I’m sure many of you are looking forward to celebrating the Fourth of July tomorrow with your friends and family, especially all the delicious food that’s sure to be on the table! While fireworks and “Stars and Stripes Forever” may be the holiday standard for some, Fourth of July also seems to be synonymous with picnics, ice cream, pie, hot dogs and hamburgers, and many other summer treats. For those of you who haven’t yet gone to the grocery store to shop for your Independence Day feast, I encourage you to take some inspiration from the Fourth of July menu from the 1887 edition of the White House Cookbook.
The White House Cookbook was a national release, so it isn’t necessarily going to represent what the average Iowa farm wife would prepare; after all, the seafood would be a little tricky to obtain. Despite that fact, I still find it fun to look at and I particularly enjoyed seeing fried chicken as the breakfast meat…what a job first thing in the morning! If your interest is piqued, come out to the 1900 Farm and take a look at the White House Cookbook for these and many other exciting period recipes.