Historical American Recipes

Recipe Inspired by Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn - Catfish and Collard Greens on The History Kitchen

Huckleberry Finn Catfish and Collard Greens

History professor Bruce Kraig shares a recipe for Southern Catfish and Greens from Chef Joe Randall, inspired by Mark Twain’s classic Huckleberry Finn. Read More

A recipe for Cider Cake with Caramel Frosting on The History Kitchen

American Cakes – Cider Cake

Gil Marks presents a recipe and detailed history for classic American Cider Cake with Caramel Frosting on The History Kitchen. Read More

The Secret History of Okra - Okra Soup Recipe on The History Kitchen

The Secret History of Okra – Okra Soup

Learn the history of okra, from its ancient origins to its African American roots, then try a historically-inspired recipe for peppery okra soup. Read More

Washington Cake on TheHistoryKitchen.com #recipe #history

American Cakes – Washington Cake

A traditional recipe for patriotic Washington Cake and the history behind the recipe from culinary historian Gil Marks. Read More

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Very Fancy Sandwiches

Learn to make simple, vintage fancy sandwiches for your next soiree. From wartime American Home Magazine. Read More

Strawberry Shortcake on TheHistoryKitchen.com #history #recipe #baking

American Cakes – The History of Strawberry Shortcake

American Cakes – the history of Strawberry Shortcake from food historian Gil Marks, and a delicious traditional recipe for Strawberry Shortcake. Read More

Crispy Baked Eggs on TheHistoryKitchen.com #history #vintage #recipe

Crispy Baked Eggs

Louise Mellor shares a vintage recipe for Crispy Baked Eggs from The General Foods Kitchens Cookbook and discusses the 1959 culinary landscape. Read More

Pumpkin Pudding

Thanksgiving, Lincoln and Pumpkin Pudding

Lincoln was the first president to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday. Read the history and learn a historical recipe for Pumpkin Pudding from Lincoln’s lifetime. Read More

Sarah Josepha Hale's Apple Pudding

Apple Pudding from the Mother of Thanksgiving

Learn about the life of Sarah Josepha Hale, the Mother of Thanksgiving in America, and try her historical recipe for Apple Pudding. American History Read More

Nutty Sweet Potato Casserole

Cooking on a Ration – Nutty Sweet Potato Casserole

Imagine only being allowed a certain amount of meat per week… a world where sugar is precious and worth saving… where a coupon booklet is the golden ticket one needs to purchase the basics. Today, we don’t think twice about buying … Read More

What the Union Soldiers Ate - Civil War Beef Stew on The History Kitchen.com

What the Union Soldiers Ate – Civil War Beef Stew

Learn what Union Soldiers ate during the Civil War, and try a historical recipe for Commissary Beef Stew from Captain James M. Sanderson. Read More

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Cucumber Rye Tea Sandwiches from “The Help”

Learn a traditional Southern recipe from the Oscar nominated movie The Help – Cucumber Rye Tea Sandwiches. Appetizer, Finger Food, Kosher, Dairy. Read More

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What Thomas Jefferson Ate – Marinated Asparagus

Historical recipe from the City Tavern Cookbook. Asparagus dressed the French way- olive oil, red wine vinegar, hard cooked egg, capers, herbs. Read More

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What Thomas Jefferson Ate – White Bean Soup

Learn a colonial recipe from Thomas Jefferson’s family at Monticello for White Bean Soup. Vegetarian, healthy, delicious historical recipe. Read More

Apple Bread Pudding with Cream Sauce

What Abraham Lincoln Ate – Apple Bread Pudding

Recipe for Apple Bread Pudding with Cream Sauce from Mary Todd Lincoln’s favorite cookbook, Miss Leslie’s Complete Cookery. Simple baked dessert. Read More

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Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Molasses Cookies

A delicious old-fashioned recipe for Molasses Cookies from Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House book series. Read More

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Rosa Parks’ Peanut Butter Pancakes

Learn to make Rosa Parks’ Featherlite Peanut Butter Pancakes with this vintage recipe and step-by-step photos. Read More

Elvis Presley Sunday Meatloaf

What Elvis Presley Ate – Sunday Meatloaf

Make Elvis Presley’s Sunday Meatloaf, a recipe from the Presley Family Cookbook, and learn about the Jewish ancestry of Elvis and his mother. Read More

Martha Washington's Preserved Cherries

What George Washington Ate – Preserved Cherries

How to preserve cherries in sugar syrup using a historical recipe from Martha Washington’s Booke of Cookery. George Washington’s favorite fruit was cherries! Read More

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What the Colonial Virginians Ate – Apple Tansey

Learn what the Colonial settlers of Virginia ate, then try a traditional colonial recipe for Apple Tansey. Food history. Read More