By Suzanne Norquist
America are planning Fourth of July festivities and other outdoor fun. Menus
include hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, apple pie, and more. But are any
of these foods really American? And what did the colonists eat to commemorate
our country’s independence?
In 1776, the
Founding Fathers celebrated at Philadelphia’s City Tavern. There wasn’t a hot
dog in sight. Not a hamburger. Nor a watermelon. Legend has it that John Adams
and his wife ate turtle soup, salmon, and peas.
year, in 1777, fireworks marked the first anniversary of the signing of the
Declaration of Independence. Revelers likely enjoyed these same foods, which
became a tradition.
July, the salmon run, and new peas are ready to harvest, making them a natural
choice for the national celebration. Many New Englanders still serve the
combination on Independence Day.
didn’t come to America until the late 1800s. A German emigrant is believed to have
sold the first hot dogs, called “dachshund sausages,” out of a food cart in New
York. By 1893, they were a favorite at baseball games.
are also said to hail from Germany. However, a Danish restaurant owner claims
to have cooked the first hamburger patty in 1900. Read the May 14th Heroes, Heroines,
and History Blog for the whole story.
German dish to grace our tables is potato salad. It spread throughout Europe
and came to the United States in the 1800s.
German emigrants introduced apple pie. Which begs the question, why do we say,
“As American as apple pie”? As the colonists distanced themselves from England,
they left behind traditional English foods like scones and bread pudding and
adopted new desserts. So, apple pie is considered American because it
represents the break from the old kingdom.
Americans served baked beans before settlers arrived in the new land. The
colonists adopted the dish—probably because it reminded them of pease porridge,
a common English dish made from legumes.
Egyptians harvested watermelon and selectively bred the unappetizing fruit
until it tasted good. Over the years, it made its way around the world as a
cherished treat in the dry seasons.
Sarah’s Heart” in the Thimbles and Threads Collection
historical romances celebrating the arts of sewing and quilting.
Sarah’s Heart by Suzanne Norquist
Sarah seeks a quiet life as a seamstress. She doesn’t need anyone, especially her dead husband’s partner. If only the Emporium of Fashion would stop stealing her customers, and the local hoodlums would leave her sons alone. When she rejects her husband’s share of the mine, his partner Jack seeks to serve her through other means. But will his efforts only push her further away?