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A Dish for the First 4th of July... and why it should be on the 2nd.



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While we may think of BBQ, hot dogs, and potato salad as traditional 4th of July fare, the Founding Fathers certainly did not. We'll take a look at one of the earliest celebratory meals and explore why John Adams wasn't a fan of July 4th.
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Poached Salmon in Egg Sauce
ORIGINAL RECIPES (From The Martha Washington Cook Book)
EGG SAUCE
Make a drawn butter; chop two hard-boiled eggs quite fine, the white and yolk separately, and stir it into the sauce before serving. This is used for boiled fish or vegetables.
TO MAKE DRAWN BUTTER
Put half a pint of milk in a perfectly clean stewpan, and set it over a moderate fire; put into a pint bowl a heaping tablespoonful of wheat flour, quarter of a pound of sweet butter, and a saltspoonful of salt; work these well together with the back of a spoon, then pour into it, stirring it all the time, half a pint of boiling water; when it is smooth, stir it into the boiling milk, let it simmer for five minutes or more, and it is done..
Drawn butter made after this recipe will be found to be most excellent; it may be made less rich by using less butter.
Boiled Salmon
The middle slice of salmon is the best. Sew up neatly in a mosquito-net bag, and boil a quarter of an hour to the pound in hot, salted water. When done, unwrap with care, and lay upon a hot dish, taking care not to break it… Garnish with parsley and sliced eggs..
MODERN RECIPE.
INGREDIENTS
- 2 Hard Boiled Eggs, chopped into small pieces
- 1 Cup (240ml) of whole milk
- A heaping tablespoon of flour
- 1 Stick or 113g of softened butter
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 Cup of boiling water
- Salmon
- Salted Water
METHOD
1. Add the milk to a sauce pan and set over medium heat and simmer making sure not to scorch it..
2. In a small bowl, add the flour, the butter, and the salt, and mix together. Slowly add the boiling water while continuing to stir. Once smooth, pour into the milk and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Then stir in the chopped eggs and allow to simmer for another minute, then remove from the heat.
3. Fill a medium saucepan half full with water and add some salt (about 2 tsp). Set over low heat and bring to a simmer of 175-180°F/80°C. Place salmon into the water and cook until ready (12-15 per pound). Make sure not to let the temperature raise past the 180°F.
4. Once cooked, place salmon on a warm dish and pour the egg sauce on top. Garnish with parsley..
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SLIGHT EDIT: The heaping teaspoon of flour should be a heaping TABLESPOON. Clearly, I need a continuity editor.

by TastingHistory 5 days ago

“We do not use less butter on this show.”

Julia Child has entered the chat.

by DrFranklynAnderson 5 days ago

Max: "...we do not use less butter on this show."
Me: ONE OF US! ONE OF US!

by sonipitts 5 days ago

Do you take suggestions?

You did an episode on food that toppled a king, but there's one king who died literally directly due to food: King Adolf Frederick of Sweden was a famous glutton and died after consuming an enormous final meal in 1771, and his death is often attributed to Semla, a cream filled bun, which may have given him food poisoning

And Henry the first died after a meal of lampreys.

Could make a series of dishes that killed monarchs.

by IPostSwords 5 days ago

I may be showing my age, but that Bill and Ted reference was on point. Most excellent!

by Clarissa Young 5 days ago

You should have made jacketed potatoes. Nothing like a boiling pot of pine resin to get things exciting.

by Joe Weintraut 5 days ago

She probably used something close to cheesecloth. There have been recipes where I've cooked salmon in cheesecloth, it makes removal easier and helps it keep it together while cooking. It's uncommon, but not unheard of.

by LN1 Casey 5 days ago

wait a minute... egg-sauce and that pokemon has an egg. I'm onto you Mr. History

by Dillon Morris 5 days ago

What's more American than celebrating on the wrong day, with the wrong meal?

by Craeola LordofColors 5 days ago

You are one heck of a musical theater nerd and I guess that's why I can't stop watching these.

by Laura Christine 5 days ago

“😂 We do not use less butter on this show. 😐😠”. Lol

by Julie Lujano 5 days ago

I just got a degree in history and American studies in May, so this is the best channel to discover.

by Jordan Toth 5 days ago

Instructions unclear, I ended up summoning the ghost of john adams

by Infinity Woof 5 days ago

I'm sorry but that was a MASTERFUL segue, I dunno what you're talking about.

by Nat Morse-Noland 5 days ago

That "drawn butter" is closer to what we would now call a bechamel, made with beurre manie rather than with a roux. And I would use cheesecloth to wrap it, since that may be closer to what Martha Washington had as mosquito netting. It would help hold the salmon together, and perhaps provide a little insulation from the bottom of the pan. Thus, a slight change of vocabulary brings the recipe right into the present.

by Mariana Chaffee 5 days ago

This guy’s gonna be big on youtube, i feel it

by Nina Karevska 5 days ago

In Norway, we have egg-butter for the fish, it is damn tasty!
Butter melted, use an eggslicer, slice egg once lengthways, once sideways, mix, salt more if wanted, add a pinch of pepper, serve on top of fish! omnomnomnomnomnom
Edit; you may also use freshly cut chives to flavor it even more! I recommend it ;)

by Line Bjørgen 5 days ago

"We do not use less butter on this show" wait, are you actually my husband in disguise??!! Except for the love of history, the two of you share the same love of bad puns, stuffed anime plushes, dated pop culture references, and I haven't seen you in the same place at the same time... I'm on to you now, "Max"...

by IAmTheTuxedoCat 5 days ago

Thicken is what’s happening to me from trying these recipes

by Jeff Murello 5 days ago

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