Want to make that dream kitchen a reality?  Looking for a cure to what ails you?  On the hunt for ice cream?  Look no further than your local community cookbook for the latest in modern kitchen conveniences, commodities, and local services.

USE Patronize Merchants Advertized in this Book - Fries Memorial Moravian Church

Image from Fries Memorial Moravian Church : history, customs, recipes.

USE Any Recipe is Better When Cooked Electrically - A Collection of Favorite Recipes

Carolina Power & Light Company ad from A collection of favorite recipes.

USE GE Refrigerator Ad - Capital City Cook Book

General Electric  Refrigerator ad from Capital city cook book : a collection of practical tested receipts.

USE Sold Ad - Keepers of the Hearth

Terriff’s Perfect Washer ad from Keepers of the hearth : based on records, ledgers and shared recipes of the families connected with Mill Prong House, Edinborough Road, Hoke County, North Carolina.

USE Carolina Power and Light Co. Ad - Capital City Cook Book

Carolina Power & Light Company ad from Capital city cook book : a collection of practical tested receipts.

USE Mexican Mustang Ad. - Keepers of the Hearth

Mexican Mustang Liniment ad from Keepers of the hearth : based on records, ledgers and shared recipes of the families connected with Mill Prong House, Edinborough Road, Hoke County, North Carolina.

USE Baker's Cocoa and Chocolate Ad - The Raleigh Cook Book

Walter Baker & Co. ad from The Raleigh cook book.

Ice Cream Ad Ad - The Raleigh Cook Book

W. Furman Betts ad from The Raleigh cook book.

On this day in 1937: Author Thomas Wolfe writes from New York to his mother in Asheville:

“Yes, I suppose there are more modern and up-to-date places around Asheville with electric lights, new beds, etc. but I did not have time to look for them and I honestly thought that the Whitson cabin was . . . the best place that I saw. . . .

“As to your own fears of loneliness — and not liking to be alone out in the country at night — I know of no way in which you can get peace and seclusion, and not get it, at the same time. What I need desperately at the present time is to get away from the noise and tumult of New York, to get away from towns and cities and, for a few weeks at least, to get away from too many people.”


“When the United States chose Nevada as the site for atmospheric tests of nuclear weapons four decades ago, Government officials knew the choice would mean that more people would be exposed to radiation than at an alternative site in North Carolina, a new study asserts.

“But officials chose the Nevada site because it was already under Government control and could be used sooner and because it was closer to bomb production plants….

“The study cites documents of the Atomic Energy Commission, the predecessor to the Department of Energy, from 1948 that it says show a preference for testing nuclear bombs on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where prevailing winds would carry the fallout over the ocean. But in the midst of the Cold War, the Government believed it could begin tests more quickly in Nevada, because the site was already in military hands.”

– From “Study Says U.S. Rejected Safer Nuclear Test Site” in the New York Times (May 17, 1991)

As Rob Christensen reminds N&O readers, North Carolina would suffer an even scarier nuclear moment in 1961.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/09/06/4124288_christensen-ncs-brush-with-annihilation.html?sp=/99/100/&rh=1#storylink=cpy

Somehow in the years we’ve been posting recipes from our cookbook collection, we have never done a dedicated fried chicken post.  Today we rectify this affront to our southern heritage!

Southern fried chicken poem - Kitchen Kapers

Poem from Kitchen Kapers.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken - Well, Shut My Mouth!

Buttermilk Fried Chicken from Well, shut my mouth! : the Sweet Potatoes Restaurant cookbook.

Chickens Fried With Cream-The Young Housewife's Counsellor and Friend

Chickens Fried with Cream from The young housewife’s counsellor and friend : containing directions in every department of housekeeping; including the duties of wife and mother.

Lazy Man's Fried Chicken - Best of the Best

Lazy Man’s Fried Chicken from Best of the best from North Carolina : selected recipes from North Carolina’s favorite cookbooks.

Fantastic Fried Chicken - Mountain Elegance

Fantastic Fried Chicken from Mountain elegance : a collection of favorite recipes.

Fried chicken - Hyde County Cookbook

Fried Chicken from Hyde County cook book.

Almond-Fried Chicken-Love Yourself Cookbook

Almond Fried Chicken from Love yourself cookbook : easy recipes for one or two.

Fried Chicken-Hallelujah! The Welcome Table

Fried Chicken from Hallelujah! the welcome table : a lifetime of memories with recipes.

On this day in 1917: Pamlico County inaugurates North Carolina’s first motorized school bus service. Previously the few state schools that ferried children used horse-drawn vehicles.

School officials have concluded that it will be cheaper to pay $1,379 for a bus to haul 26 pupils from 7 miles away than to open a second school.

Children are seated on long plank benches along each side of the bus, inspiring the nickname “rabbit box.”


We are pleased to announce that there are now more than three million pages of historic North Carolina newspapers available through the website Newspapers.com. This is currently the largest online collection of North Carolina newspapers and is a tremendous resource for students, teachers, genealogists, and historians.

