Monday, November 2, 2015

Biltmore Cooking Project - Entry 1

I tackled the first recipe out of the Biltmore Traditions cookbook on Halloween, and I am happy to report that it was a success! I made a Rustic Apple Pie (page 51) and it was just delicious. The kiddos loved it and I will definitely be making it again in the near future. I’ve never baked a pie from scratch before, but it was wonderful experience.

Even Spider Man loved it! 

Tackling the recipes from Biltmore Traditions is fun (and delicious), but the story of the Vanderbilts and Biltmore is incredibly fascinating and should be shared! With each recipe, I’ll be sharing stories and information with you! 
To truly understand all that Biltmore creator George Vanderbilt III accomplished, we must go back in time to learn of his family.
The Vanderbilts are one of the best known families in the United States, emigrating from Holland around 1650. The Vanderbilts lived modestly as farmers, but Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877) had a different idea.
According to legend, at 16 years old he borrowed $100 from his mother and launched a ferry service across New York Bay…and this ferry service grew to a fleet of 100 steamships! Cornelius (also known as the Commodore) invested in railroads 50 years later and needless to say these two investment paid off extraordinarily well. Cornelius was the wealthiest industrialist of his time, and upon his passing he left his fortune to his oldest son, William Henry (George’s father).
To be continued…

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