To celebrate, we hope you enjoy trying this eighteenth-century recipe for Molly Ridout’s herb soup!
|Herb soup recipe in Molly Ridout's handwriting, c.1765-1775. Maryland State Archives, MSA SC 371-0-2-9.|
To make an Herb soup.
a quart of Beans
a small piece of any kind of meat
a bunch of Herbs two roots of every kind except Turneps, put but one Turnep
a small Head of Cabbage cut round all the roots & Cabbage to be fried brown in Lard.
a slice of Bread, toasted, cut, and put in
two heads of Cellery put in raw
two heads of [Spinach]
then mash the Beans thro a Sifter
then put it on altogether to boil with Pepper & Salt till the roots are tender
a little brown Sugar & a little Wine
 Library of Congress, “Religion and the Founding of the American Republic,” 23 July 2010. Last accessed: 25 November 2013.