer questions from the viewers about the skills and lives of the enslaved cooks who worked in that kitchen from 1809-1826 and cookery in that long ago era. I hope you enjoy watching this as much as I enjoyed doing it.