Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Stumping and Eating in Reconstruction Era Indiana Part 2

Barbecuing meat, Courtesy of Florida State Archives, Florida Memory Project
In 1876, a presidential election year, Republican control the White House. A reconstruction era Congress had members of the US military stationed in what had been Confederate states during the Civil War in order to protect the rights of black voters and their supporters. Republican party officials held a well-attended barbecue in Richmond, Indiana. When the food have been ready for serving, troops “fought nobly” for it with the assistance of other Republicans. In the afternoon politicians delivered stump speeches at the barbecue to the well fed audience.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Writing Books People Love

Authors Alejandra Marchevsky and Fred Opie a book signing at the Schomberg Library in Harlem

Invited guest, food historian Fred Opie talks to Boston University graduate students in a gastronomy class about finding your voice as a writer. Class readings for the course included Opie’s book Zora Hurston on Florida Food. Fred Opie on Writing Books People Love: [Listen Now 18min 19sec] https://soundcloud.com/thedinnertablewithfredopie/writing-books-people-love


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Friday, July 22, 2016

Will Rogers on Party Conventions

Republican President Hoover's 1932 campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, Courtesy of The Cleveland Memory Project
Writing in July 1932 polemicists Will Rogers said, “there is no profession as “crazy” as politics. It's profession all its own.” For example, the flurry of trades, deals, and undercover schemes that happened during a party’s convention he found hilariously funny because party officials gave speeches about the need for truth and transparency in the White House. State delegates pledge to support a candidate and/or platform but their leadership could have already sold out to obtain political patronage. Politicians trade all kinds of ways and things to gain a delegation’s votes. “Bring your delegation over to me and I will give your governor” a favorable food subsidy during the next negotiation of the federal agricultural bill. Another will promise subsidies for building a food processing plant in their district. Rogers tells us, party conventions are a “show that no American should miss. It's entertainment, and it's enlightening.” 

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Stumping and Eating in the Buckeye State of Ohio

 West Side Market in Cleveland, 1950, Courtesy of the Cleveland Public Library
As part of our ongoing series stumping and eating which looks at the role of food in elections, we turn to the Buckeye state of Ohio the site of the 2016 Republican National Covention. What follows is a documentary history of the most important places politicians of God and the foods they eat in Ohio based on oral histories food historian Fred Opie conducted with reporters, political operatives, and party activist. Stumping and Eating in Ohio: [Listen Now 27min 5sec] https://soundcloud.com/thedinnertablewithfredopie/stumping-and-eating-in-ohio

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ohio Ice Cream Traditions Part 2

Socialist Convention and Eugene V. Debs Picnic, 1918, Courtesy of Ohio History Connection
Part 2 of an account of a Ohio fish fry at the turn-of-the-century:

Iced barrels of fish were ordered from a Lake Erie fisherman, and on the day set for the fry the mayor of the little town drove out early to the grove. Here his Negro helpers had set up the stove. This was a long brick oven covered with a strip of sheet iron which had been scrubbed clean and oiled with lard. As the fires grew hotter in the oven the sheet iron got hot too, and when it was time for the fry, about noon, the fish had been cleaned and laid in salted corn meal… The smell of frying fish was carried miles on the breeze; families spread out their picnic dinners, and their plates were heaped with hot fish from the big stove. Potato salad and bread and butter came out of the baskets. Later the big layer cakes were cut, and ice cream was dished from big freezers cranked by patient black hands. Yes, they made their ice cream right there…a colored man tended the big ice-cream freezers.
Crosby Gaige, New York World’s Fair Cook Book (New York: Double Day, Doran and Company, 1939)

Grape Juice Sherbet Recipe
Ingredients
1 cup grape juice
2 egg whites
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

Instructions
Blend milk, lemon juice, butter and grape juice and chill. Beat the egg whites till stiff and fold into the chilled mixture. Place in pan and put in freezing unit of refrigerator for one to two hours. When frozen to a mush scrape sides and bottom of pan and beat for two minutes. Return to freezing unit for another hour. Total time will be about three or four hours, according to the set of your refrigerator. This may also be frozen as usual in a freezer. It serves six and is easily doubled.
Crosby Gaige, New York World’s Fair Cook Book (New York: Double Day, Doran and Company, 1939)


