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Dalhart TX, Dallam County Exhibit 1906, Trans-Canadian Fair,
Dallam County Exhibit 1906, Trans-Canadian Fair, Dalhart, TX
Courtesy Dan Whatley Collection

Food & Beverages

  • Fascinated by food facts by Delbert Trew
    About ketchup, pinto beans and chili

  • The Great Blackeyed Pea Hoax by C. F. Eckhardt
    Did you eat blackeyed peas for good luck on New Year's Day? Did you do so because it's a 'great ante-bellum Southern tradition?' If so, congratulations. You have been scammed by one of the most likeable con-artists in Texas history...

  • A Short History of Beer in Texas by Clay Coppedge

  • Beer Wars by Michael Barr

  • Biscuits by Mike Cox
    "...Back when or now, cooking biscuits involves more than combining the ingredients and baking the result. As the “McLintock” scene suggests, good biscuits almost do seem divinely inspired..."

  • Biscuits, even the 'whomp' kind, make world a better place by Delbert Trew
    All biscuits talked about so far have been "made from scratch" using mostly flour, baking powder, soda, shortening, a pinch of salt and milk or water. This mix has to be rolled flat, cut or formed and allowed to rise in a warm place, leaving a big mess in the kitchen. In the end, seldom did a batch of biscuits turn out exactly like the last effort, although the same measurements were used.

  • Bison: It's not just for Native Americans anymore. by Brewster Hudspeth

  • Bread by Mike Cox
    Pan de campo, Official state bread of Texas

  • Butter - All types of things happened when making butter by Delbert Trew

  • Chicken and Dumplings by Mike Cox
    History & recipe.

  • The Great Chicken-Fried Steak Hoax by Mike Cox
    Ever wonder how a legend gets started? I had a small role in the creation of what has become one of Texas’ most enduring pieces of “fakelore” -- the story of the invention of the chicken-fried steak.

  • Chili by Mike Cox
    How chili came to be, canning chili, chili con carne, “Chili Queens” ...

  • The Naming of Chili by Luke Warm

  • National Dish of Texas by C. F. Eckhardt
    Chili con carne is the national dish of Texas. It was invented in Texas by Texas natives-literally-and it's made right only in Texas...

  • Churros by Maggie Van Ostrand
    Don Churrero - "The churro cannot be 'made,' it can only be created. Further, the churro's creator must be touched by the hand of God himself, for to partake of the delights of a churro is to know heaven on earth."

  • Texas Corn

  • In Praise of Texas Corn by Clay Coppedge
    While it might be a stretch to think of corn as a native Texas plant, it comes close...

  • Early Texans relied on corn for cakes, livestock by Delbert Trew
    To the early Texas settlers, raising corn was a matter of life or death.

  • Cornbread - 'My mama's cornbread' discussion gets hot by Delbert Trew

  • Cornbread by Mike Cox

  • Caffeine - Want to know how much a caffeine addict you are?
    by Dr. C. K. Wong, M.D.
    Coffee, tea, CocaCola, chocolate .....

  • Coffee - "To Drink or Not to Drink"....your cup of coffee
    by Dr. C. K. Wong, M.D.
    To drink or not to drink, and how much ....

  • Making Deer Sausage the Old-Fashioned Way by Michael Barr

  • Dewberry by Mike Cox
    Rubus trivialis, or southern dewberry, and dewberry Cobbler recipe.
    "Full of vitamin C, dewberries also have lesser amounts of vitamins A and B, along with minerals. And they taste good, sweeter than their relative, the blackberry."

  • Hamburger - Inventing the Hamburger by Bob Bowman
    When Hamburger University, the McDonald's training school and research group, went looking for the origin of the hamburger some years ago, they concluded that it was introduced at the 1904 St Louis World's Fair by an anonymous food vender. But it wasn¹t until the 1980s that it was discovered that the vendor was from East Texas.

  • The hog, the whole hog, nothin' but the hog by Delbert Trew

  • Pittsburg’s Hot Links by Bob Bowman
    Few East Texas foods are as well-known as those spicy sausages, better known as “hot links,” served at Pittsburg (the one in East Texas).

