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November 8, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU's Old Stone House offers 'Early American Holiday Desserts' class

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - In response to strong demand for its historic cooking programs, Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House has added an "Early American Holiday Desserts" class to its Taste of History series.

The course, featuring early American recipes for pies, cookies, puddings and more, all made on the Stone House hearth, will run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 30.

The class includes hands-on instruction and demonstration, tasting of created recipes and a recipe book on the featured topic.

Cost is $25. Pre-registration is required. The class is limited to eight.

To register, call 724.738.4964 or email:

Payment may be made by credit card or personal check.

"The Taste of History program experienced great success in the 2013 season. Class topics ranged from Colonial to Civil War cooking, all featuring delicious and historically-authentic recipes cooked from scratch using traditional techniques, including Dutch-oven and open-hearth methods," said Aaron Cowan, SRU assistant professor of history and curator for the Old Stone House. "Students are full participants in these demonstrative lessons, under the guidance of the Stone House's expert 'tavern chef' instructors."

The Old Stone House, one of Butler County's most recognized landmarks, is located at the intersection of routes 8, 528 and 173, three miles south of Slippery Rock.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.