Saturday, November 29, 2014

Saturday Serendipity (November 29, 2014)

This was a busy week of work, family and Thanksgiving, so the blog posting largely went on hiatus. But there was still some time to surf the blogosphere and find a few posts to recommend this week. You will notice a food theme to this week's recommendations and that seems appropriate this Thanksgiving week.  Here are my recommendations:

1.  As my family knows, over the years a favorite social prompt of mine during the holiday season is to inquire of friends and new acquaintances what their family holiday feast traditions are. I find it interesting to see what food traditions have been developed and maintained in families and the prompting inquiry almost never fails to open up lively discussion of family traditions around holiday foods. Well, The Weekly Genealogist of NEHGS kindly provided a nice link that served as the source for some lively discussion about Thanksgiving foods around our table on Thursday. The NYT presented the results of Google searches for Thanksgiving recipes in every state. The results, of course, are perhaps more modern than traditional coming as they do after the advent of Google searching, but the most popular foods in each state on Thanksgiving are shown on a U.S. map and then broken down in detailed state-by-state results. You can view the results here and see some of the surprising Thanksgiving foods served around the country.     

2.  And speaking of the Thanksgiving holiday, The Weekly Genealogist also provided two other very interesting posts about our celebration of Thanksgiving over the years. I really think you will enjoy reading about celery and olives dominating the Thanksgiving table for more than 100 years (and into the 1960s) here. One quote from the celery and olive article resonates after reading the first reading recommendation above. Rick Rodgers, author of Thanksgiving 101, states, "Whatever is in vogue worms its way onto the Thanksgiving menu." And some apparently stay on the menu long enough to become family and regional traditions. Sauerkraut in Baltimore anyone??

3.  How about Thanksgiving as a first cousin to Halloween? Did you know that in the early years of the last century Thanksgiving was a time to dress up in costumes?  I did not and so found this article and the accompanying photos quite fascinating and educational.  See if you agree. 

4.  The Vault presented a post about a 1690 London advertisement regarding the medical benefits of drinking coffee, thee/tea and chocolette (chocolate) and for doing so often at home. The benefits of coffee are many according to the advertisement. One of the claims for chocolate was the curing of broken ribs. You can read the advertisement here and wonder (as I did) if this early strong marketing of coffee led (along with the Revolutionary War era boycott of English tea) to its slow rise in popularity above tea in America.     
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Copyright 2014, John D. Tew
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the most requested recipe per state, I spent way too much time reading the entries. My favorite was Oregon with the Vegan Mushroom Gravy and West Virginia's Deer Jerky.