Foods in American history

He Said: “Don’t Cut The Ham Too Thin, Boys…”

Huh? What a title for a blog post! But it does seem appropriate if we consider the life and business of Fred Harvey, who has the distinction of opening and running the first series of chain restaurants in the United States. With the quote above as well as information on his life and times, we … Continue reading »

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What? I gotta have a stamp to buy that steak?

Evidently, food rationing is back! I heard on the radio about the Costco move to limit rice purchases in the last fee weeks. Heard about that? See Here for more details. Anyway, so it got me thinking about food rationing in World War II. The concept of stamps and points for food and other purchases … Continue reading »

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“Slyder Pilots”, steamed onions and trip through time….

They’ve been nicknamed “sliders”, and probably a dozen more things by college students, regular folks and others. The official term is “slyders”, and by now, you probably know I’m talking about the White Castle food chain. (1) Although seemingly overshadowed by more expansive, and familiar fast food chains, White Castle is one of the first … Continue reading »

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The Secret Shipments of Hula-Two, ASLIB and the Unknown Lend-Lease!

I originally started this morning’s post on the SeaBees, but ran across some information that until now was unknown by me….and I’m thinking a lot of other people as well. (1) In the example above, we see foodstuffs being prepared for shipment to the Soviet Union under the program of “Lend-Lease”. America served as the … Continue reading »

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“Toy Surprise Inside” or hand me some of that….

Cracker Jack!!! I visited COSI yesterday and came across a stunning exhibit on the snack (candy?) that we’ve all known about, but perhaps have not tried in a long time. That is Cracker Jack! (1) First seen at the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893, Cracker Jack is one of those treats that has stood … Continue reading »

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