A few weeks ago, I wasn’t feeling well, and all I wanted was some chicken soup and a piece of homemade cake. Unfortunately, there were no reserve sweets in the freezer. When I had gotten sick or had been feeling under the weather some years ago, my mom would always come through with some soup and a homemade sweet.
The Northeast Times’ first edition rolled off the presses in 1934. That same year, Shirley Temple appeared in her first movie, John Dillinger was named Public Enemy Number One, FDR devalued the U.S. dollar, Babe Ruth hit his 700th home run and Bonnie and Clyde met their demise in a stolen Ford. Momentously, 1934 was also the year that Ritz Crackers were introduced by the National Biscuit Company at 19 cents a box. A loaf of bread was 8 cents and a pound of hamburger cost 12 cents, so maybe there was something ritzy about the crackers.
It’s officially autumn. Yesterday was the first full day of the season, and that means local apples are ripe for the picking and ready for eating. Without a doubt, there is a huge difference in taste between a locally picked apple and one that has been in cold storage. The flavor is not apples to apples. Local apples taste like the “homemade” version of what an apple should be. They are the epitome of flavor. Apples are one of the top fruit choices for Americans, and for many other people throughout the world, too. If you can purchase local apples during the next month or so, you are truly in for a treat. How do you like those apples?
Donna Zitter Bordelon
| September 24, 2014 |
Although Dunkin’ Donuts probably supplied the vast majority of morning nourishment at many of the polling places around Philadelphia yesterday, way back in the day, it was the local women who baked for the festivities that transpired on Election Day. Since 1771, the Election Day Cake was baked to give strength to the people who had traveled into the polling town to cast their votes and to socialize. With no computers to quickly tabulate results, there was a lot of snacking done through the night as the votes were counted.