Ashland exists as a legacy to Henry Clay, and five generations of his descendants have lived on the estate. One of those descendants was Henry Clay’s great-granddaughter Nannette McDowell Bullock. Nannette plays a significant role in the history of Ashland; in 1926 she created the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation. The Foundation continues to operate Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate today.
Many of Nannette’s recipe books (or receipts as they were called) are part of the Ashland collection. Along with printed recipes, these cookbooks contain many handwritten recipes from Nannette. One such recipe is for blancmange (French for “white food”), a sweet dessert made from gelatin, milk, and cream. Although not very much like the Jell-O we eat today, blancmange is a sweet jelly treat with a very long history!