Monday, November 24, 2014

What's Cooking? Combining History and Cooking

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We had tons of fun with the Poppins Book Nook blog series last year and we will be continuing that fun all throughout 2014. This month's theme was, "To The Kitchen" Keep reading to learn more about the book we read and recipe we made. There is also a giveaway is at the end of the post! To check out all of our past Poppins Book Nook posts click here.

This month we utilized one of our favorite cookbooks called Cooking Up American History by Sunflower Education. This book is absolutely amazing. It combines cooking, history, math and more. Each of the recipes contained in the book is historically accurate and brings history to life for children. There is a mix of snack foods, entrees, and even historically accurate desserts. Have you ever wanted to know what George Washington’s favorite breakfast was? Or what wealthy Spanish colonists ate for a treat? The answers and actual recipes are in this book. The book is great for children in PreK-6th grade and contains 50 recipes. Even kitchen safety is covered in the book.

Cooking Up Some American History includes a rich assortment of recipes in the following categories:

  • Native American Foods
  • Spanish Colonial Fare
  • English Colonial Dishes
  • Foods of the Revolutionary War
  • Dining in Young America
  • Staying Fed on the Frontier
  • Foods Out of Africa
  • Soldiers’ Mess: The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Foods of the Gilded Age and the Industrial Revolution
  • Dishes of World War I
  • Surviving the Great Depression
  • Foods of World War II 
  • American Fare: the 1950s
  • The 1960s
  • The 1970s
  • Modern Meals
Since we have been learning a lot about WWI and WWII we decided to make Soldier's Soup or Cabbage Soup. Did you know that Cabbage Soup was eaten by soldiers and civilians when they needed to ration their supplies? This recipe is from the cookbook but we made some adjustments.

-1 small head cabbage, chopped
-1 can of diced tomatoes
-1 onion, chopped
-2 cups of chicken stock
-1 cup of almond milk
-Salt and pepper

1) Place the chopped cabbage and onion into a pot and cover with water.
2) Bring the cabbage and onion to a boil, then lower the heat, and simmer until tender.
3) Drain the water from the pot, reserving 1 cup of the liquid.
4) Combine the drained cabbage and onion, reserved liquid, diced tomatoes, chicken stock, almond milk and salt and pepper to taste into the pot and heat thoroughly (do not boil) for about 20 to 25 minutes.
5) If you wish add additional spices. I also added a little bit of onion and garlic powder.

The great thing about this soup is that it can be served hot or cold which is probably why it worked so great for the soldiers during WWI.

Here is a list of the wonderful bloggers participating in the Poppins Book Nook be sure to visit them for more fun ideas:

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in Gods Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual MayhemPreschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies Kathy's Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ My Bright Firefly ~A Mommy's Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~Where Imagination Grows ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A  Peace  of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am  ~ Simple Living Mama

Feed Our Small World:A Cookbook for Kids Giveaway! 
Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a copy of the book Feed Our Small World: A Cookbook for Kids for the theme of To The Kitchen!

Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom's disclosures found here.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

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Emma Craig said...

Cooking recipes from different time periods sounds like a fun (and yummy!) way to learn history!

Jill said...

It looks like you had a ton of fun in the kitchen this month! What a great way to learn history!

Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!

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