I recently blogged about Jefferson’s original vanilla ice cream recipe (although George Washington mentioned an ice cream maker earlier, the first American recipe was written in Jefferson’s hand). I found a modern interpretation of that recipe by the good folks over at Monticello.org. Go here to check it out.
Jefferson was the first American to adopt many skills, trades, and culture over from Europe, including art, books, Italian architecture, furniture, and cuisine. Many of these were passed down and became uniquley American as well. Ice cream was one of these.
Yes, vanilla ice cream can probably be considered America’sfirst. The folks over at kitchn.com made a go at deciphering TJ’s recipe (and handwriting). For the results of their experiment go here.