Welcome to Food Historian

Foodhistorian.com was established in Fall 2008 as a fun, self-directed project combining of three of my favorite things:

1. engaging technology,
2. hands-on learning, and
3. cooking/food.

I hope it delights and entertains you and leads to some top notch cookery in your very own kitchen.

I also hope that it encourages you to become your own, self-appointed family food historian on a mission to capture your own recipes, memories, traditions and history - all surrounding great food.

Caponata - Ralph's Grandmother's Original Recipe

Caponata is the perfect Summer cooking project - it combines fresh eggplant, onions, and celery with canned tomatoes, capers and pinenuts. It cooks down into a wonderful spread for bread or crackers. It can also be used as a relish, condiment, side dish, or a sauce when tossed with hot pasta.

Folks love caponata and they demand the recipe whenever I make it here in the "nut house". And so I share it with everyone below. It is in handwritten scribbles from my dear friend and favorite pennywhistler, Dr. Ralph Minervino of Rochester NY.


Far too many traditional, old-fashioned, family recipes are lost in the modern day shuffle. So, so SAD!

Sylvia's Bok Choy Salad - A Happy Mother's Day or Anytime Treat

When I turned 49, my girlfriends bought me a groovy, blank book with a decorative cover. The idea was that we would keep a log of our annual celebratory activities, inspiring thoughts, and details of our prolific, edible indulgences. We've done a pretty good job at keeping it going year after year - it's become my "go to book" for special recipes.

Last week, for my 57th celebration, I pulled it out again and made two of the recipes - Sylvia's Bok Choy Salad and Moroccan Chicken. Both were big hits and I share the salad recipe below. - it came from my Mom's best friend Kaye Halter who got it from Sylvia.

It's a crowd pleaser and I know for a fact that my neighbor and fiddle friend Patty is preparing it for her family's Mother's Day celebration today.

Enjoy!
And Happy Mother's Day!


Ingredients:
  • 1 bunch bok choy
  • 1 bunch scallions
  • 1 packages ramen noodles
  • 1/2 cup or more slivered almonds
  • 3 cloves garlic

Forget the usual paty cake, make a cake pop instead!

How can commenting on cake pops be a bad assignment? Any project that starts with research by eating has my name on it. Thanks to the internet, the world is my oyster and so I eat, research, write and submit. This time, the rest was left to Phorum Dalal in Mumbai who produced this delightful article for the Sunday Mid-Day.

http://www.mid-day.com/lifestyle/2013/jun/160613-forget-the-usual-paty-c...

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