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From the Farm Kitchen

Everyday, we cook, saute’, steam, and bake on a word burning stove just like the farm ladies of 1900 would.  On this page, we share a few of the recipes with you.  Give them a try in your kitchen, but keep a few things in mind:

In most cases we will provide both the historic recipe and our interpretation of it (if necessary).  We may also provide substitution or annotation ideas.  Remember though, you are the cook, you have the final say, a recipe presents mere….guidelines.  I hope you have a good time trying out some historic dishes just like we do.  If something doesn’t turn out and you would like recommendations, let us know, or better yet, come and visit and see how it is done.

If you would like to learn techniques for cooking on a word burning stove or hints on baking fresh bread, check out our education classes in the fall and winter months.  In these classes an instructor guides you step by step in completing a historic meal.


Full list of Recipes


Basic Biscuits

Basic Bread Dough, or Dinner Rolls

Main Dishes

Chicken Gumbo

Chicken in a Basket


Side Dishes

Corn and Tomato Casserole

Forced Asparagus

Green Beans a la Poulette

Fried Cucumbers

Green Peas a la Francaise

Creamed Peas

Macaroni and Cheese


Quick German Coffee Cake

Demi-glacé aux Fraises

Ice Cream

Lady Fingers

Custard, Pistachio, and Coffee Ice Creams

Molasses Cup Cakes

Molasses Cookies

Queen Fritters, Chocolate Fritters with Vanilla Sauce

Apple and Pineapple Fritters

Pie Crust

Apple, Pear, Peach, and Rhubarb Pies

Rhubarb Pie (a different way)

Devil’s Cake (No.1)

Strawberry Jam

Double Layer Chocolate Cake with Cinnamon Filling and Chocolate Frosting

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Sue Blunt permalink
    November 20, 2012 9:15 am

    1900 Farm was a wonderful experience! Perfect in every way! I would love to have the recipe again for the ‘Stuff and Ham’. Would it be possible to get a copy?

    • November 27, 2012 10:05 am

      Sue – I am not familiar with that specific recipe, did you have it when you came to dinner? We have a wonderful ham recipe that I will post shortly, and let me know if you have any more specifics about that particular recipe (like what cookbook it came from). I will look around as well and see what I can find.

  2. Susan Bartholomew permalink
    June 29, 2017 10:45 pm

    When we had a German dinner at Living History Farm we ate a cauliflower dish with cheeses and nutmeg. I’ve lost the recipe and I wonder if I could get a new copy of that recipe

    • June 30, 2017 9:59 am

      We have the recipe in our archives from the Historic Dinner cooks. We’ll send you an email with the recipe attached. Thanks!

  3. Susan Bartholomew permalink
    June 29, 2017 10:47 pm

    Is there a cookbook of the recipes you use that I could purchase

    • June 30, 2017 9:59 am

      We have some cookbooks available for purchase in our MarketPlace Museum Store, along with some recipe cards that feature recipes from some of our Historic Dinners. Our Historic Dinner cooks choose recipes from several sources and try to come up with different recipes each season, so there’s not one cookbook that would have everything.

  4. Kendra Heidt permalink
    January 5, 2018 8:10 am

    Hello! My husband and I had a great time celebrating our anniversary a couple of years back at one of your historical dinners (I can’t remember which one it was, though). At the end of the evening, they gave us a copy of all the recipes used, which was so nice! I’ve made your carrot soup (“Puree of Carrots a la Crecy” is how it was listed on the Bill of Fare) several times and we love it! My daughter had her wisdom teeth pulled yesterday and was asking for that soup, but I can’t seem to find my recipe anywhere. Can you please email me a copy?


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