Homemade Recipes from
My Family History

I decided to make a downloadable recipe book of homemade recipes because Civil War food was one of the most popular sections on my old Gettysburg website.

Traditional Recipes Near Gettysburg by Amy DeVries

About the Title of My Cookbook

I have ancestors from both sides of my family that lived just south of Gettysburg in Carroll County, Maryland.

My book records how they prepared seasonal foods typical in the mid-Atlantic region.

If you are looking for more seafood and southern Maryland specialties, I suggest the Maryland's Way cookbook. It's great!

So I called my collection "Traditional Recipes Near Gettysburg" because most people will have no idea where Carroll County is located, and if I said "Maryland" you would expect more seafood, but my ancestors were a couple of days travel away from the Chesapeake Bay.

What's Inside My Cookbook

The homemade recipes in my downloadable book are arranged as seasonal dishes. I walk you through the steps for making everything from bone broth to scrapple to strawberry rhubarb pie.

For the homemade pumpkin pie recipe, I explain how to cook a whole pumpkin and homemade pie crusts using lard.

For the roast turkey with giblet gravy, I tell you how to reuse the bones and make soup stock.

I even describe home butchering and how to use the whole hog, such as stuffing the stomach to make hogmaw and using the intestines for sausage casing!

Ok, so maybe you're not into lard and gizzards, but I also explain how to use wild edibles. You can enjoy

  • Violet flowers
  • Sassafras tea
  • Lamb's quarters (aka goosefoot)
  • Dandelion greens

That's right, you can learn how to eat your weeds! They're actually quite tasty and the deep roots bring up lots of minerals.

How the Downloadable Book Works

My cookbook is available in two versions depending on what type of e-reader you use. You can purchase the Kindle edition through Amazon which works on the Amazon Kindle and Kindle Fire or you can purchase the Smashwords edition which works on all other e-readers including Nook.

Both electronic book versions are safely stored in an online library that can be accessed at any time and viewed from any internet connected device.

And if you have any trouble, I am just an email away. Ok, so I'm not hooked to the computer around the clock (I might be working in my garden!), but I will respond to you and help you with any recipes you have trouble mastering. How many printed cookbooks come with that feature?

Homemade Recipes Table of Contents

Here's the complete list of traditional homemade recipes arranged by season. I hope that this book will help you eat locally and in season.

Asparagus, Baby Potatoes and Peas, Dandelion Greens, Kale with Ham Broth, Violets, Cooked Beets, Pickled Beets, Pickled Eggs, Herring, Shad Roe, Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie, Ice Cream
Corn on the Cob, Succotash, Sliced Tomato, Cucumbers and Onions, Parsley Potatoes, Fried Squash, Fried Green Tomatoes, Zucchini Crab Cakes, Stuffed Peppers, Green Beans with Ham, Roast Chicken with Giblet Gravy, Chicken Soup, Grape Jelly, Peach Crisp
Dried Corn, Mashed Potatoes, Potato Cakes, Fried Parsnips, Cornbread Dressing, Roast Turkey with Giblet Gravy, Scrapple, Hominy and Pudding, Hogmaw, Venison and Wild Game, Apple Butter, Applesauce, Baked Apples, Pumpkin Pie
Scalloped Potatoes, Turnips, Lima Beans and Ham, Pork and Sauerkraut, Sausage, Fried Mush, Cream Gravy, Roast Beef, Beef Stew, Pot Pie, Tomato Soup, Apple Snits, Apple Crisp
Cornbread, Wheat Bread, Rye Bread, Buckwheat Pancakes, Mayonnaise, Cheese, Butter, Turkey or Chicken Stock, Beef Stock, Tonics and Teas

My book also includes sections on the historical background of ingredients and suggested menus. You can look at the list of recommended resources I mention in the book.

So what are you waiting for? Please order your own downloadable copy today!


I have just published a 2nd edition on Smashwords! The title has been updated to what I mention above on this page. I will have an updated version available on Amazon very soon.

Gettysburg Area RecipesPurchase through Amazon or Smashwords

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