The Wilton Historical Society is offering two upcoming classes for children.

Colonial Cookery and Customs for Kids at the Wilton Historical Society

Saturday, Jan. 28,  11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Every month, the Colonial Cookery and Customs for Kids workshop at the Wilton Historical Society teaches kids in grades 4-8 a Colonial “receipt” (recipe) used in the Connecticut region. This month’s recipe is for New Year’s Cake.

Holidays are full of traditions, and more often than not those traditions revolve around eating. In New Year celebrations, menus often contain foods meant to symbolize or even bring about good fortune. In times past, it was customary to hold open houses on New Year’s Day, and offer guests a cup of punch and New Year’s Cakes, often sweetened with honey. This month, the children will be making New Year’s Cake, using a recipe for New Year’s Cake from The Practical Cook Book by Mrs. Bliss (published in Philadelphia, 1850), which calls for honey and caraway seeds, and makes a stiff dough that is to be rolled out, cut and baked–this “cake” is actually what we would call a cookie today.

While the food is prepared, attendees hear about Colonial manners, morals and way of life. The workshops feature relatively simple dishes made with local, seasonal ingredients. The recipes used will be adapted for modern kitchens. This is done for safety reasons, and also so that the attendees can recreate their meals at home.  All participants sample their own cooking and take home recipe cards, as well as any leftovers. The children learn how a Colonial kitchen would have operated, in order to appreciate the modern conveniences we take for granted.  Previous sessions have made bannock cakes, pease porridge, pickles, an amulet of green peas, apple tansey, fairy butter, pumpkin bread and cranberry shortbread.

The cost to participate is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Space is limited–register by email or calling 203.762.7257.

Stitch Your Heart Out Cross Stitch Sachet Workshop for Kids

Saturday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

In this fun and easy workshop, kids will stitch up their own lavender-scented 4” square sachet. Children will be working with a Heather Lins Home kit, which includes a 5-inch, wood embroidery hoop; heart artwork printed on organic hemp/cotton blend fabric; organic lavender buds; embroidery floss; and embroidery needle. Slip the lavender-scented sachet into a drawer and enjoy the fragrance.

The cost to participate is $10 for members, plus $10 materials fee; $15 for non-members plus $10 materials fee. The class includes snack. Space is limited–register by email or calling 203.762.7257.

The Wilton Historical Society is located at 224 Danbury Rd./Rte. 7.