  • Hushpuppies by Bob Bowman
    The annual Southern Hushpuppy Cookoffs in Lufkin

  • Mayhaws: A spring delicacy by Bob Bowman
    Mayhaws are to East Texans what blueberries are to Maine.

  • Metheglin by Clay Coppedge
    Metheglin, the brew, has fared well in the intervening years. From being the drink-of-choice for intemperate settlers, it's now bottled and rhapsodized over like fine wine. Spicing appears to be the key to quality metheglin.

  • Milk - Got sweet, skim, sour, butter or scalded milk? by Delbert Trew

  • Moon Pies by Bob Bowman
    A friend sent our family a couple of Moon Pies a few days ago. Our first reaction was: “Are Moon Pies still being made today?'’

  • Texas Onions by John Troesser
    "The Mother of All Sweet Onions": the Texas Grano 502, and the Vidalia onion

  • Peaches by Mike Cox
    The peach tree outside the old stone structure in Burnet at the site of Fort Croghan and Mrs. Ross’ Croghan Cobbler recipe...

  • Psychic Persimmons by Dana Goolsby
    Folklore reveals that superstitions about cutting persimmon trees may help cure warts, cancer and even predict weather, even Texas weather.

  • Potatoes - Once lowly fare, potatoes enjoy popularity by Delbert Trew

  • Pumpkins by Mike Cox

  • Salt of the South by Clay Coppedge
    "The Confederate Salt Works at Lometa operated in a manner common to France and Germany but almost unheard of in the south."

  • Tortilla - "It Takes a Tortilla…" Mexicans Turn to an Ancient Reliable Snack by Sheila Mayne
    Tacos are categorized and labeled according to both their mode of preparation and according to their filling. Taco stands usually have a sign indicating which type of taco, by preparation and/or filling, they sell.

  • Wine - Hitting the Marc by Byron Browne
    The wine industry in Texas is blooming. The Texas Agriculture Department lists almost 120 wineries in the state and reports that as of 2007, Texas is this country’s 5th largest producer of grapes and wine. For anyone who has traveled to west Texas or the Hill Country...

  • TX - Corpus Christi Cabbage
    Corpus Christi Cabbage
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/

    Food Preparation, Traditions, Stories & History

  • Jackrabbit Stew and Other Delicacies by Michael Barr 11-1-23

  • Cool Times at the Ice House by Michael Barr 6-15-23

  • Col. Otto Wahrmund - Beer Business Icon by Michael Barr 5-15-23

  • Making Deer Sausage the Old-Fashioned Way by Michael Barr 11-1-22
  • Ludwig Vorauer - Winemaker and Nurseryman by Michael Barr 10-1-22
  • Tasty Texas Ingenuity by Clay Coppedge 12-2-18
    Dr Pepper, Texas grapefruit, Frito & Texas Onion
  • Bakeries Rise to the Occasion by Michael Barr 6-1-23

  • Standing in line at Dietz Bakery by Michael Barr 9-15-21

  • Sunny Side Hut by Michael Barr 10-1-20

  • The Zentners by Mike Cox 1-9-20

  • Onion Season and the Triplets by Dennis Parrish 1-4-20

  • Cornbread by Mike Cox 12-18-19

  • Lange's Mill by Michael Barr 8-16-19

  • Allan's Anti Fat by Mike Cox 8-9-19

  • Fruitcake by Mike Cox 12-19-18
    From Corsicana's famous Collin Street Bakery

  • ButterKrust Bakery by Mike Cox 10-24-18

  • Broccoli Sign Stops Bush Motorcade by Michael Barr 5-1-18

  • HEB - A Lesson in the Grocery Business by Michael Barr 1-15-18

  • Dixie Pig by Mike Cox

  • "The Coffee that Won the West" by Mike Cox

  • Dallas Fair Park - Food and Fiber Building by Clint Skinner

  • Ranger Cookies by Mike Cox

  • Texas Born, Texas Bread by Mike Cox

  • Texas Rangers' Honey Forage Costs Them Dearly by Mike Cox

  • LBJ and the Politics of Barbeque by Michael Barr

  • Boardin’ in the Thicket: Recipes and Reminisces of Early Big Thicket Boarding Houses by Wanda A. Landrey

  • Ghost of Cookies Past by Mike Cox

  • Ham by Mike Cox

  • Gail Borden by Wanda Orton

  • Metheglin Creek by Clay Coppedge

  • How Photographer Drew Kapalach’s Camera Sees Galveston by Bill Cherry
    How George Mitchell taught his kids the importance of percentages with ice-cream cones..

