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Best Apple Butter in Oklahoma

The judges probably thought it was a bold new take on apple butter.

The Plain Speaker (Hazelton, Pa. — Oct 24, 1956)

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Nov 29, 2015 | Comments (13)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Food, 1950's

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Nov 26, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Death, Food, Holidays, 1920's

The Perect Thanksgiving Dessert

If Turducken is Gluttony 101 then Piecaken is the Masters Thesis. A pie inside a cake layered on another pie inside another cake. As many layers as you like with as many different combinations as you can think up. Decadent and delicious! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Nov 25, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, Food, Junk Food, Holidays

Life (Death) Hack

British lady tried out a life hack she read about on Facebook with unfortunate results.The suggestion was to lay the toaster on its side to make cheese on toast instead of grilling it. The idea back fired nearly destroying her kitchen before fire fighters arrived to put out the blaze. Life Hack: Using a toaster on its side to make cheese toast. Result: Epic Fail!
Posted By: patty | Date: Mon Nov 23, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Accidents, Goofs and Screw-ups, Food

Ketchup Leather

Ketchup Leather is the latest advance in hamburger science. Invented by an L.A. restaurant, it's basically dehydrated ketchup. The idea is that it stops the burger bun from getting soggy.

Maybe this will go down well with trendy L.A. types, but I can't see Mr. and Mrs. Average American embracing this.

More info at Tech Insider.


Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Nov 19, 2015 | Comments (12)
Category: Food

Hog dogs with a message

In 1990, the Viskase Corp. debuted a breakthrough in hot-dog technology. It had developed an edible ink that allowed messages to be printed onto hot dogs during the manufacturing process.

As far as I can tell, this technology failed to find a market. The NY Times reported that "the Viskase Corporation found no takers for its offer to print edible-ink ads on hot dogs."

Perhaps this was because a) what kind of message is best delivered via hot dog?, and b) hot dogs are usually covered with condiments, which would hide the message.

Image source: Newsweek - Jan 22, 1990

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Nov 14, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Food, Junk Food, Advertising, 1990's

How to Cook Husbands


Alas, I wanted this 1898 book to be a tract by an angry feminist cannibal, but it is not--as you can see for yourself, if you go here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 22, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Cannibalism, Feminism, Food, Books, Nineteenth Century

Canned Parrot

A soon-to-be-opened San Francisco store called Terrific Street is displaying cans of "canned parrot" in its front window. Two kinds of canned parrot are on display — "free range cherry conures in their own syrup" and "colorful sky rat boiled parrot."

The store isn't actually selling canned parrot. The owner of the store has explained that the display is an "art installment" inspired by Andy Warhol's paintings of canned food, while also referring to the local wild parrot population.

Says the owner: "The thinking behind the display was to make something unusual and fun for folks to walk by between now and the time we are open for business."

More info:

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Oct 21, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Art, Food

The Front Line:  Supermarket Checker

Soldiers in the war on shoppers! I mean, soldiers helping shoppers!

Look at how much more intelligence was needed for this job then, compared to this age of scanners and credit cards.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 20, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Food, Work and Vocational Training, Retailing, 1960's

Leather For The Discerning Vegan

Students from Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam Netherlands collaborated on a project that would almost certainly have PETA's approval. They used the food waste from a large local market to make fruitleather. The product was used to make purses as well as swatches to show the different colors available depending on the fruits used. Leather you don't have to hide.
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Oct 13, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Crafts, Fashion, Food, Vegetarians and Vegans, Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia
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