Known as “Queen Molly” the woman who set the finest table in early 19th century Richmond, Mary Randolph and the unnamed enslaved cooks in her kitchens produced food that set the standard for excellence in Southern cookery. Cook and explore along with me through the wonderful recipes in her classic book The Virginia House-Wife, first published in 1826. – – An Indigo House Digital project

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Okra and Tomatoes – The Virginia House-Wife | pg. 95. | Mary Randolph

Okra and Tomatoes – The Virginia House-Wife | pg. 95. | Mary Randolph

Take an equal quantity of each, let the okra be young, slice it, and skin the tomatas, put them in a pan without water, add a lump of butter, and onion chopped fine, some pepper and salt, and stew them one hour.   Gumbs – […]

Peas – The Virginia House-Wife | pg. 127-128 |  Mary Randolph

Peas – The Virginia House-Wife | pg. 127-128 | Mary Randolph

To have them in perfection, they must be quite young, gathered early in the morning, kept in a cool place , and not shelled until they are to be dressed; put salt in the water, and when it boils, put in the peas; boil them […]

Parsnips – The Virginia House-Wife, pg. 124 |  Mary Randolph

Parsnips – The Virginia House-Wife, pg. 124 | Mary Randolph

Are to be cooked just in the same manner as carrots; they require more or less time, according to their size, therefore match them in size, and you must try them by thrusting a fork into them as they are in the water; when this […]