Recipes for your Valentine

Don’t have your Valentine’s reservation set yet?  Can’t decide on the perfect place?  Try dinning in this year.

Lovely Vegetables - Progressive Farmer

Image from The Progressive farmer’s southern cookbook.

Italian Love Cake - Cooking on the Cutting Edge

Italian Love Cake from Cooking on the cutting edge.

Heart-Shaped Scones with Currants - the fearrington house cookbook

Heart-Shaped Scones with Currants from The Fearrington House cookbook : a celebration of food, flowers, and herbs.

Sweetheart Cookies - Best of the Best

Sweetheart Cookies from Best of the best from North Carolina : selected recipes from North Carolina’s favorite cookbooks.

Edwina's Chocolate Seduction Pie-A Dash of Down East

Edwina’s Chocolate Seduction Pie from A dash of Down East.

Brunch for Two - Love Yourself Cookbook

Brunch for Two from Love yourself cookbook : easy recipes for one or two.

Angel kiss cake - The Charlotte Cookbook

Angel Kiss Cake from The Charlotte cookbook.

Not everyone in Greensboro wanted to hear young MLK

On this day in 1958: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., not yet 30 years old but already famous for having led the Montgomery bus boycott, pays his first visit to Greensboro.

The local NAACP has invited King, but only black Bennett College will provide him a hall. He addresses two overflow crowds — morning and night — at Pfeiffer Chapel. “We are breaking loose from the Egypt of segregation and moving into the promised land of integration . . . .” he says. “There are giants in the way, but it can be done.”

Five years later he will return to Greensboro for a ceremony honoring the students who ignited the sit-in movement at the Woolworth’s lunch counter.


Death noted: UNC grad Alice Denham, author and Playmate

Wonder how many other entries in the Southern Historical Collection catalog include the notation “unpublished photographs…. including a Playboy centerfold”….

Alice Denham was a 1949 UNC graduate, but Chapel Hill seems not to have provided her most vivid memories.

From her 2006 memoir, “Sleeping with Bad Boys: A 1956 Playboy Model’s Escapades with James Dean, Hugh Hefner, Norman Mailer and the famous writers of the 1950’s beat generation”:

“For my senior year, I cut my hair, worked three campus jobs, refused to go out with Beau, switched my major to English, drove to the woods with Beau every Sunday noon when I couldn’t hold out any longer, retaught myself to type in a week, made Phi Beta Kappa, got a scholarship to graduate school at University of Rochester and decided to be a writer if it killed me.”


Super Bowl Party Recipes

Sunday is the big day!  Super Bowl 50 is almost here.  Are you ready for your game day watching?

Snacks and Party Foods - Progessive Farmer

Image from The Progressive farmer’s southern cookbook.

USE Earl's Touchdown Tuna-A Source of Much Pleasure

Earl’s Touchdown Tuna from A source of much pleasure : receipts old and recipes new, 1785-1949.

USE Game Day Garden Vegetable Dip - Hornets Homecooking

Game Day Garden Vegetable Dip from Hornets homecooking : favorite family recipes from the Charlotte Hornets players, coaches, staff and special fans.

Scramble - Heavenly Helpings

Scramble from Heavenly helpings, seasoned with love : recipes collected from great cooks past and present of White Oak Baptist Church, Archer Lodge, NC.

Party Sandwiches-Out of Our League

Party Sandwiches from Out of our league.

Party Alligator Pear (Avocado) Salad - Much Pleasure

Party Alligator Pear (Avocado) Salad from A source of much pleasure : receipts old and recipes new, 1785-1949.

Party Meat Balls - What's Cook'n at Biltmore

Party Meat Balls from What’s cook’n at Biltmore.

House Party Bean Salad - Count Our Blessings

House Party Bean Salad from Count our blessings : 75 years of recipes and memories / Myers Park Presbyterian Church.

N.C. justice, 1827: ‘Allowed to keep his Ears’

“In Davidson County, North Carolina, a drunken young mountaineer named William Tippett had bitten off a large piece of old Arthur Newsome’s chin, almost plucked out his left eye and grasped Newsome’s right eye with his other hand…..

“The old man was left with just one, badly injured, eye when the right one popped out some days later.

“The little community was in an uproar when the judge sentenced Tippett to lose his ears as punishment for the mayhem. A long, half-literate petition from Tippett’s kinsmen for remission of the penalty quickly circulated. Newsome, they argued, was an old rogue whom nobody liked. Tippett, on the the hand, was a man in the prime of life.

“The governor [Hutchins Gordon Burton], recognizing that the will of the people should be heard, showed becoming mercy, writing on the back of the memorial, ‘Allowed to keep his Ears, 1827.’ ”

– From “Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South” by Bertram Wyatt-Brown (2007)

Given North Carolinians’ widely-known affinity for gouging — the NFL of its time? — the only surprise in this account is that Tippett even had to go to court.


Coca-Cola was the real thing…. Rheumacide wasn’t

“Dear Sir:

“Coca-Cola has had a big run at my fountain, and is gaining in popularity all the time.

“A line of soda drinks is incomplete without it.

“Coca-Cola has come to stay!”

— From an 1892 letter to Coca-Cola from Raleigh pharmacist J. H[al] Bobbitt

Four years later, Bobbitt moved to Baltimore to manufacture a “general blood purifier” called Rheumacide.

In 1915 Bobbitt Chemical Co. was found guilty of violating the Food and Drugs Act for selling a product that “contains no ingredient or combination of ingredients capable of producing the therapeutic effects which were claimed.”