Christmas at Sutter’s Fort

Swiss adventurer John Sutter built a large, walled trading post in the California wilderness, which included a blacksmith forge, a crude gristmill, a carpenter’s shop, a blanket weaving room, and a tannery.  Inside the walls was a kitchen large enough to feed the dozens of tradesmen, craftsmen, fur trappers, gardeners, and Continue reading Christmas at Sutter’s Fort

The Big Kitchen at Sutter’s Fort: Imported Foods, 1840s

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A Swiss adventurer named John August Sutter arrived in the Northern California wilderness in mid-August 1839, soon afterward constructing a walled trading post and year-round residence for himself that came Continue reading The Big Kitchen at Sutter’s Fort: Imported Foods, 1840s

The Big Kitchen at Sutter’s Fort: The Local Cuisine, 1840s

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A Swiss adventurer named John August Sutter arrived in the Northern California wilderness in mid-August 1839, soon commencing construction of a trading post and year-round residence for himself that came Continue reading The Big Kitchen at Sutter’s Fort: The Local Cuisine, 1840s

The Big Kitchen at Sutter’s Fort: The Cooks & Their Utensils, 1840s

dutch ovenA Swiss adventurer named John August Sutter arrived in the Northern California wilderness in mid-August 1839, shortly thereafter commencing construction of a trading post and year-round residence for himself out of thick adobe slabs.  Continue reading The Big Kitchen at Sutter’s Fort: The Cooks & Their Utensils, 1840s