Monday, January 3, 2011

Robert Toombs & Civil War Recipe

A couple of years ago we went on a business trip with my husband to Washington, Georgia.  While we were there we took a day to visit the Robert Toombs house & made it part of our history study.  His home has been turned into a museum for the public to view. 

Robert Toombs was an attorney & was instrumental in helping the South secede from the Union during the Civil War.  He became Secretary of State for the Confederacy, however, he really wanted to become president.  When Jefferson Davis was chosen for that position Toombs was not happy.  He eventually resigned & lived out the remainder of the war at his home in Washington.

While we were there I picked up a recipe that was made by Mrs. Toombs.  If you are doing a Civil War study this might be a neat project to do with your kids. 

Sweet Pepper Relish Recipe:  12 red peppers, 12 green peppers, 12 medium onions, 1 1/2 pints vinegar, 2 cups sugar, 2 Tbls. salt.

Slice open red peppers & green peppers. Remove & throw away seeds.  Then mince peppers & put into large kettle. Take skin from onions. Now mince onions & toss into kettle with peppers.  Add vinegar, sugar, & salt.  Blend everything well.  Bring to boil & let simmer 10 minutes. Take from stove. Fill pint jars while hot & seal. Makes 4 pints.

For more Civil War recipes check out Civil War Recipes: Receipts from the Pages of Godey's Lady's Book.

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