The UNC-Chapel Hill University Library has been working with Newspapers.com, a subsidiary of the popular genealogy site Ancestry.com, on this project over the past year. The North Carolina Collection, which holds the largest collection of North Carolina newspapers on microfilm, loaned copies of the film to Newspapers.com, where staff members quickly digitized, transcribed, and published the papers online.

The more than three million pages now online come from 970 different titles from all across the state and range in date from 1751 through the early twentieth century. Newspapers large and small are there, including long-running urban papers such as the Charlotte Observer, Raleigh News and Observer, and Asheville Citizen. These are searchable online alongside hundreds of smaller papers, many of which are represented by only a few surviving issues, such as the Rutherfordton Democrat (two issues, 1896) and the Bixby Hornet (one issue, 1908).

Access to these and other papers is available to Newspapers.com subscribers (see their website for subscription information). Members of the UNC-Chapel Hill community and users accessing the website on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus have free access to the papers contributed by the UNC Library. Free access for these papers is also available to users at the three statewide locations of the State Archives of North Carolina in Raleigh, Manteo, and Asheville.

The New York Times: What’s the one book you wish someone else would write?

Rick Perlstein, author of “The Invisible Bridge”: I used to think some history graduate student looking for a dissertation topic should do a biography of Robert Welch, the founder of the John Birch Society. Back then I thought of it as akin to studying some middling Romantic poet: worthy but slightly marginal. Now I think it’s a project ripe for some top-shelf biographer’s plucking. The Birch Society is thriving within the conservative “mainstream”…..

– From “Rick Perlstein: By the Book” in the New York Times (Aug. 28)

From his birth in Chowan County in 1899, Robert Welch certainly gave biographers plenty to work with. This is from his entry  by Jonathan Houghton in NCpedia::

“Welch showed early signs of genius. He read at age 3, was graduated from high school at the top of his class at age 12, and, still wearing knee breeches, promptly matriculated at the University of North Carolina, where he was dubbed a ‘boy wonder.’ He was graduated at 17….”


“A radically tolerant American palate drove the development of American foodways, necessarily requiring settlers — freemen, slaves, and servants; men, women, and children — to remain temperamentally open to any number of unexpected culinary influences that might, one way or another, quietly shape the national diet while citizens were otherwise preoccupied with more remunerative endeavors.

“First among such influences were Native American eating habits. This intercultural influence was most evident in the South, where Native American/European interactions were especially common. Where else in the world, at this point in time (1712), could an English settler find himself eating, as the surveyor John Lawson did on the Carolina frontier, ‘raccoon and ground nuts,’ a stew of possum and teal meat, and ‘two young Fawns taken out of the doe’s bellies and boiled in the same slimy bags nature had placed them in’? Veritably nowhere. And, notably, Lawson didn’t bat an eyelash at the experience. In fact, he generously deemed the preparations of his Indian guides to be ‘a new fashioned cookery.’ ”

– From “What Makes American Cuisine American?” by James McWilliams at Pacific Standard


It’s that most wonderful time of year again, FOOTBALL SEASON!

The Tar Heels host the Liberty Flames this Saturday for the first home game of the season. Campus parking lots will fill with UNC bedazzled cars carrying fans ready to tailgate before cheering on the Heels. Grab your grill, your cooler, and your favorite lawn chair and get ready to tailgate!

Desserts - Tarheels Cooking for Ronald's Kids

Image from Tarheels cooking for Ronald’s kids.

Fix-It-Yourself Sandwich Tray - Given to Hospitality

Fix-It-Yourself Sandwich Tray from Given to hospitality : a cook book.

Miniature Burritos - Heavenly Delights

Miniature Burritos from Heavenly delights.

Pungent Chicken Wings - Best of the Best

Pungent Chicken Wings from Best of the best from North Carolina : selected recipes from North Carolina’s favorite cookbooks.

Super Fan Sand Dabs-Hornets Homecooking

Super Fans Sand Dabs from Hornets homecooking : favorite family recipes from the Charlotte Hornets players, coaches, staff and special fans.

Devilish Eggs - Love Yourself Cookbook

Devilish Eggs from Love yourself cookbook : easy recipes for one or two.

Bourbon Dogs - Supper's at Six

Bourbon Dogs from Supper’s at six and we’re not waiting!

Green Dragon Dip - Progressive Farmer

Green Dragon Dip from The Progressive farmer’s southern cookbook.

Extra Special Hot Dogs - A Dash of Down East

Extra Special Hot Dogs from A dash of Down East.

On this day in 1933: Dock Rogers, a black man accused of shooting and wounding two white people, is lynched in Pender County. The incident began when Rogers supposedly insisted on eating breakfast with a white farm family.

A sheriff’s posse surrounded Rogers’ house, shot inside it for several hours, then set it afire. When Rogers came out, he was struck down in a fusillade. Still alive, he was captured and driven toward the jail in Burgaw. The truck stopped en route, however, and Rogers was dragged into the road and shot 150 times. In Burgaw the posse dragged his lifeless body around the courthouse square before delivering it to an undertaker.

A coroner’s jury rules that Rogers died “at the hand of a person or persons unknown,” a common verdict in Southern lynchings. The inquest was conducted by A.C. Blake, justice of the peace, acting coroner and one of the leaders of the posse.


« Newer Posts - Older Posts »