Inside the CHS

10 Eggs, a Pint of Brandy

March 6, 2013 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

One of our current exhibitions is Cooking by the Book: Amelia Simmons to Martha Stewart, an exploration of food in Connecticut from the colonial times to the present. The developers read any number of cookbooks in preparation. In the collections here at CHS we have a large assortment of both printed and manuscript recipes gathered by…
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Connecticut’s Lost Picnic Areas

June 11, 2013 · Collections ·

Just about every Sunday in the 1950s, our family would pile in the car, and my father would drive to Dick’s, the local filling station, and get one dollar’s worth of gas. Then we would head off to the back roads of Connecticut, frequently stopping for lunch at one of the many roadside rests scattered…
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“Hey, you turkey!” and Other Random Thanksgiving Thoughts

November 28, 2013 · Collections ·

If anyone is reading this, chances are you are still sleepily digesting the remains of Thanksgiving dinner*—or perhaps you are in line waiting for stores to open their doors this evening…  In any event, Thanksgiving, one of the major national holidays, is upon us once again. Based on travel statistics this holiday sees more people…
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The Unexpected History Of American Food

April 14, 2018 · ·

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Your answer depends on what you define as “weird”. Culinary historian Sarah Lohman will reveal how fashions and trends affect the way Americans eat, turning yesterday’s “yum” into tomorrow’s “yuck” – or vice versa!

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