Wampanoag Indian Dish from First Thanksgiving

Between 1620 and 1621 Edward Winslow, who arrived on the Mayflower and was a leader of the English settlement at Plimouth in the Massachusetts colony, wrote with William Bradford Mourt’s Relation, the full title of which was A Relation or Journal of the Beginning and Proceedings of the English Plantation Settled at Plimoth in New […]

Spinach is the Queen of Vegetables, Captain of Leafy Greens

Spinach is an annual plant with dark green leaves that enjoys cool weather.  There are two kinds of spinach, prickly-seeded and round-seeded.  Most spinach on the market is derived from the round-seeded kind.  Spinach is also classified by the shape of its leaves.  Again, there are two major types, smooth-leafed or crinkly-leafed.  Spinach produces dioecious […]

What is Bulgur?

Bulgur is a durum wheat product used in the Middle East. After the durum wheat harvest the raw hard wheat is cleaned and sun-dried, traditionally, in the towns on the flat terrace roofs of homes. The wheat berries are separated from the chaff and boiled in water for two hours until they are about to […]

Mac and Cheese, Its Origins

Since the Kraft Company put it in a box in 1937 every American kid grew up with macaroni and cheese. There can be no doubt that its ultimate origins are Italian, as one finds macaroni and cheese recipes from the late thirteenth century in southern Italy. The anonymous Liber de coquina, written in Latin by […]

Origin of Risotto

Where did risotto originate?  In northern Italy in the fifteenth century, the Lombardy plains were cleared to establish rice fields.  The motivation for the clearing and reclaiming of the plains was simply the demand of the growing towns for food. That demand was met by budding capitalists who had the financial wherewithal to back the […]

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