Recipes

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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…



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Burdock Root

Burdock root is a medicinal herb and food that has powerful anti-tumor, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties. Burdock root is one of the top recommended herbal remedies for cancer due to the belief that it…


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Plantain edible weed

Plantain (Plantago major) is a weed commonly found in the wild and (much to suburbanites’ dismay) the lawns of almost everyone living in temperate climates. It is traditionally used to treat minor cuts and a…


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Basic Bannock Recipe

Basic Bannock Recipe courtesy Karen Hood This recipe for bannock will come in handy during a day hike or an overnight camping trip. Mix the ingredients at home and then seal them in a zip-lock…



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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…