Food Facts & Lore

A Few Colorful Food Laws

Margarine arrived on American tables in the 1870’s. Natural butter had been a well-established tradition for centuries; and it was a chief ingredient in the economic success of farmers. It was also more expensive than margarine, meaning that the “make-believe” spread soon became a favorite staple in most households. Word soon spread among farmers (pardon… Continue reading A Few Colorful Food Laws

Food Facts & Lore, Fricassee of Words

Fricassee of Words – In a Pickle

Fricassee: Meat cut into pieces and stewed in gravy. Fricassee of Words: Musings on food-inspired expressions, words and word play, with occasional bits and pieces of kitchen jargon too. In A Pickle! Meaning - Meaning: To be In a quandary. We seem to be on a roll with articles about pickles. It's just that one… Continue reading Fricassee of Words – In a Pickle

Baguette Snacks & Sandwiches, Food Facts & Lore

Pickles – Part 2 – Europe to Brooklyn and a Pickle Sandwich

In part 1, we made a 4000 year jump from antiquity to Thomas Jefferson's memories of his aunt's irresistible pickles. Another famous historical figure must be mentioned who was instrumental in introducing pickles to our tables. Christopher Columbus brought pickles to the New World. They were eaten on ships as a means to prevent scurvy.… Continue reading Pickles – Part 2 – Europe to Brooklyn and a Pickle Sandwich