Historian Mary Bohlen Brings Hearth Cooking Expertise to Hickory Ridge on Saturday


November 10, 2021. For over 30 years, Mary Bohlen has shared her love for history and her expertise as an open-fire cook — using techniques from the colonial days with audiences far and wide. She is no stranger to the Hickory Ridge Museum in Boone and will be returning there 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, to share her knowledge with visitor’s and homefolk, alike. As a “heritage cook,” Bohlen, who resides in nearby Purlear, recreates “receipts,” or what we know today as recipes, of Colonial America. She has made a name for herself at many of the south’s historic sites with her hearth and campfire cooking. In early 2020, Bohlen published her book, “Mary Bohlen’s Heritage Cooking Inspired by Rebecca Boone,” which brings to life experiences she believes occurred in the 18th century kitchen of the wife of the famed pioneer, Daniel Boone.  By Sherrie Norris

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