New Year’s Food Traditions

New Year’s Food Traditions

Seminole, Southern, Soul and Cracker cooking have many similarities in that they all used what was available or they could find in the woods.  As many Southerners moved further south to Florida during the 1870s, they brought their traditions and foods with them.   A New Year’s meal of black-eyed peas, collards, cornbread and pork/ham is steeped in the tradition of bringing wealth for the coming year.  The […]

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The history of gingerbread

The history of gingerbread

Gingerbread, believed to have been brought to Europe by returning crusaders at the end of the 11thcentury, was tasty and the ginger helped preserve the bread. French legend says it was brought to Europe in 992 by the Armenian monk Gregory of Nicopolis. Professional baker guilds comprised only of gingerbread bakers were formed and gingerbread baking developed into an acknowledged profession. During the 17thcentury, only […]

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