We started this project to tell the story of local food. Most stories have a beginning, middle and end, but not this one. The story of food in Santa Cruz is constantly evolving. Most of our research has looked to the past. How did someone living in Santa Cruz in 1900 eat an apple? We know the answer from old recipe books. Here is an example:
Steamed Apple Pudding
- 2 Cups Flour
- 4 Tablesppons Baking Powder
- ½ Teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoon Butter
- ¾ Cups Milk
- 4 Apples cut in eighths
Roll dough out, place apples in middle, put in a 5lb lard pail. Steam for 1 hour, 20 minutes (cover closely. Serve with vanilla or cold sauce.
You may have noticed that the recipe is a little hard to follow. But, when it was written down 100 years ago, the confusing parts (like the dimensions of a 5lb lard pail) were well understood. This recipe is part of the story of apples, but it is not the end of the story. We eat apples today, and so do you. We want to know, how do you eat an apple? Or any of the crops featured in our research? You are a part of the story too, so let us know if you find an old family recipe book that you think we could use, or if you have a brand-new and innovative recipe that you invented yourself.
You can comment on the blog, email us, or come see us at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History’s GROWTH event on Friday August 21st!