Category: Food History

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November 23, 2020

By Peg Kern

Celebrating Thanksgiving with Three Sisters...Even If Your Family Is Far Away

Filed Under  Destination Features, Food History, Special Occasions, USA

This Thanksgiving is likely to be one of the least traditional for many U.S. families. Instead of gathering in large groups for a traditional turkey dinner, most of us will be celebrating in small family units. Many people will be missing from our family table this year, but there are still three sisters I can celebrate with! And their names are.... corn, beans, and squash? Our family, like many others,… Read
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November 3, 2020

By Peg Kern

A History of Sandwiches and a Sandwich Recipe

Filed Under  Cooking Videos, Food History, Kitchen Tips, Recipes, Italy, USA

It's national sandwich day, and we're asking ourselves: do sandwiches exist in the cuisine of every country in the world? What defines a sandwich? Does a wrap count? What about a sandwich in pita? A burrito? A spring roll? A crepe? Let's make things easier and say that to be a sandwich, it has to have something 'sandwiched' between two pieces of bread. One piece of bread folded over doesn't… Read
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September 29, 2020

By Peg Kern

A History of Coffee for International Coffee Day

Filed Under  Food History, Special Occasions

It's international coffee day! And although I drink it every day and love it in many forms, I realized I didn't know very much about it. What is coffee? Where did it originate? Where is it grown today? How is it drunk around the world? What Is Coffee? We all know coffee comes from beans, and that they are roasted. The beans actually come from trees - if coffee trees… Read
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September 18, 2020

By Peg Kern

The History of Baba Ganoush, and a Recipe

Filed Under  Food History, Recipes, Israel, Turkey

We've talked before about eggplant and what an amazing vegetable we think it is, and one of my favorite preparations is in baba ganoush. Also spelled baba ghanoush or baba ghanouj/ganouj/gannuj, this eggplant spread is ridiculously easy to make and exceedingly tasty. Originally a dish of Levantine cuisine (more on that here), its etymology is a bit opaque. "Baba" is an endearment and also the Arabic word for father, while… Read
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September 8, 2020

By Peg Kern

A Middle Eastern Dinner: Culinary Travels with TIK

Filed Under  Destination Features, Food History, Greece, Israel, Turkey

I found myself craving Middle-Eastern food over the weekend, so I did what I usually do: I decided to make a Middle Eastern dinner! But when my kids asked me what that meant, I found I had trouble answering. "Can it be Middle Eastern food if there is no falafel?" was one question. "I thought that was Greek!" was another comment. So what exactly is "Middle Eastern food"? If the… Read
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July 15, 2020

By Peg Kern

Spanakopita from a Greek Cooking Vacation

Filed Under  Food History, Recipes, Greece

As one of the iconic dishes of Greek cuisine, most people have seen, and even tried, spanakopita at some point in their lives. This tasty savory pie is served at weddings, parties, and banquets throughout the world, and it's easy to see why: they are delicious, easy to prepare as a hand-hand pie, and able to prepared ahead of time, as they tasty eaten either hot or at room temperature.… Read
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