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How Pumpkin Pie Sparked a 19th-Century Culture War

23 Nov

 

Thanksgiving in Union camp sketched on 28 November 1861, believed to be the camp of General Louis Blenker.

Thanksgiving in Union camp sketched on 28 November 1861, believed to be the camp of General Louis Blenker. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS/ LC-DIG-PPMSCA-21210

Although meant to unify people, the 19th-century campaign to make Thanksgiving a permanent holiday was seen by prominent Southerners as a culture war. They considered it a Northern holiday intended to force New England values on the rest of the country. To them, pumpkin pie, a Yankee food, was a deviously sweet symbol of anti-slavery sentiment.

So notes Ariel Knoebel in her engaging post at Atlas Obscura. You can read her entire post here.

 

 

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For Thanksgiving feasts, celery and olives used to be featured

20 Nov

Celery and olives.

From the late 1800s until the 1960s, these two foods — which usually only come together in the murky depths of a Bloody Mary — were a must on seasonally decorated tables in homes across America.

So begins Hilary Sargent’s concise food history of celery, olives, and Thanksgiving meals. Read the rest of her account at Boston.com here.

The Other Reformation: How Martin Luther Changed Our Beer, Too

1 Nov

The protest movement Luther launched 500 years ago revamped not only how Europe worshipped but how it drank. We’d call him the patron saint of beer except, well, he wouldn’t like the “saint” part.

Source: The Other Reformation: How Martin Luther Changed Our Beer, Too : The Salt : NPR

The Illustrious History of the Avocado

24 May

Avocados had an important place in Mesoamerican peoples’ diet, mythology, and culture. It’s possible that they were eaten in Mexico 10,000 years ago. Digest this concise history of the avocado by Erin Blakemore at JSTOR Daily: The Illustrious History of the Avocado | JSTOR Daily

EEL AND ALL THE TRIMMINGS: AN AUTHENTIC THANKSGIVING MENU

23 Nov

 

Allow historian Robert Tracy McKenzie to clarify the likely menu at the “First Thanksgiving”:

We can get too caught up in discussing what they [the Pilgrims and Wampanoag] had to eat, but it is worth noting that almost nothing we associate with a “traditional” Thanksgiving meal would have b…

Read about the menu here: EEL AND ALL THE TRIMMINGS: AN AUTHENTIC THANKSGIVING MENU | Faith and History

Was it Hershey or Reese That Made Peanut Butter Cups Great?

31 Oct

The surprising story of how “two great tastes” came together: Was it Hershey or Reese That Made Peanut Butter Cups Great? | Atlas Obscura

Postwar potluck: Grilling out, convenience cooking, and other 1950s food trends

25 May

For the third installment of our Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Object Project potluck series, we embraced 1950s cooking. We found recipes influenced by the end of World War II rationing, an ongoing interest in convenience, and the growing peacetime prosperity and leisure that many, though not all, Americans enjoyed. Here are just a few of the trends we noticed:

Source: Postwar potluck: Grilling out, convenience cooking, and other 1950s food trends | National Museum of American History

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