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By the time Nathaniel Hawthorne dropped by The House of the Seven Gables to chat with his erudite cousin, Susanna Ingersoll, in the 1830s and ‘40s, potatoes had made their way into New England kitchens. And very possibly, a dish like potato omelet was served in The Gable’s dining room.
According to Kaylee Redard, assistant visitor services manager at The Gables, the first permanent potato patches in colonial America were planted by Scotch-Irish settlers in Londonderry, New Hampshire. Like lobster, early colonists may not have appreciated the deliciousness of potatoes that were, according to some historians, first planted alongside pig sties to more easily get the crop to the animals.
Redard will once again host a Colonial Classics food demonstration in The Gables kitchen. The potato omelet she will make in her live cooking demonstration involves a few tasty twists on what we may expect. On Wednesday, February 2, from 6 to 7 p.m., all are invited to sign on to a live, virtual cooking demonstration hosted by Redard and The House of the Seven Gables. To register for the event, use this link. It’s free, but The Gables greatly appreciates donations of $10, when possible, to help cover costs and to support the Settlement programs.