“Corny” Rituals Stand the Test of Time

I’m as corny as Kansas in August…

Lyrics from “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy”

from the musical South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein

It’s a favorite summertime ritual—steaming ears of sweet corn slathered with butter. Corn–or elote–is a popular treat in Mexico, too. And there the ritual is even more elaborate, involving your choice of toppings such as mayonnaise, chile powder, cotija cheese, and maybe a squeeze of lime. Here’s a recipe for the Mexican version of this tasty treat.

I suppose it’s fitting that the whole corn-on-the-cob ritual in Mexico should be more evolved than in the U.S. After all, they’ve been doing it a lot longer.

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A Consuming Passion for Chocolate

Twill make Old Women Young and Fresh; Create New Motions of the Flesh.

And cause them long for you know what, If they but taste of chocolate.

” A History of Nature and the Quality of Chocolate

James Wadworth (1768-1844)

In 1861, an Englishman by the name of Richard Cadbury first packaged chocolates in heart-shaped boxes for Valentine’s Day. It was an inspired idea.

After all, chocolate is the single most-craved food. According to food writer Tom Harte in his book, Stirring Words, close to one billion dollars are spent every year to purchase 40 million boxes of the sweet confections. Some 80% of Americans now identify Valentine’s Day as the #1 chocolate gift-giving occasion. But while the marketing ploys may be (relatively) new, the human passion for chocolate dates back much farther than the 1800s [Read more...]

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