The Forgotten History of Kensington Snapper Soup
by Adam Diltz
Turtle was once a highly sought out delicacy for it's rich, delicious flavor and nutritious meat. In Philadelphia, turtles were kept in cages, fed cabbage leaves and sold at the High Street Market. Of course, the demand was so great that the number of Green Sea Turtles became dangerously low.

The alternative that people turned to was the Terrapin, a native of the Jersey and Maryland coastline, but the Terrapin also nearly went extinct. Terrapins are an endangered species today.

Mock turtle soups, which used calves' heads, became quite popular. The next alternative was the Snapping Turtle, which continues to be used today. Snapper hunting is now regulated and the demand for turtle soup is not what it once was.

A popular way to serve the soup was with a splash of Sherry, and a Philadelphia way was to have Pepper Sherry on the table, which is Madeira with habaneros for some heat.
Saturday & Sunday Tea at Elwood

Beginning October 24, Elwood will host tea service on Saturdays and Sundays. Two separate seating times will be available at 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

We’ll feature a selection of teas from local providers, Premium Steap and Oma Herbal Teas. Along with tea, we’ll also be serving an assortment of snacks and bites, including Pennsylvania Dutch-inspired specialties like scrapple, snickerdoodle, shoofly cake, and datch (Pennsylvania Dutch quickbread).