As I was studying the Gemrig family, known for providing the Union Army with surgical instruments during the Civil War, I was reminded of a moment with my kids. Our middle child usually is a quiet and laid back kind of kid. He is frequently found lost in his own thoughts and adrift in his own little world. He can, well...he marches to his own drum. Let's just leave it at that.
When the children were young I took them to a Civil War reenactment. We entered a tent where two soldiers were rolling around on cots in obvious pain. Another was sitting dazedly against a center post. A long table was set up, littered with various surgical instruments and next to that table was a bucket strewn with body parts. Two men stood behind the table, their aprons bloodied, when one of them asked my kids, "Can you tell what I do?" Before anyone else could speak, Middle Child proudly piped up, "You are a chef!"
Best, Pat Earnest Dover, Delaware 27 August 2015
1. Pour half a pint of boiling water upon one table-spoonful of the best TAMARINDS, cover them closely, and let them steep until they are cold.
2. Pour half a pint of boiling water upon one table-spoonful of CURRANT JELLY, and stir until the jelly is all dissolved.
3. CRANBERRIES and BARBERRIES may be used in the same way to make very refreshing acid drinks for persons recovering from fevers. Pat Earnest, Dover, Delaware 24 August 2015
Taken from The Practical Cook Book; Containing Upwards of One Thousand Receipts: Consisting of Directions for Selecting, Preparing and Cooking all Kinds of Meats, Fish, Poultry, and Game, Soups, Breads, Vegetables and Salads. Also for the Making of all Kinds of Plain and Fancy Breads, Pastries, Puddings, Cakes, Creams, Ices, Jellies, Preserves, Marmalades, etc. etc. etc. Together with Various Miscellaneious Receipts, and Numerous Preparations for Invalids. By Mrs. Bliss, Philadephia, E. Claxton and Company, 920 Market Street, 1882. page 286
This is the recipe, also shown in a longer article on Passed Time if you want backstory. I would love to credit the newspaper that contained this clipping, but I cannot find it. In any event, enjoy. Pat Earnest Dover, Delaware 19 August 2015
PS--Feel free to share this, but we would really appreciate any credit coming to Passed Time.
The following recipe is a contribution made by Helen Millham of Fullerton, Pennsylvania, to an anonymous newspaper. As it turns out, Millham was a somewhat prolific writer who contributed not only recipes, but advice and anecdotes to periodicals across America. (full Passed Time article) Enjoy the recipe. Pat Earnest Dover, Delaware 17 August 2015
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Some of my fondest memories are of camping out on Lake Mead with my grandfather (inarguably the best grandfather in the world) and grandmother (ditto), as well as my parents and sometimes a uncle or two. My younger brother was there too, but as the oldest child it was my duty to consider him a hindrance, as such, I don't remember his involvement much. Of course, he was very young and probably not allowed to do the activities in which I was involved.
Even now, more than a third of a century later, I can remember hearing coyotes yipping in the background at night, the pleasure of sitting around the campfire while the adults chatted, fishing with grandpa and dad, and walking around looking for rattlers and scorpions, just to look. But the best of all? Grandpa took us to a little store and bought us packs of Wrigley's chewing gum. Nothing can make a kid feel as special as a grandparent treating you to something not allowed in the family home.*
Although the thought of a ghost town being revealed is exciting, having such remarkable memories attached to Lake Mead makes the event bittersweet at best.
*If there are kids reading this, you parents are right and sugar will rot your teeth.
Link to Ghost Town Emerges from Lake Mead as reported on CNN by unknown author.
From Conan O'Brien to Peter Dinklage, celebrities just seem to have a thing for time travel. Here are some photos from my collection of even more famous time travelers.
I had a hard time finding a good comparison photo. It seems Mr. Lillard does not like keeping a straight face.
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Pocket Book Rolls
The following recipe for "Pocket Book Rolls" fell out of a book at me, literally. I figured since it is vying for attention, I'd better share. Hope you enjoy! --Pat 9 August 2015, Dover, Delaware**
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A Plain, Cheap Soup
Take a cold roast beef bone, pieces of beef-steak, the rack of a cold turkey or chicken. Put them into a pot with three or four quarts of water, two carrots, three turnips, one onion, a few chives, pepper, and salt. Boil the whole gently four hours; then strain it through a colander, mashing the vegetables so that they will all pass through. Skim off the fat, and return the soup to the pot. Mix one table-spoonful of flour with two of water, stir it into the soup and boil the whole ten minutes. Serve this soup with sippets of tast. Sippets are bits of dry toast cut in a triangular form. page 14. Pat Earnest, 05 August 2015, Dover, DE.
Taken from The Practical Cook Book; Containing Upwards of One Thousand Receipts: Consisting of Directions for Selecting, Preparing and Cooking all Kinds of Meats, Fish, Poultry, and Game, Soups, Breads, Vegetables and Salads. Also for the Making of all Kinds of Plain and Fancy Breads, Pastries, Puddings, Cakes, Creams, Ices, Jellies, Preserves, Marmalades, etc. etc. etc. Together with Various Miscellaneous Receipts, and Numerous Preparations for Invalids. By Mrs. Bliss, Philadephia, E. Claxton and Company, 920 Market Street, 1882.
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