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A Taste of the Finger Lakes

Submitted by the Geneva (NY) Historical Society

This authentic Finger Lakes recipe appears in an 1875 cookbook, "In the Kitchen," by Elizabeth Smith Miller. Miller, the daughter of abolitionist Gerrit Smith and cousin of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was reportedly the first woman to wear the bloomer costume. Mrs. William Smith, probably a relative of Elizabeth's, contributed the recipe to the cookbook.

Grape Catsup

5 pounds ripe grapes
2 1/2 pounds sugar
1 pint vinegar
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. ground cloves
1 Tbsp. pepper
1/2 Tbsp. salt

Boil the grapes in enough water to prevent burning. Strain through a colander, add all the remaining ingredients and boil until a little thickened. Seal in a bottle.

Taken from Scotsman Community Publications, Finger Lakes Vacationer 2003.
 

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That grape catsup recipe reminded me of grape pie. I wondered if you ever went to the grape festival in Naples, NY. I used to go every year. :)
 

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No we have never been Sara, but now that dh is retired we can start doing all these things around NY. That is why I picked up that Finger Lakes Vacationer magazine, it has lots of festivals, craft shows etc. listed for 11 different counties in NY.
 

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I would think so CJ, with the spices added it may be a dark purple.
 
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