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Recipes for Cooking Muskrat

How the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service came to publish a muskrat meat cookbook:

The Escanaba Daily Press - Mar 22, 1949



The recipes include Wine-fried Muskrat, Muskrat a la Terrapin, Maryland Shredded Muskrat, Muskrat Salad, Muskrat Pie, Pickled Muskrat, and Stewed Muskrat Liver. However, it doesn't include Cream of Muskrat Casserole, a delicacy that we posted about back in 2013.

You can read or download the full booklet at archive.org.





A muskrat - via wikipedia

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jun 15, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Food

The Mayonnaise diet

What exactly is the mayonnaise diet? Googling the term produces various vague references to such a thing, but no specifics. So, like the Dial-A-Dietitian, I have no idea what this diet involves... beyond a lot of mayonnaise and eggs.

My guess is that it was either an alternative name for the Atkins Diet, or an eccentric variant of it, since the book Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution first came out in 1972, which makes the timing about right for this person inquiring about a mayonnaise diet in 1974.

Honolulu Star Bulletin - June 19, 1974

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jun 13, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Food, Dieting and Weight Loss

The Many Lives of the Borden’s Cows

Would today's media consumers accept bobbing paper cutouts in place of CGI?














Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 04, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Products, Food, 1950s

Swift Pavilion, 1939 World’s Fair

The exhibition hall for Swift's was shaped like a giant hotdog.







Posted By: Paul - Sat May 20, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Architecture, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Food, 1930s

Win A Houseboy Contest

In my physical copy of LIFE magazine for December 20, 1963, this ad occupies page 89.

In the scanned copy at Google, there is an entirely different ad on page 89. The image you see here is my scan of the paper copy.

I have no explanation for this. Did LIFE print regional issues with different ads?

In any case, I could find no other complete representation of this ad online. (There's a scan of the top part alone, for some reason.)

Thus does WU contribute to the world's stock of knowledge.

Posted By: Paul - Thu May 18, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Ethnic Groupings, Food, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1960s

Follies of the Madmen #313



That is one friendly and powerful cereal.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun May 07, 2017 - Comments (7)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Products, Food, 1900s

Clear Coffee

Clear Coffee (aka "CLR CFF") describes itself as "the first colorless coffee in the world." From the product website:

This refreshing beverage is made from high quality Arabica coffee beans and pure water. It is produced by methods which have never been used before.

That's intriguingly vague. So is it just caffeinated water? Or is it caffeinated water with coffee flavoring?

The reasoning behind it seems to be that it's coffee that won't stain your teeth. If you like your coffee cold and black, this might work as a substitute. But if you drink it hot, with cream and sugar, this isn't going to do the trick.


via Fooddiggity

Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 28, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Food, Coffee and other Legal Stimulants

Vine-Grown Booze Fruit





Surely in this day of genetic engineering, science could help realize this dream of Samuel Untermeyer's.



Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Mar 27, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Eccentrics, Food, 1930s, Alcohol

Eddie Harris:  That Is Why You’re Overweight



Although the tune is fine, the lyrics are the thing here, and they start around 2:20.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 25, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Addictions, Food, Music, 1980s

Most Expensive Pizza

New York's Industry Kitchen recently added to its menu what is being described as the world's most expensive pizza.

They're charging $2000 for the whole pizza (I don't think they sell it by the slice). For that you get a wood-fired pizza "topped with stilton cheese, foie gras, truffles, caviar, and 24-karat gold flakes."

Doesn't sound appealing, at all.

For the sake of conspicuous consumption, you could pair it with the world's most expensive potato chip on the side.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jan 29, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Food, Overpriced Merchandise, Outrageous Excess

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