Four Pounds Flour Snapshots

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At long last, my labor of love is finished!

California Oranges, New York Apples

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I bought this box of oranges last October, when I was driving around farm country just north of Los Angeles. I made a crazy u-turn to pull into a roadside farm stand on a whim; it was selling oranges right in front on the field where they were grown.

Tables were stacked with cardboard boxes, filled with oranges sorted by size and quality, with a price corresponding to each. I stopped a clerk, and pointed to one of the boxes, asked if oranges could be priced by the pound. I was only in California for the week, and I was flying home, so a crate of oranges wasn’t practical for me.

The clerk looked at me and blinked. “The box is $3.” she said bluntly.

“Alright then!” I replied. “I guess I’ll be taking a box!”

The crate of oranges lived in the trunk of my rental car for the rest of my trip; armfuls of oranges were distributed to friends I met up with on my travels. These perfect oranges were a novelty to me, electrifying my taste buds as I slurped them down, covering myself in their sweet sticky juices. I proudly presented them to my California friends as though they were some rare treasure; they blinked and took them with a shrug.

I felt justified in a San Francisco green market, when a chatty farmer commented that her father would take business trips to New York every fall. He’d stuff his suitcase full of apples to haul home and share with his family.

So there!

The History Dish: Maple Syrup Brittle

The History Dish: Maple Syrup Brittle


A glass-like maple brittle.

The warming weather means the end of maple sugaring season. It’s not a sad thing, it just means it’s time to enjoy the spoils!

I’m experimenting with a recipe for Maple Sugar Brittle for an upcoming family event at the New-York Historical Society. Now through August 2014 they have an exhibit up called Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War. The…

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Ice cream sandwiches being born.

Ice cream sandwiches being born.

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A.N. Devers's entertaining account of bidding on one of Edward Gorey’s famous fur coats, which make stealth cameos in many of Gorey’s children’s books.

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A.N. Devers's entertaining account of bidding on one of Edward Gorey’s famous fur coats, which make stealth cameos in many of Gorey’s children’s books.

Irwindale Council declares Sriracha smell a public nuisance

I want to take a moment and point out the Irwindale City Council’s history of corruption:

And many more here.

Updated: A few more for your reading pleasure.

LA Times article that interviews former council members at the old factory site in Rosemead, where it operated without a problem for twenty years. 

A letter from CEO David Tran.

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"Formidable Mother Crushes Daughter’s Doubts Underfoot"
My mom sent this drawing to me today when I was have a fit of self- doubt. Who knew she was such a great artist?

"Formidable Mother Crushes Daughter’s Doubts Underfoot"

My mom sent this drawing to me today when I was have a fit of self- doubt. Who knew she was such a great artist?

JoJo’s Sriracha: Bringing More Hot Pepper Flavor To The Party via food.curated.

Barrel of 700 year old poop. Yes, it’s real, and it smells just like that day it was born.

Barrel of 700 year old poop. Yes, it’s real, and it smells just like that day it was born.

"Spinning Sugar," from Mrs. A. B. Marshall’s Larger Cookery Book of Extra Recipes By Agnes B. Marshall

"Spinning Sugar," from Mrs. A. B. Marshall’s Larger Cookery Book of Extra Recipes By Agnes B. Marshall