My knitting group started an annual knitting dinner tradition a few years ago. Last night was our 3rd annual dinner. We decided to add a theme to the dinner - and given my proclivity for Old Sturbridge Village ("OSV") this past year, we chose an OSV dinner theme. I even bought the cookbook - Old Sturbridge Village Cookbook (recipes from around 1830) and a companion The First American Cookbook (a facscimile of American Cookery of 1796).
Most of the receipts [sic] have a hearth method and modern method for cooking. Nothing is too complicated or has too many ingredients. But we improvised a little, especially when there were no modern methods offered.
Here's a picture of the roast chicken on a string, but I was pretty certain BF would veto any cooking that involved lighting a fire in the fireplace and cooking inside it. I might reserve this method for a future campout.
I roasted two whole chickens (for the first time ever, I might add) using Martha Stewart's Easy Roasted Chicken recipe. One I followed the recipe verbatim. The other I added sprigs of rosemary and thyme. I highly recommend this recipe - it was so easy! And it was roasted in my oven - not my fireplace, so everyone was happy.
I set the table for 13 and decorated with some tin smith star garlands I found on sale after Christmas.
I made a centerpiece out of fresh fruit. I removed the center of the pineapple leaves - just enough to place a candle - and created a centerpiece. I got the idea from Country Living.
I continued the tin smith star theme to each individual place setting.
Our dinner menu included many things - but we used the following recipes from the OSV cookbook as a starting point
- pounded cheese
- roast chicken (not on a string!)
- shepherd's pie
- fried parsnips
- corn bread (in those adorable mini cornstick pans)
- salad with OSV dressing
- roasted winter vegetables
- wafer cookies (e.g. krumkakes)
It was a wonderful evening to celebrate another great year of friendship, fiber, fun and family.