I have two new pieces of writing…ON THE INTERNET!
A Spoonful of Sugar
A Halloweeny article that ended up being published in December about an awesome early 1900s booklet that juxtaposes candy recipes with testimonials for a tonic that cured all menstrual ills. Plus — recipes for after dinner mint pulled teeth and fig eyes!
5 Reasons Why Self-Loathing Is the Key to Low-Stress Holidays
I used to get anxious during holiday season, dealing with all the joy and bustle, but now I just relax and hate myself instead! Learn the amazing secrets to how you can too.
For Thanksgiving, at least. I tell you why in my most recent Table Matters article. Plus, I give you recipes for three awesome, non-pumpkin desserts (including the amazing, molassesy Indian Pudding above).
My newest Forgotten Foods column for Table Matters is about toast water, coal milk, beef tea, and other hideous (or occasionally amazing) foods served to invalids around the turn of the century. Read it here!
Image from Hygiene for the Worker, 1912
Seriously. Read Embracing the Anchovy, my most recent Table Matters article.
Dear KRISPY KREME DOUGH-NUT CORP,
I am writing to let you know how THANKFUL I am that you have decided OPEN A STORE in BENSALEM, PENN. I have fond memories of your DOUGH-NUTS and COFFEE from growing up in the South, and I am very excited to taste them again!!! Also, your HOOVER, ALABAMA store was the LAST PLACE I SAW MY DAUGHTER (May 14, 1985). On that day, I ate a delicious CHOCOLATE-GLAZED DOUGH-NUT. My daughter didn’t have a dough-nut because, as she said, ”’Nothing can fill the sad space.”’ Her loss!!!
Anyway, thank you for putting a new Krispy Kreme in my town. Now I have somewhere to eat dough-nuts and wait for MY DAUGHTER TO RETURN (and/or DEATH).
Seriously — I have a high tolerance for eating most things, but the benignly named gelatin “chicken salad” is one of the grossest “foods” I’ve ever put in my mouth. Most of the ingredients sound good: chicken, capers, and olives. But the brunt of the recipe is three parts chicken gelatin to two parts mayo. The 1910 cookbook I found it in claims this recipe is an “American delicacy.” If this is what counts as an American delicacy, there is no hope for our nation.
You can read all about this and other gelatinous bits in my most recent Table Matters column, covering the history of the Jell-O salad: Jell-O Fiascos. (And there are some good recipes in there too — try the rose petal/calvados dessert!)
And now, here’s a picture of the offending chicken “salad.” I’m sorry, everyone.