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Westmoore Pottery presents hearthside cookery program

Posted on 11/04/2009

On Saturday, November 14, Westmoore Pottery will present "Stepping Back in Time: Hearthside Cooking."

Historical cooks Cindy Kepley and Susan Ball will prepare foods using historical recipes from the 18th and 19th centuries. Foods will be cooked in the large fireplace at Westmoore Pottery. Among the dishes Cindy and Susan plan to prepare are Jugged Chicken, Green "Frogs," Sparrow Grass Rolls, and Gingerbread. Sampling will be allowed as foods finish cooking.

Cindy Kepley and Susan Ball both work at Old Salem Museums and Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC, where they have each held positions in the Museum Education and Children's Education Departments. Cindy Kepley is currently Coordinator of Living History for Old Salem Museums and Gardens. Susan and Cindy are both experienced hearthside cooks who have been immersed in the world of 18th and early 19th century cooking for many years. They are enthusiastic presenters of their skills and are remarkably adept at simultaneously cooking and talking to visitors.

Potters David and Mary Farrell of Westmoore Pottery are well known for their making of historical pottery. Cindy Kepley and Susan Ball will use Westmoore's pottery in their cooking, to demonstrate how various pottery pieces were used in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Pots used will range from the more common bowls, pitchers, and plates to the lesser known pottery pipkins, skillets, and steep pans.

"We try to host historical cooks at Westmoore Pottery about once a year," says potter Mary Farrell, "and we are pleased and excited to be hosting Susan and Cindy this year."

The Hearthside Cooking programs are always among Westmoore Pottery's most popular special events, and attract a wide and varied audience who learn about a part of history that people sometimes forget about -- the history of foods, cooking skills, and the daily tasks of those who lived long ago.

"We have people come by for whom this is all new," says David, "and we occasionally even have an elderly person or two who can remember his or her grandmother cooking everything hearthside."

Westmoore Pottery will be open from 9am - 5pm on Saturday, November 14. The hearthside cooking demonstrations will run from 10am - 4pm. (The last hour of the day is allotted to washing dishes!) Visitors may come at any point during the day, and come back as often as they like to see the various foods being cooked. No admission fee will be charged.

To go along with all that cooking, Westmoore Pottery will also be offering a 15% discount for the day on all the historical cookbooks it carries.

Westmoore Pottery is located at 4622 Busbee Road, just off Highway 705 halfway between the small towns of Seagrove and Robbins, in North Carolina.

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