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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ohio Ice Cream Traditions Part 1

Defiance County Farm Bureau Picnic, 1923, Courtesy of the Ohio History Connection 
July is national ice cream month. We are taking a look at ice cream traditions throughout history. Today and tomorrow we take a look at the swing state of Ohio the site of the Republic Party convention in 2016.Ohio became a destination for African-Americans fleeing slavery in nearby Kentucky and other slave states (as well as a destination for those seeking jobs and better opportunities during the great migration) In turn-of-the-century Ohio, one could find communities which organized annual fish fries. African-Americans cooks had been at the center of catering the food at what seems to be a communitywide event. They set up portable cooking equipment, fried the fish, and made homemade ice cream and coffee. Families who attended these events brought baskets full of side dishes and breads to accompany the mass-produced fried fish, ice cream, and coffee.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Ice Cream and Culinary Traditions

Coconut ice cream with raspberry, this and other recipes below
July is national ice cream month! I started the tradition of picking fresh fruit like wild berries in the summer with my children when they had been toddlers. Foraging for food has a old cross cultural culinary tradition that commoners have practiced around the globe for centuries. At a very young age, commoners learned how to live off the land. I encourage parents to take some time and learn from specialist in your area and or from books about what you can forage in your area. Then start a healthy family tradition like picking fresh fruit and making ice cream with them. 


Palisade Colorado Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients
4 cups Palisades peaches run through a sieve
2 cups light cream
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons brandy

Instructions
Add the sugar to the cream and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the peaches and brandy. Freeze in a hand-turned or electric ice-cream freezer. Use eight parts of ice to one part rock salt.

New York World’s Fair Cook Book (New York: Double Day, Doran and Company, 1939)

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Friday, July 15, 2016

From Black Panthers To Black Lives Matter

Members of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense stocking grocery bags for the party's food distribution program. Courtesy of Standford University Special Collection
Frederick Douglas Opie Professor of history and foodways at Babson College and David Price a Harvard Divinity School student speak at a panel discussion hosted by the Rho Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc at MIT. They compare contrast the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, of the late 1960s with the black lives matter movement of today. 


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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Freedom Summer in Mississippi and Food


Mississippi Delta tamale
Freedom Summer in Mississippi began in 1964, just one year after the assassination of Medgar Evers. It became one of the most important initiatives of the Civil rights movement. Robert (Bob) Moses orchestrated the movement. But in contrast to the movie The Help, which shows black women as pawns, African American women like Fannie Lou Hammer played important leadership roles at the local level in McComb, Mississippi where Freedom Summer began. The goal of Freedom Summer was to combat African American disenfranchisement and the barring of blacks from participating in the state Democratic Party and to defeat the white racist members of the regular Democratic Party. Those who attempted to register to vote often lost their jobs and experienced physical violence and or police harassment. Black and white college students from northern institutions served as volunteers during Freedom Summer. One little known tradition in the Mississippi Delta has been African American entrepreneurs who have sold tamales for a living. 

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Black and Brown Coalitions Panel (Food Excerpts)

Panelist on Black and Brown Coalitions as part of Conversations in Black Freedom Studies held at the Schomburg Library in Harle
Panelist pictured above from left to right Johanna Fernandez, Alejandra Marchevsky, Fred Opie, and Sonia Song-Ha Lee discuss Black and Brown Coalitions as part of Conversations in Black Freedom Studies curated by Jeanne Theoharis and Komozi Woodard held at the SchomburgCenter for Research in Black Culture on Thursday, May 7, 2015.  
Black and Brown Coalitions Panel (Food Excerpts) [Listen Now 29 min 35 sec] https://soundcloud.com/thedinnertablewithfredopie/black-and-brown-coalitions-panel-food-excerpts

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