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Philadelphia Pepper Pot Soup

The Pepperpot Street Vendor by John LewisKrimmel This soup has a fascinating history steeping in American mythology. The soup is said to have been invented by a man named Christopher Ludwick in the winter of 1777-1778 during General Washington’s encampment at Valley … Continue reading

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Philly Cheesesteak

Side Note: Vol. 2 Philly Cheesesteak The Philadelphia Cheesesteak is an iconic classic of American cooking in general and Mid-Atlantic cooking in particular.  The dish is said to have originated from a hot dog vendor in the 1930’s.  There are many variations … Continue reading

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Pickled Watermelon

“The best time to pick a strange watermelon is in the dark of the moon.” “If a women steps over a watermelon vine, it will stop its growth.” –          Southern Folklore                 Pickled watermelon is considered a southern delicacy, but … Continue reading

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Sally Lunn Bread

This recipe is a transplant from England to the Mid – Atlantic region.  Legend has it that the recipe was invented in Bath, England about 1680 and a woman named Solange Luyon who made and sold these cakes and buns … Continue reading

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History of the Beaten Biscuits

Beaten Biscuits                 Beaten biscuits are a classic Mid Atlantic tradition and are marked by several distinctive traits.  The classic fork tines in the top allow the bread to cook properly as well as give it its distinctive appearance.  They … Continue reading

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History of the: Crab Cakes

 Crab Cakes No other dish so signifies Maryland cuisine as the crab cake. This dish has transcended all culinary frontiers.  Every cuisine in the world has adapted this basic dish and made it their own.  It can be made with … Continue reading

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History of: Chow Chow Pickle

Chow Chow Pickle Chow Chow is a pickled relish that can be transformed into much more.  A properly constructed recipe for this dish can touch on all five of the taste sensations. Sweet:  Sugar Bitter: Turmeric Sour: Vinegar Spicy: Chilies … Continue reading

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