Hearth cooking demo program, Sept. 13

The Monadnock Center will launch its annual Hearth Cooking Saturdays program series on Sept. 13. This first of four Saturdays will feature authentic 18th-century recipes cooked over the open hearth in the Center’s Phoenix Mill House.

The September menu is focused on herb recipes and visitors will sample farced cucumbers, a meat and vegetable hash seasoned with herbs and cider vinegar, mushroom ketchup, herb bread and mint tea. The ingredients have been locally sourced with herbs from the mill house garden and other ingredients from area farms.

The recipes have been found in 18th-century cookbooks and are prepared using historic cookware and cooking techniques.

The Phoenix Mill House is a c. 1800 Cape Cod house and is located behind the Monadnock Center’s main building.

Additional Hearth Cooking Saturdays will be held on Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 13.

While the cooking is happening in the millhouse kitchen, Monadnock Center volunteer and retired physician John Patterson will be sharing information about historic medicines in the mill house’s parlor.

This drop-in program is offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Visitors may come and go as they like, spending a few minutes or an hour watching the cooking process and learning about life in the 18th century.

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