Food Traditions

From cured hams to shucky beans, autumn is a season of culinary bounty in the commonwealth. In commemoration of “The Year of Kentucky Food,” the Kentucky Historical Society is collecting Kentucky MEdia Bank submissions about Kentucky food traditions from October through December. Share your stories and photos of cakes, pies, main dishes, BBQs, gardens, crops,

Stories ⋅ June 7, 2018

Fruit-drying Box

Woman and three children standing next to a large fruit-drying box. Kentucky Historical Society, Robert Burns Stone Collection, Graphic 20  

Photos ⋅ October 2, 2018

Beaten Biscuits Board

This beaten biscuits board was given to my mother by Hugh Wood of eastern Kentucky in 1972. My mom made a few cookbooks and shared her recipe for beaten biscuits in those cookbooks. It is the recipe my sisters and I grew up with and what my dad remembers from his youth. Mom passed away

Stories ⋅ November 26, 2018

Pouring Molasses

Man pouring freshly-made sorghum molasses into buckets ca. 1940-50 in Sebree (Webster Co.), Ky. Ohio River Portrait Project, 1990PH02, contributed by Mary Edith

Photos ⋅ October 2, 2018

Kraut Cutter

This cabbage shredder and box belonged to Mary Ruth Slaton, whose diary is in the Kentucky Historical Society collections and used in the depression-era kitchen of our “A Kentucky Journey” permanent exhibit. Mary Ruth mentions using some of the items from this collection in her daily journal. For example, in an entry dated Aug. 7,

Photos ⋅ October 2, 2018

Simple Snacks

I have been working on a publication for several years about quick-fix snacks that are never found in cookbooks.

Stories ⋅ November 14, 2018
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