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Eat Your U.S. History Homework Review

We were able to review another product that fit right in with our American History study!  We received a great book from Ann McCallum Books- Eat Your U.S. History Homework: Recipes for Revolutionary Minds. This is a very nice hardcover book with 48 pages.  This one was a huge hit with David (4th grade) because he LOVES to cook!

Eat Your US History Homework was a very fun book to work through.  It covered events from 1607-1863.  We enjoyed reading about each time period and the recipe that went with it.  We talked about the events that were happening around that time and looked at our newly made timeline.

The first one recipe in the book is Thanksgiving Succotash.  We read about the Pilgrims that came to Massachusetts. We learned that they left Europe in September 1620 and headed to America.  David and I looked up where Plymouth, Massachusetts is on the map and talked about the Roanoke and Jamestown Colonies and when they began.

He was so excited to get to the cooking part.  He loves to cook and help in the kitchen.  I was a little more reserved because this recipe had a lot of vegetables in it and David can be a picky eater sometimes.  I quickly learned that if he cooks it, he eats it!! Above is the finished product.  He served us all a very yummy lunch.  He’s looking forward to making it again soon.

The next recipe was Colonial Cherry-Berry Grunt.  Preparing for this one we learned about many settlements during the Colonial Period.  We also learned about fruit in season and how the colonist cooked.

This recipe was so good, we forgot to take a before picture.  This is after we started digging in.   This was a very yummy combination of mixed berries, cherry pie filling and a sweet dough.

Next we made Lost Bread.  This was a version of French Toast.  We were introduced to the French and Indian War in this recipe. We learned that food the British ate was not always abundant or tasty.  They ate corn meal, bean, boiled peanuts, bacon and hardtack.  Hardtack was a twice baked cracker that was hard enough to chip a tooth.  I’m glad we made what the French ate and not hardtack!  Our first batch of Lost Bread did come out a little dark, but still very good.

Next was Southern Plantation Hoe Cakes.  These were a corn meal pancake.  In this section, we learned about  slavery, southern plantations and the 13th amendment.

We talked about how hard it would be to have to keep a fire burning to cook over.  We were very grateful to have a stove we could just turn on and cook.

These were very good.  Some of us instinctively put syrup on them and made them sweet, others grabbed ketchup and made them savory.

Next was Revolutionary Honey Jumble Cookies.  In this section we learned about the Boston Tea Party, The Stamp Act and the Intolerable Acts.  Because of what was going on with the tax on tea, coffee became the popular hot drink- very tasty with cookies.

The last recipe was Independence Ice Cream.  Here we learned about the Continental Congresses, the Declaration of Independence and a few battles that lead up to the Treaty of Paris.  Ice cream is always a great way to celebrate!!!  This recipe was fun because you make individual servings.  Instead of using an ice cream churn we got to mix it by hand in zipper bags.  This was a super fun way to make ice cream!!!

Many others on the TOS Review Crew got the opportunity to review this and other books from Ann McCallum.  Click on the banner below to see what they thought of the book they received.

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