Posts About Historic Recipes

By Katelyn Shaver, Educator, San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site

Before refrigeration and canning there was hardtack: the original MRE (meals ready to eat). Hardtack was a flat, hard cracker made of flour, water, and salt. Holes were poked in the dough to make sure it stayed flat, and it was baked several times in order to remove the water. It didn’t taste great, but...

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Tex Mex plate

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of The Medallion.

By Andy Rhodes, Managing Editor of The Medallion

Culinary customs are often a matter of taste, but temperatures may rise when opinions differ about the proper “traditional” approach. 

Take, for example, the modest molcajete, a staple in kitchens of South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. The...

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This article originally appeared in the July/August 2005 issue of The Medallion.

Article and photos by Andy Rhodes, Managing Editor The Medallion

Mention the word barbecue in Texas and two things are bound to happen. First, people’s hunger juices will start flowing; second, a debate will ensue about the best way to prepare the meat.

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Historic brewers

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of The Medallion.

Article and photos by Andy Rhodes, The Medallion Managing Editor

In the mid-1800s, Germans arriving in Texas were only a few decades removed from the first Oktoberfest in Bavaria. On October 12, 1810, the citizens of Munich were invited to the royal wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess...

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By Christi Morgan, Museum Store Manager and Rental Coordinator, Fulton Mansion State Historic Site

Something that I truly enjoy doing is cooking. Now that I am home and have more time to devote to this hobby, I have been looking at some of our historical recipes found in Harriet’s Kitchen, a cookbook of Fulton family, Victorian, and staff favorite recipes that can be purchased...

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Mole cooking demonstration

By Emiliano “Nano” Calderon, Casa Navarro Site Educator

In 2017, Casa Navarro State Historic Site hosted a series of Make Your Own Mole workshops that built off previous historic foodways programs. Mole is a rich sauce in Mexican cuisine that is traditionally prepared during the holidays. The 2014 Mole Navarro workshop featured a mole cooking demonstration and a presentation on the...

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Salsa de Chile Pasilla y Vinagre

By Emiliano “Nano” Calderon, Site Educator, Casa Navarro State Historic Site

La Cocina en el Bolsillo is a series of pocket-sized cookbooks published at the turn of the 20th century in Mexico City by Antonio Venegas Arroyo. The multi-volume series is lined with a number of traditional recipes for everything from mole sauces to albondigas fingidas (fake meatballs). The cookbooks were...

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A preheated adobe oven ready for baking.

By Brandon Aniol, Educator, Landmark Inn State Historic Site & Emiliano ‘Nano’ Calderon, Educator, Casa Navarro State Historic Site

Tejanos and European immigrants in Texas used outdoor earthen ovens to bake a variety of foods. Brandon Aniol, Landmark Inn’s site educator and Emiliano, ‘Nano’ Calderon, Casa Navarro’s site educator, set out to successfully build and operate an horno...

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Bake the Old-School Way at the Pumpkin Pie Open-Hearth Cooking Class at Landmark Inn

By Brandon Aniol, Landmark Inn State Historic Site Educator

Pumpkin pie is perhaps the best pie you’ve never actually made. With Christmas rapidly approaching, Landmark Inn State Historic Site in Castroville has the solution for you. Through May 2017, Landmark Inn’s open-hearth historic cooking classes will explore how common dishes were prepared over an open-hearth fire 150 years...

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“Corn smut” or huitlacoche.

By Lester Velazquez-Po, Casa Navarro Customer Service Representative

You may have heard about “corn smut”—a parasitic fungus that attacks corn—impeding the normal growth of the plant and its produce. Predictably, many corn growers worldwide destroy the crops affected by it.

However, this seemingly destructive fungus is actually fit for human consumption. In Mexico, it is known...

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