Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Feeding The Revolution in New York City in 1968

1968 City College of New York Community Breakfast Program
Babson College Professor of History and Foodways Frederick Douglass Opie at the 2012 Boston University Food in the City Conference

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Food and Religion, The Turn of Century US South

Church Dinner on the grounds at all day community sing, 1940. Click to enlarge the image. (Library of Congress Collection)
Babson Professor of History and Foodways Frederick Douglass Opie Interview with Dr. Driskell, Maine 2011, Related Recipes Below

Dinner on the Ground Stories with Related Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=dinner+on+the+grounds

Collard Green Stories with Related Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=collard+greens

Potato Salad Stories with Related Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=potato+salad

Fried Chicken Stories with Related Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=fried+chicken

Sweet Potato Stories with Related Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=sweet+potato+pie+

Monday, August 18, 2014

Eating While Poor in Grad School Pt 6

Pad Thai, recipes below
The Paper Chase (1973) http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi2574452505/ is a movie about the Harvard Law School experience. A movie about my graduate school experience at Syracuse University would be called The Food Chase (1992 to 1999).To get hired at a university, a candidate has to gain the approval of a department's tenured faculty. The on campus interview consist of a job talk about one’s research, numerous interviews, and meals with members of the search committee and often graduate students. Dinner with a candidate promised a rare meal of fine dining; this was like nirvana to me as a starving graduate student. Here a entree I remember from a candidate dinner at Yellow Grass in the now gentrified section of armory square in Syracuse. 

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Eating While Poor Series with Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Eating+While+Poor

Asian Foodways with Related Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Asian

Pad Thai recipe: http://kokocooks.blogspot.com/2010/11/pad-thai.html

Friday, August 15, 2014

Eating While Poor in Grad School Pt 5

Customers on line at a LA Food Truck lot (photo from http://thefunfoodie.wordpress.com/)
Part of the doctoral studies process is learning how to do original research. My research topic led me to archives at Stanford, U. C. Berkeley, and UCLA. The Berkeley archives had nothing. But that’s how archival research goes; sometimes you hit a goldmine and other times fool’s gold worth nada. I next traveled to check out the Marcus Garvey Papers housed at UCLA and to check out the special collections at USC. The Garvey Papers proved to be well worth it and came out with sources that I later combined with documents found in the U. S. National Archives, El archivo Nacional in Guatemala City, and the Schomburg Research Center in Harlem to publish articles, chapters, and post about Garveyism and food. Key to eating well cheaply on the west coast had been tapping into the Chicano food scene. Good Food on KCRW, an NPR affiliate in LA has become one of my favorite food shows. It covers the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market with related recipes, food trucks, restaurant reviews, foodways, and the full Monty on the LA food scene.

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Mexican Foodways and Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Mexico

Eating While Poor Series with Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Eating+While+Poor



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Back to School Series Part 3



As part of our going back to school serious, let's return to a high school experience. As a fund raiser each senior class at Croton Harmon High School (CHHS) in New York's Hudson Valley in the late 1970s sold donuts in the school cafeteria located on the first floor. Not just any donuts but donuts from the legendary Ossining Italian Bakery. One of my rituals in high school consisted of the daily purchase of two doughnuts for $.25 each and an individual small carton of milk for another quarter. The anticipated smell and taste of those delicious freshly baked and recently delivered warm glazed and jelly donuts made me eager to get to school each morning. Today the smell of a great bakery drives my memory back to the CHHS cafeteria and a beeline to purchase two donuts and a carton of milk. 

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Westchester County Foodways and Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Hudson+Valley+

Back To School Series: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Back+to+School+Series

Croton Harmon Stories with Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Croton+Harmon

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back School Series Par 2

Ray's (Goomba's) Deli, Riverside Ave, Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County, NewYork. One of the many delis in my home town (Photo Courtesy of Bill Tuttle)
Delis like Goomba's above were a big part of my home town of Croton-on-Hudson, New York and like pizza parlors, part of a larger defining aspect of Hudson Valley foodways that tell one about the Italian immigrants that settled in the region. I grew up with Italians and as result I know bit about a good deli sandwich. When making a wedge, the deli employee first took the provisions out of the display case, took the wraps off, and cut it on that large funky silver automatic slicer that cut the meat and cheese into thin slices like nothing. Customers watched as the person behind the counter caught the falling meat from the machine making sure they didn’t skimp on the cold-cuts layered gently on the wedge. There also the piping hot egg and peppers sandwich that's out of this world! I thought that everybody described these foot long sandwiches as a wedge. Since graduating from high school in 1981, I have lived in many parts of the North East, Atlanta, and traveled a lot for work. When I asked for a wedge (sandwich on a long piece of Italian bread) outside of Westchester I kept getting this strange looks. It took a long time to realize that people called my wedge a sub, grinder, hero, hoagie, Italian, po' boy (New Orleans), zep, torpedo, outside of Westchester.

