We live in apple country.
It’s been pretty clear lately – at least here in the Hudson Valley – that summer is pretty much over. We may have a few more days that feel hot, but the cool, almost cold, nights are harbingers of The End. Fresh corn and tomatoes, as wonderful as they are, are beginning to lose their magic – but apples are just coming into their own. Homemade applesauce, apple butter, baked apples, and pies (so many pies) sound like exactly what we need to wake up our jaded palates. Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice are – or soon will be – in the air.
Regular subscribers to our updates newsletter receive these updates from our blog, Just Served, directly -- but there is much more at the blog that isn’t delivered automatically. The blog has been feeling a bit neglected lately (that tends to happen when there’s a book project on our desk)… but Just Served’s archive has still got more than enough material for any but the most cravenly-addicted readers. Not that there actually are any “cravenly-addicted readers” of the blog – but imaginary creatures (griffins, hippogriffs, unicorns) are amusing to …ummm …errr… ahhh… imagine.
Until such time as we can set aside the current book to write something for the blog, you can follow the trail of breadcrumbs we leave on Facebook, and Twitter. You can also find links to all of our online scribbles can be found at A Quiet Little Table in the Corner.
Leitesculinaria has reposted twenty-or-so of our backlisted (and, no, I didn’t say “blacklisted” – so don’t get your hopes up) LC pieces here, as part of their archive of food history & science articles.
Not wishing to wander too far from the orchard’s offerings here are some excerpts from On the Table’s culinary quote collection:
“Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.” Jane Austen
“[The (apple) pie should be eaten] while it is yet florescent, white or creamy yellow, with the merest drip of candied juice along the edges (as if the flavor were so good to itself that its own lips watered!), of a mild and modest warmth, the sugar suggesting jelly, yet not jellied, the morsels of apple neither dissolved nor yet in original substance, but hanging as it were in a trance between the spirit and the flesh of applehood... then, O blessed man, favored by all the divinities! eat, give thanks, and go forth, ‘in apple-pie order!’” Henry Ward Beecher
“The natural term of an apple-pie is but twelve hours. It reaches its highest state about one hour after it comes from the oven, and just before its natural heat has quite departed. But every hour afterward is a declension. And after it is one day old, it is thence-forward but the ghastly corpse of apple-pie.” Henry Ward Beecher
“Although the frankfurter originated in Frankfurt, Germany, we have long since made it our own, a twin pillar of democracy along with Mom’s apple pie. In fact, now that Mom’s apple pie comes frozen and baked by somebody who isn't Mom, the hot dog stands alone. What it symbolizes remains pure, even if what it contains does not.” William Zinsser
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---- the new sites ----
(how to be less of a meatball)
(Herb Hallas describes fin de siècle efforts to ban the green fairy)
(surprise: Benjamin Franklin mailed rather vague instructions on how to make bean curd to Philadelphia, in 1770)
(personal essay by Jim Sollisch in The New York Times)
(collection includes some 25,000 menus, ’though not all are digitized… yet)
(Jan Whitaker’s vehicle stops at all roadside eateries)
(H.A. Monckton’s article in The City University of London’s History Today)
(facsimile edition of C.M. Hovey’s 1853 book, with 48 color plates)
(Michael Haft and Harrison Suarez analyze “the science of what makes coffee great” in The Atlantic)
(“State Fair Food Gets More Outrageous;” Alexander Abad-Santos discusses extreme eating, in The Atlantic)
(Laura Kelly, at The Silkroad Gourmet, explains much more about kimchi than how to prepare it)
(a vast collection of data and reports on all aspects of food marketing and trade, both foreign and domestic)
(using the menu to improve many things beyond the table; youtube video of a TED talk)
(research published in the American Marketing Association’s Journal of Marketing)
(“small purveyors battle bigger rivals as each tries to top the others in food gimmicks;” Caroline Porter describes “gross food and beverage sales” in The Wall Street Journal)
(some answers from Jayson Lusk, a food and agricultural economist)
(Cynthia Bertelsen asks the deceptively simple question, and digs through answers that change with time and circumstance)
---- inspirational (or otherwise) sites for writers/bloggers ----
---- yet more blogs ----
---- moved or changed URLs ----
---- that’s all for now ----
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