Charting Lemon Curd Recipes

Chart of lemon curd ingredient distribution from 20 recipes

One of my favorite posts featured a set of chocolate chip cookie charts, which built on an idea from Megnut’s Mean Chocolate Chip Cookie post. For her “mean” post, Meg collected a bunch of chocolate chip cookie recipes, calculated the mean (average) for each ingredient to create a new recipes, and then baked cookies. Her […]

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A Man’s Pie from Sun-Maid Raisins

A Man's Pie - ad from California Associated Raisin Co. in 1933 Saturday Evening Post

One of my finds while bouncing through the Flickr Commons was this 1920 advertisement for “A Man’s Pie.” A “Man’s Pie,” it turns out, is a California raisin pie.  Here’s some of the copy: A Man’s Pie Fresh — delicious. Buy it ready baked. Just phone to your grocer or bake shop and say, “Send […]

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Two Distinctive Fruit Crate Labels

Berkeley Apricots fruit crate label from California Historical Society Flickr collection

In this post, a look at two distinctive fruit crate labels. “Don’t Worry” Apples Fruit Crate Label I doubt that “Don’t Worry” brand apples would be a successful brand today.  It’s easy for me to come up with a bushel of worrisome questions when choosing your food.  Organic? Local? What pesticides? Imported? In season? By buying the trendy […]

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How Much of an Orange is Edible?

(Updated, 3/15/17:  new chart) For the last few months, I have been weighing oranges before and after peeling to see what fraction of the orange is edible (by weight). I had done similar work previously to measure the edible percentage of avocados, finding that Haas avocados are roughly 70% edible by weight across a span of 125 […]

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