Food Facts & Lore

Sauces… Tomato and Otherwise – Part 2

In Part 1, we explored the origins of sauces, dating back to the only recorded evidence of Roman cuisine by Marcus Gavius Apicius, in the first century A.D. While sauces may have masked the evidence of time-altered foods in the past, this is not to say that the gourmets of the time did not add… Continue reading Sauces… Tomato and Otherwise – Part 2

Food Facts & Lore

Sauces… Tomato and Otherwise – Part 1

It is often said that all you need for a well garnished meal is a good tomato sauce. As you might imagine, we agree wholeheartedly. Sauce makes or breaks a good meal. There are only about five basic sauces, but hundreds, perhaps thousands of variations exist, as evidenced by the selection at the super-market and,… Continue reading Sauces… Tomato and Otherwise – Part 1

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The Tomato & The Original Ketchup Recipe

We mentioned Ketchup on the 158 Main Facebook page, earlier today. As a condiment that truly marks the history of the culinary arts, it deserves further attention. Believe it or not, until the mid-nineteenth century, Americans believed tomatoes were poisonous. If consumed at all, they were previously boiled for hours.  In truth, the stem and… Continue reading The Tomato & The Original Ketchup Recipe