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Forgotten History: Planked American Shad

Yes I know. Cooking fish on a wooden plank is sooo 90’s, a fad that was everywhere and in every chain restaurant you could think of. However, cooking salmon on a cedar plank is an interesting North American tradition, going back thousands of years. It traces back to the Pacific Northwest where the Indigenous peoples […]

Philadelphia Pepper Pot

Pepper pot is one of many dishes from Philadelphia’s colonial past that is slowly being forgotten. Just like another famous Philadelphia dish that is becoming rarer to find, turtle soup, pepper pot demonstrates the love for spice and chillies that Philadelphians had during the colonial era. Philadelphia pepper pot has a very well-known origin story. […]

Fermenting Sauerkraut

Some hate it, for others it’s a staple foodstuff. To the northern Europeans it’s a comfort food and a necessity, made in the fall when cabbages are sweetest and stored in the root cellar to get through winter.  I personally love sauerkraut, whether its raw, cooked, or any way it’s served. It’s made with such […]

Lenape Squash

Roughwood Seed Collection: Lenape Squash Stephen Smith of Roughwood Seed Collection recently dropped off some squash that he harvested. This particular squash is a Lenape Maycock variety, it’s extremely rare and dates back hundreds of years. I’ll let Stephen explain more in the video above, but as he says, this squash is, “basically as Pennsylvanian […]

Pawpaw Season

A fruit largely forgotten but extremely delicious, the pawpaw was eaten for hundreds of years by the Native Americans, before the colonists arrived. Pawpaw is indigenous to eastern parts of the United States, including the Mid-Atlantic region, the more northern parts of the South, and west into Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas. It is a hard […]

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry season is upon us! And to many Pennsylvanians, that means strawberry shortcake — one of my favorite treats growing up.  A British import to the New World, strawberry shortcake recipes go back hundreds of years in the United Kingdom and not just with strawberries, countless other fruits and berries were made into shortcakes, including […]

Stinging Nettles

Stinging Nettles are a wild weed that most people steer clear from, but they’re is also one of the best tasting and nutritious plants one can find growing in the forests and meadows of Pennsylvania. Collecting nettles in the spring is very easy because they grow so profusely — just remember to wear gloves because […]

Spicebush Tea: A tonic for good health

Transcript Hi, I’m Adam Diltz from Elwood restaurant, a B.Y.O.B. in Fishtown that focuses on the history, culture, and farmland of Pennsylvania. So last week I got a box in the mail from my mom and it was a box of sticks, but they weren’t just any old sticks — it was Spicebush. This is […]

Dining Out: A Global History of Restaurants

While the restaurant is shut down and we practice social distancing, I’m getting a chance to catch up on some of the reading that I’ve been neglecting since Elwood opened. One of the books I just finished is a fascinating look at the history of restaurants called Dining Out: A Global History of Restaurants, by […]
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