Monthly Archives: October 2011

Quotes Part Two: New Gems

So we have more good stuff: Angola Peas—Ocra—Coffee. Monroe, La., December, 1851. To the Editor of the American Farmer— I have sent to N. Orleans a small package to be forwarded to Messrs. R. Sinclair, Jr. & Co. of your … Continue reading

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The New Yam Festival

As you read this I am probably dancing through the streets for Simchas Torah. And as I’m typing this Gilad Shalit is alive–and going home. Caveat: Yes I am Jewish but I also am very attuned to my African cultural … Continue reading

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Quotes and Commentary: African American Foodways: Antique Gazes

Chag Sameach! (Happy Holidays!)  It’s Sukkot! Jewish Thanksgiving! So, every now and then I encounter quotes that shake me to the core because they are so old and emblematic of what the core of my work is–trying to find the … Continue reading

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Table Talk, 1893 “Crab Gumbo, such as they give you in Baltimore…”

Table Talk, “Housekeepers Inquiries” Mrs. Helen Louise Johnson February 1893, Volume VIII: No. 2 Inquiry No. 2203. “Have you a good recipe for crab gumbo, such as they give you in Baltimore?” Answer. The recipe given came just as worded from … Continue reading

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So THATS why they call it a fish pepper…

This is a wild-caught rockfish from the waters of the Chesapeake Bay around Talbot County, Maryland that I prepared using a stuffing of herbs and fish pepper, dressed with an oil made with fish peppers, wrapped in collard green leaves … Continue reading

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The Mountaintop and the Promised Land

“There are some commonalities to our different ideas. We both offer food and drink to our guests, but because we have different culinary values, different culinary histories, we offer different food and drink…. We are not the servants at the … Continue reading

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Some Affairs of Plain Living: A Gallery

Once upon a time there was a tool called a scragg broom used to make swept yards….I know this because my father used one in Virginia and South Carolina growing up. And you made banjos from gourds: Do not get … Continue reading

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