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1885 recipe for wine jelly – the hit of your next dinner party

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Learn to make wine jelly from Lafcadio Hearn’s groundbreaking cookbook “La Cuisine Créole.” If we made it work, so can you.

Inspired by The Historic New Orleans Collection’s upcoming symposium on wine, we set out to make a classic vino-infused recipe from Lafcadio Hearn’s groundbreaking cookbook “La Cuisine Créole.”

We settled on a dessert called wine jelly, which as Hearn assured us back in 1885, “should give great satisfaction.” He wasn’t lying; a sturdy gelatin, the dish carries traces of lemon and is imbued with the gentlest taste of Bordeaux.

Check out a recent online article where we delve into the history behind this recipe, Hearn’s significance to New Orleans and the place of wine in THNOC’s own backstory.

– Eli A. Haddow, The Historic New Orleans Collection

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