Reach out a hand and take the ruby fruit, gift grown of sun and rain. Vitis. Grapes. Gift too of earth, of chalky soil, sloping and stone-filled, redolent with vistas and vast horizons. Hard toil, yes — certainly this truth the hands of peasants knew. Cutting and pruning, trimming back. Thus, from that harsh care, … More Vitis, Vin: Gift of Life
So how do you perceive French cuisine? Katharine Shilcutt decided to find out what Texans thought of various ethnic cuisines popular in the United States. Here’s a Venn diagram from her October 27, 2010 article on the Houston Press blog. The left side of the diagram shows what foods Texans associate with French eating habits, … More Culinary Bigotry? Pas nous, pas du tout!
Named the worst of all U.S. presidents, James Buchanan — ironically boasting the most government-related domestic and foreign experience of any president prior to taking office — lived as a bachelor all his life. His niece (and ward) Harriet Lane became his White House hostess. She’d been with Buchanan in London when he served as … More All the Presidents’ Tables: James Buchanan’s Inaugural Extravanganza
In the throes of the 2008 election campaign, I decided to do a little looking into what the candidates, Senators Barack Obama and John McCain, eat when no one’s watching. (Chili for Obama and ribs for McCain – hmmm, wonder if there’s any Freudian, Jungian undertones there?) Such musings lead, naturally, to a perusal of … More All the Presidents’ Tables: Abraham Lincoln’s Inaugural Menus