Jas. Townsend and Son

The Crumpet Controversy

Published on Nov 28, 2016 Sometimes while doing research for 18th Century Cooking we run into a recipe that is a little confusing and sometimes controversial. Kevin joins Jon in the kitchen today to make…



A Harvest Succotash

A few months ago we prepared a summertime succotash using fresh corn and beans. Today’s recipe is for a harvest version that uses dried ingredients instead. It’s a much heartier dish than its sweet-corn cousin,…



1796 Pound Cakes!

Today’s recipe is for a traditional “Pound Cake.” This comes from Amelia Simmons’s 1796 cookbook, “American Cookery.” While it’s called a cake, there are clues in the text that this was intended to be made…




Today we prepare an absolutely wonderful roast beef recipe from the “Domestic Economy” cookbook written in 1794 by Maximilian Hazelmore. The Dutch oven was perfectly suited for use on the frontier. One can fry in…