WBR Museum hosts Wood Stove Cooking Class April 8

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

PORT ALLEN - The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a Wood Stove Cooking Class on April 8 from 10 a.m. - noon.

Participants will work with two cooks, living history food historian Gayle Smith and West Baton Rouge Museum teacher Linda Collins.

The experienced cooks will demonstrate wood stove cooking techniques from early 20th century kitchens.

Participants will learn how to prepare potato soup, rabbit stew and bread pudding and other country recipes in an historic setting.

The class will be held in the restored Reed Shotgun House and in an outdoor kitchen.

The cooks will explain Great Depression cooking methods including canning, gardening, and hunting.

The old saying “use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without” inspired thrifty and still delicious meals. 

As part of this program, participants will also be guided through the period buildings on the museum grounds including the Arbroth Plantation Mercantile Store. The store, with its original early 1900s furnishings, is filled with stories and spaces that help set the historical scene of rural south Louisiana.

At the close of the program, participants will have the opportunity to sample dishes from the menu.

Advance registration is required for this free program. Space is limited to 12 participants. To reserve, call (225) 336-2422 Ext. 15. For more information, visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com.  West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen.