“Cocoa…Might Well be Called the Vegetable Egg”

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During my extensive explorations of Flickr Commons, I ran across a magazine called The Utah Farmer, a periodical for all kinds of farmers in the Utah area. Ghirardelli Chocolate, the legendary San Francisco chocolate company (“since 1852”), was one of their regular advertisers, with an ad in most issues.  One of their ads in 1915 had […]

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Fun with a Victorian Slang Dictionary

I was out walking the other day, and it was hot, so I was really feeling the collar. As I rounded the corner onto Kings Lane, I spotted my old crony George. And so I says to him, “I’m headed to the Lion’s Pub, why don’t you come and have a pickle?” Once we got […]

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19th Century Plant Paintings

Flore médicale, by François Pierre Chaumeton, Jean Louis Marie Poiret, and Jean Baptist Joseph Anne César Tyrbas de Chamberet. Published by Panckoucke, 1833 (on Google Books from various libraries). 426 hand-colored plates.  Illustrated by E. Panckoucke and P.J.F. Turpin.   Follow me

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Recipe: Simple Macaroni and Cheese

Almost exactly one year ago, there was some commotion* in my tiny corner of the Twitterverse about a New York Times recipe from Julia Moskin for macaroni and cheese. There are a zillion mac and cheese recipes, so what caused the commotion? Uncooked macaroni. The recipe calls for uncooked macaroni to be mixed with milk, […]

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Oat Bread Revisited

I have been baking bread for a long time, but never with a great amount of intensity (though during one period in the 90s I was baking frequently and had a personal “bread museum” that chronicled my efforts). In the early years, general cookbooks like The New Laurel’s Kitchen were my teacher, but their basic […]

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