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The basics: Apple River Fort is located in Elizabeth, IL. It’s a little fort from the Black Hawk Wars. To welcome autumn, they have an intimate supper for the public (advanced ticket purchase necessary). The Ox Bow Tavern cooks the five course dinner. This year the menu was as follows:

1st course – pepper pot soup and pumpkin biscuits w/ jam

2nd course – cheshire pie and Jefferson’s mac ‘n cheese with sour dough bread

3r course – fish cakes and collards with wheat bread

4th course – sauer braten and spaetzel with red cabbage and dark bread

5th course – assorted pies, cookies, and cakes for dessert

It was really excellent to cook over a nice hearth. The other oddly delightful moment that was totally unexpected was being asked to serve at table and I was running back and forth from the house where we cooked and the block house where the diners were located. It was just like Downton Abbey!!! Only 1830s!!

Now for all the pictures!

Terry 2

 

Nancy

 

Andrew and Cat

Inside the cabin that served as the kitchen…

Woodbox

 

Washstand and chair

 

Multi colored kitchen

 

Dresser

 

Nancy 3

 

Food prep…

Cheshire pie step 1

Cheshire pie = layer of fried smoked pork sprinkled with nutmeg, a layer of apples sprinkle with sugar, repeat. Add top pie crust. Bake in baking kettle.

Apples 2

 

Making pie 2

 

Making pie 4

 

Double dutch

 

Nancy 5

Apple pudding (not on the menu; we made it for fun).

Cakes

 

Bread cookies and pie

 

Arranging desserts

 

Cooking outside…

Terry 4

 

Man work 4

 

Fire pit

 

Fish cakes 4

 

Fish cake ball

 

Fish cakes 2

 

Setting the table for the guests…

Table 6

(I think Mr. Carson would be proud!)

 

Table 7

 

Table 5

 

Plates bowls and cups 3

 

Plates bowls and cups

 

With our guests…

Dinner guests

 

Obligatory selfies…

Cat 2

 

Dad daughter selfie

 

 

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