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Janann Giles

The Hobby - Food By Janann Giles Although currently living in rural Georgia, Janann Giles has a family heritage rooted in rural Iowa. She is a writer who enjoys researching and bringing history alive in various media. In addition to this Blog other writing can be viewed at ...

A Pip of a Name

I love libraries.  I have stated this on more than one occasion but and this is a big BUT a Kindle Fire appeared in my stocking this Christmas.  It wasn’t love at first click but I’m warming up to the glow from the fire.    I’m fairly certain any statistician worth his or her data ...

A Dinner Party and a Hunting Knife or Two

The holiday are coming and with it the search for new recipes to serve at holiday parties.  I’ve been in a fall mood this week and randomly looking through cookbooks.  I believe I have found a cocktail that will amaze and astound your guests.  Imagine sweeping out of the kitchen, tray ...

Two Kitchen Mysteries Solved

I don’t know about you, but I kind of stumbled into Food History.  It’s not like I majored in the subject at college.  No, my education has come from the ever popular hobby of cruisin' yard sales, consignment shops and antique shops.  It is sad, the cooking utensils of my childhood ...

Recipe Cards and Star Wars – Forever Together in My Mind

First and foremost was a recipe for Eggplant Parmesan.  The card is has been splattered with water or grease but those stains don’t blur my memory.  It’s been years since I made this recipe but because of it I learned to appreciate eggplant; consequently I judge all Italian recipes by the ...

Knives Fit for a Lady to Collect and Use – Glass Knives

The glass knife I purchased isn’t as sharp as Bennies.  It has quite a few nicks on the cutting edge but standing in the antique store I knew I wanted that knife, flaws and all.  What’s the allure of glass knives anyway?  I can think of various reasons:  They were made in the USA; they ...

A Southern Classic – Peach Cobbler – So Easy a Child Can Make It

It’s so easy a child can make it – Peach cobbler.  Living in Georgia, the Peach State, we eat a lot of peach cobbler. Peach Cobbler in Georgia is like Key Lime Pie in Florida – every restaurant says they have “the best.”  You probably have a favorite recipe yourself and I’m sure ...

CCC Food – Part 2

“He won’t eat his vegetables!”  What mom hasn’t said that?  The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) didn’t have any moms around but the leaders in charge of the camps knew that in order to keep the young men working they had to serve healthy food.  Serving the food was one thing, ...

Food for the Tree Army – FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)

Before the Greatest Generation enlisted in the military during WWII, many were part of one of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s alphabet soup agencies – the Civilian Conservation Corps.Spread across the United States, these young men, 17 – 25, were sent out to reforest America.  In just three ...

One of My Heroes: Cooking Superstar Fannie Farmer

Yes, Fannie Farmer of the candy fame, but she was much more in the world of cooking ... a superstar before "superstar" was even a word. She was a celebrity chef who loved to cook and loved to eat. She was a woman ahead of her time.First you need to know her history to appreciate who she was ...

The Grandmother of Cooking Contests–The Pillsbury Bake-off

There was a time when the Pillsbury Bake-Off was a REALLY Big Deal; before television was taken over by reality shows and food challenges. Everyone, even noncooks watched the Bake-off.  Like the swallows in Capistrano or the cherry blossoms in Washington D.C., the Bake-off returned year ...

Library Food

You can take away HBO, cable TV and what the heck, even the television itself, and I can be perfectly happy because I have a library card and I know how to use it.Granted, to answer a trivia question or do some fast research, the internet is a godsend but I’ll put a good reference librarian ...

Patience Thy Name is Eagle…Bored Thou Art a 9 Year Old

It's Just a Matter of TimeYou only have a few more days to see the height of patience as the Decorah, Iowa, eagles sit on their three eggs.  The folks at the Raptor Research Project expect the first eaglet to hatch between March 23 and 25.  That’s this week!   If you haven’t been to ...

Girl Scouts – 100 Years of Camp Food

I’m a “take it or leave it” camper, with an emphasis on the leave it, but since I’ve been involved with Girl Scouts on and off since the mid-80s, I have spent a good deal of time inside tents (family size, backpacking, platform), cabins, screened porches and I’m sure other structures ...

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