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Croton Harmon Stories with Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Croton+Harmon

Westchester County Foodways and Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Hudson+Valley+

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Back to School Series Part 1

The Croton Dinner located on the corner of 9A and 129 in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Great food and a family atmosphere in 1970 

If you're from my home town of Croton-on-Hudson, or perhaps from any Westchester County town, back to school food as something to do with a local diner. In my town, high school students viewed the Croton Diner as an iconic symbol of our teenage experience in the 1970s and early 1980s. Open since 1970, the diner had a Greek owner who we all knew as Pete who wisely opened his place with a 24 hour operating schedule. In our small town no eatery competed with it because of its hours, great burgers, large salads, breakfast food (pancakes, waffles, French toast, and home fries) 24 hours a day, great baked goods—including killer fruit pies, and layer cakes by the slice, and enormous muffins. On a Friday or Saturday night, a corn bread muffin toasted on the grill and served with melted butter was one of my favorites! Baked large and thick, those corn muffins with a large glass of milk tied me over until breakfast the next day. Congrats Pete on celebrating 40 years in business! That is a real accomplishment in a town that has seen its share of restaurants, delis, and other eateries come and go. 

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Westchester County Foodways and Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Hudson+Valley+

Corn Series & Recipes For Corn Bread: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Corn+Series


Monday, August 11, 2014

Eating While Poor, The Costco Coupon Caper

Some shoppers considers coupons like gold
I am a regular grocery at the Costco and remember an experience at the company's Yonkers, New York store years ago. I inquired at the entrance about if the store had the coupons that they mail out to all members. An employee said yes, “they are like gold man!” He repeated the phrase emphatically, “they are like gold!” He explained, earlier in the week a cop calling fight broke out over Costco Food coupons. While shopping in one of the aisles the first customer stepped away from her carriage with a coupons book inside it to get something off a shelf. The second customer helped herself to the coupons which resulted in a pitched battle in the middle of the Costco. My Costco informant said, the two women “got up in each others’ faces ready to fight!” The first women called the Yonkers police department on her cell phone to report a robbery. When the officers arrived on the scene and the first women demanded the arrest of the coupon thief immediately. One of the officers responded, “Lady if you ever call us again over some Costco food coupons, we will arrest you!” Folks this is a true storey worthy of the 

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Uncommon Economic Indicators [Listen Now] http://www.wnyc.org/shows/bl/economic_indicators/

Friday, August 8, 2014

Eating While Poor in Grad School Pt 4

Costco coupons
Comprehensive exams (comps) are a set of rigorous oral and or written exams Ph.D. students take after the completion of course work (usually two years of course work). Comps evaluate if a student has mastered vital literature and if so they are ready to begin the research stage of their doctoral studies. Preparing for comps can take several months of intense study. I took comps in colonial North American history, Modern North American history, and colonial Latin America. It’s a very isolated time in one’s graduate studies and allot like basic training in the military. While preparing for comps most grad students only have time for the basics: barely sleeping, bathing, eating, and drinking. Graduate school provided me with some great memories and those years of intense focus on something you are passionate about without distraction are priceless. But I don’t need to prepare the person considering graduate school for the fun and enjoyable times, you will get through those time with no help needed. But details about comps and eating on a low budget, you need to know about before you say I do to a full time Ph.D. program. In this series I have been sharing strategies for surviving these often lean eating years. Clipping coupons is another strategy I used to eat on a low budget as a student.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Eating While Poor in Grad School Pt 3

Enjoying Mexican food with colleagues Peniel Joseph left and Ed Pavlic right
As a graduate student at Syracuse University (SU) in the 1990s, I had a $16,000 stipend to cover all of my expenses and that amount just did not get it done. As a result I had to come up with a strategy to pay the bills. One of the things I did was get a part time job selling footwear at Dick’s Sporting Goods which started as a small bait and tackle shop in Binghamton, New York in 1958. I worked at Dick’s back when it was just expanding; they had less than about five stores and not many outside of Binghamton or Syracuse ever heard of the company. Having money is about having food options; the option to fulfill one's food desires and wants and moving beyond purchasing food necessities. I had recently come from living in Guadalajara, Mexico and that city’s cuisine influenced what and how I ate in when I returned to the United States. Mexican cuisine can be great tasting, inexpensive, healthy and filling. Today enjoying good Mexican food always brings back memories.

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Eating While Poor Series with Recipes: 
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Peniel, Joseph on the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer: [Listen Now 39 min 40 http://www.wnyc.org/story/50th-anniversary-freedom-summer/