I grew up thinking that mushrooms came out of a small flat can or a squat glass bottle, both usually adorned with a picture of a bald-headed guy dressed in a tight white T-shirt. Or maybe that was another brand? Given that most people did not dare eat the mushrooms they saw popping up after […]Read more "Preserved Mushrooms: Choice Gems from a Few Examples of Historic Cuisine"
There’s something about sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) that I cannot seem to shake. Maybe there’s some sort of cellular memory thing going on, like perhaps my ancestors sat around somewhere, gratefully chewing on roasted sweet potatoes, surviving a dry spell in food production. A good reason to foster a sweet potato patch. We Americans now […]Read more "The Story Behind a Kitchen-Counter Sweet-Potato Patch"