Hammin’ It Up in New Jersey

MILAN, ITALY - JULY 26:  A pig farmer holds a ...

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You’ll have to hurry if you want to catch a fascinating talk and historically-based ham supper in Piscataway this Sunday, which is what culinary historian Judith Krall Russo is dishing up at the Metlar-Bodine House Museum. Russo claims that Garden State swine once enjoyed immense popularity – and has the facts and dishes to prove it. In Colonial times, she says, “New Jersey had the biggest and best swine.” (In a completely different context, that might also be said of 21st century NJ.)

Russo is using 19th century recipes as her basis. The lecture/meal, which costs $50 per person, includes desserts and beverages.

Personally, I don’t know a lot about the history of pig farming in NJ, but I did come across this interesting fact:  In the early 20th century Secaucus had sixteeen times more pigs than humans. Check it out!

The Early America Ham Dinner takes place Sunday, November 6, at 2 pm. Seating is limited, and advance registration and payment by November 2 – hence the rush! – are required. For info and reservations, phone: 732.463.8363.

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2 responses to “Hammin’ It Up in New Jersey

  1. My back yard neighbor has a historical tree that was once was to hang the pigs. That is on Stoney road in Edison

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