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Open Sesame

My first sesame flowers opened on my first plants of Sesamum indicum (sesame) from Monticello seeds with my goal of pressing sesame oil which Thomas Jefferson thought was… 11 more words

Culinary History

Soda & Soft Drink Saturday - Mello Yello

Mello Yello is a high-caffeinated, citrus-flavored soft drink produced and distributed by The Coca-Cola Company which was introduced on March 1, 1979 to compete with Pepsi’s Mountain Dew. 135 more words

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Pollinating Flint

It was a beautiful day yesterday July 21, 2016, when in the early morning I was choosing which tassels of my Abenaki Rose Flint corn to chose to hand pollinate the ears.  18 more words

Culinary History

Confucius and The History of Chopsticks

“The honorable and upright man keeps well away from both the slaughterhouse and the kitchen. And he allows no knives on his table.”


Whether you share the ancient philosopher’s abhorrence at the mere thought of a man in the kitchen, his dislike of knives is more understandable. 607 more words

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SBS FOOD | It was all a lie: the scandalous history of pasta

From whimsical marketing ploys to an outrageous carbonara, the humble pasta has had a bumpy ride through the ages. Read my full article on SBS Food.

Photo courtesy of SBS Food.


Mac n' Cheese: Comfort & convenience in a box

The year was 1937. Kraft Company boxed one of the tastiest and simplest dishes: Macaroni and Cheese. I grew up with the blue Kraft box in the kitchen. 655 more words

Summer Sizzlers: The Origin of the Barbecue

Ah the beautiful golden days of summer: a grilling paradise. Everyone here at Palmer Foods loves a good barbecue, but as we began the age-old American tradition of grilling burgers and hot dogs, we had a curious thought: how did the cooking style of American grilling come about in the first place? 507 more words

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