Learn hearth-side cooking in Colonial kitchen


September 19, 1994|By ROSALIE M. FALTER

Have you ever wondered how Maryland women prepared food for their families when they had to cook over an open fire?

It was not only possible for them to produce a complete meal, but the food they presented was delicious.

You are invited to see how this was done Saturday at the Hammond-Harwood House in Annapolis.

Watch Ferndale resident Sue Latini, an expert on hearth-side cooking, prepare tasty recipes in the historic Colonial kitchen. The free cooking demonstration and tasting is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as part of the "Annapolis 300 -- A Capital Celebration," marking the city's 300 years as the state capital.

Although there are many historical houses in Annapolis, Hammond-Harwood House is the only one with an original kitchen, said Stephen Patrick, the house's executive director.

"It is rarely used now, but it was our joy to make this kitchen available to Ms. Latini for this event. She is pretty well known throughout the state for her experience in hearth-side cooking. And she not only does the cooking, but she talks about what she does as she goes along," Mr. Patrick said.

Ms. Latini will prepare roasted chicken with herbs, fried potato balls with chives, stewed summer squash and tomatoes, baked Indian corn bread, roasted apples and baked pie for dessert.

She chose the recipes for the event from two cookbooks: "Maryland's Way," a collection of early Maryland recipes compiled by the Hammond-Harwood House, and her own cookbook on hearth cooking, which is to be released soon.

Since the house's cooking utensils are considered artifacts, Ms. Latini will bring her own equipment Saturday. She has been collecting early American utensils since 1985 when she began hearth cooking at the 1840 House Museum in Baltimore. Some of the utensils she will use are reproductions made by her $l husband, Bob, a sheet metal mechanic who developed an interest in reproduction tinware after she started hearth-side cooking.

Ms. Latini taught herself hearth cooking by doing research into fireplace cooking techniques and early American recipes. She has since worked at hearths in Old Salem, N.C.; Connors Prairie, Ind.; Shirley Plantation, Va.; Landis Valley, Pa.; and the Farmers Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.

At the 1840 House Museum, she is food historian and conducts cooking workshops using the museum's fireplace. She also has taught Colonial hearth cooking at Anne Arundel Community College.

The Hammond-Harwood House is on Maryland Avenue. For information on this event, please call 269-1714.


The Anne Arundel Alarmers Association is once again sponsoring a pancake and sausage breakfast as a fund-raiser.

Bring your family to the Ferndale Fire Hall from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday. Juice, coffee or tea and sausage is included. Bacon will be available as an option. Anyone wanting eggs can order them for an additional cost.

;/ The cost for breakfast is a donation of $3.


A Close Knit Group will have its meeting at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Linthicum Library.

Nominations for president, vice president, recording secretary, corresponding secretary and treasurer will be accepted. Nominations can be submitted before the meeting by calling Helen Holden at 837-2970. Nominations also will be accepted at the meeting. The election will be held at the group's October gathering.

The group will discuss the stitchers' Needlework Fair and Consumer Market scheduled Thursday through Sunday at Valley Forge, Pa. Train and shuttle bus information will be available.

Members also will vote on the bylaws at the meeting.

Eloise Vaughan, founder of the group, will conduct a hands-on session in the art of finishing sweaters. Ms. Vaughan will share her experience by demonstrating how to join seams and the correct way to finish the side seams.

Members should bring for practice two bound-off 4-by-4-inch squares knitted in the stockinette stitch and two 4-by-4-inch knitted squares remaining on the needle in the stockinette stitch.

For information, please call Helen Holden, president, at 837-2970.


The Episcopal Women's Group of the Church of St. Christopher is sponsoring a presentation on breast cancer at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the church undercroft.

The speaker will be Marsha Oakley, head of the St. Agnes Hospital mammography department and president of a support group for breast cancer patients.

There will be a short film, information handouts and refreshments. There is no charge to attend.

St. Christopher's is off West Maple Road between Camp Meade and Hammonds Ferry roads.

For additional information, please call the church office at 859-5633.


The Linthicum Ferndale Youth Athletic Association (LFYAA) Basketball Program will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the association field house.

The group invites anyone who is interested in coaching or assisting with the fall program for 5- to 16-year-olds. Meetings are scheduled for the third Tuesdays of each month.

4( For more information, call 684-2586.


Speaking of more information, call me at 859-3569 and let me know what is happening in your neighborhood or organization.

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