RECIPE CORNER: Recipes for 250th celebration

By Ginger Isham

I hope many of you will attend the potluck supper on March 4 at 6 p.m. before Town Meeting. I am including recipes for dishes from the late 1700s and 1800s that I hope you will try and bring to the supper.


New England Baked Beans 

(modified from Colonial Cookbook)

2 cups yellow eye beans (dry)

3/4 teaspoon salt  (a pinch will do)

2 tablespoons molasses

1/3 pound salt pork (can use 1/4 pound bacon, partially cooked)

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

1 small onion peeled (add to beans without chopping)

Rinse beans and let soak in two quarts of cold water overnight. Combine beans and water with remaining ingredients in large casserole dish. Bake, covered, in 250- to 300-degree oven for six to eight hours, adding water as needed to keep beans covered at all times. Or, use a crock pot.


Pickled Beets 

(modified from Colonial Cookbook)

A great accompaniment with baked beans (always in our house). You might want to halve the amounts.

1 gallon sliced or diced beets (canned beets)

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon salt (a pinch will do)

2 cups cider vinegar

2 cups beet juice

1 teaspoon allspice

Drain the beets, saving juice. Place beets in sterilized jars. Bring other ingredients to a slow simmering boil and pour over beets. Screw on jar covers to seal, following safe canning procedures. (Can place beets in large kettle and add hot liquid and cool and put in jars in refrigerator. Will keep for several weeks.)


Molasses Pie 

(modified from Colonial Cookbook)

Pie pastry

3 eggs

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup molasses

1/2 teaspoon salt (a pinch will do)

1/4 cup melted butter

1 cup chopped pecans

1 teaspoon vanilla

Line 9-inch pan with pie crust. Beat eggs, sugar, molasses, salt and butter together and cook gently until sugar is dissolved and mixture has syrupy consistency. Add pecans and vanilla. Pour into pie crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes.

Ginger Isham lives with her husband on a fifth generation family farm on Oak Hill Road.