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    Welcoming a Friend to Spice Up Our Blog

    Friend and historian Barbara Wells Sarudy runs a fabulous blog called Early American Gardens. We have been fans of it (and her!) for a while now. She finds the most enchanting photographs and tidbits of history that show us the ways that gardens enriched and infused the lives of our American ancestors. She allows us both to imagine what it felt like “back then” to be engaged in gardens, whether personal, institutional or commercial, and to imagine what historians generations from now might say about us!

    Wouldn’t it be great, we thought after a while, if Barbara could create some blog posts focused on America’s orchards, fruit gardens and fruited foodways? And we can repost them here!

    And so it is: Barbara has graciously agreed to post orchard-related blogs from time to time for us to re post (and retweet).

    You can find her first such posting here about an 18th century Apple Tansey recipe. The correspondence with our work, though, goes beyond the ingredients of the recipe. As Barbara explains:

    “Londoner Eliza Smith wrote in the beginning of her 1727 book on being a complete housewife that ladies might use the information in her book for their ‘private families, or such publick-spirited gentlewomen as would be beneficent to their poor neighbours.'”  

    These are recipes published for private use and to assist the generous of spirit to create healthy and delicious food that could contribute to the public welfare. Kudos to Eliza Smith!

    May the “publick-spirit” continue to inspire and speed our work.

    (Barbara, thank you for this wonderful gift!)

    And check out Barbara’s enchanting book, Gardens and Gardening in the Chesapeake: 1700-1805.

     

     

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