  • Green Bread and Brown Bananas by John Troesser

  • Texas Teatime by Frances Giles
    Recently I was visited by a friend from junior high days and her young adult granddaughter and was reminded once again what a marvelous bonding agent a pot of hot tea can be.

  • Come to Me, My Melon-choly Babies by Frances Giles
    Watermelon, a high Summer treat if there ever was one. It ranked right up there alongside baseball, exploring and running through the hose, as far as great ways to spend the unencumbered days.

  • Close encounters of the canned kind by Wanda Orton

  • Peyote by Clay Coppedge

  • Texas Oysters Saved 6 Lives by Ken Rudine

  • Putting up peaches brings back memories by Delbert Trew
    Putting up peaches, and a recipe even cowboys could produce

  • Rationing during WWII - How sweet it wasn't by Wanda Orton
    Growing up in World War II wasn't all bad. There were some good days...

  • The Town of Twin Groceries by Bob Bowman

  • Frank, the Butcher by Bruce Martin
    For a good portion of my father’s adult life, he worked as a butcher in local neighborhood grocery store meat markets, well before the age of chain stores and packaged foods.

  • The Biscuit and Cornbread Whistles by Bob Bowman
    The siren was likely blown for loftier reasons such as personnel shift changes and fires, but Dibollians came to know the sounds as “the biscuit whistle” and the “cornbread whistle.”

  • Pinto Beans by Mike Cox
    Pinto beans were a staple in 19th century Texas and continue to be today, but their history goes back even further... By the time of Texas’ Anglo colonization, pinto beans (better known in the Southwest as frijoles or Pecos Strawberries) had become ubiquitous...

  • A Lesson in the Sociology of Galveston Commerce by Bill Cherry
    A story of Daniel Serrato's pushcart of freshly made hot tamales and the most photographed home in Galveston The Open Gates...

  • The Beer Train by Mike Cox

  • Prohibition by Archie P. McDonald

  • El Camino Olive Trail
    Oliver trees, growers and harvests

  • Things here and there by Bob Bowman
    Of biscuits, apple peel, and more

  • Most everyone has interesting tidbits to share by Delbert Trew
    Ways of raising chickens and "putting up sausage."

  • Food for the family in tough times..... And the tools to use by Nolan Maxie
    We grew many various kinds of vegetables in the garden; onions; cabage; lettuce; carrots; radishes; turnips; beans; peas; squash; orka; cellery and others. You can do it yourself, too!

  • Texas’ Oldest Bakery Ships Thousands of Pounds of Holiday Desserts by Dana Goolsby
    The oldest bakery in Texas has been busy all year preparing for their busiest season of the year. The holiday season rush begins during the hot East Texas summer months for Eilenberger’s Bakery, located in historic downtown Palestine.

  • Christmas Dinner by Mike Cox
    In the letter the Galveston News published on Dec. 21, 1893, the former ranger A. J. Sowell expanded on an incident he had only mentioned briefly in his 1884 book “Rangers and Pioneers of Texas.”

  • Pecans by Mike Cox
    There’s more to the nut produced by Texas’ official state tree than food value...

  • A Young Man, His Kirwin Education, Mike Gaido’s Mentoring & the Fellow with the $50,000 by Bill Cherry
    "It’s a story about my Galveston friend Benno Deltz. I don’t think I’ve ever told it to you. Draw close. You’re going to love the ending."

  • The Purity Ice Cream Factory and the Ten O’Clock Valve
    Like Blue Bell ice cream, until it closed, Purity was so popular in Galveston County that few drugstore soda fountains or neighborhood grocery stores carried any other brand...

  • Candy Shops and Crossbones; Slaton, Texas 1920s by James Villanueva
    In the early 1920’s, Slaton was a thriving city with a population of more than 6,000 and various candy shops and confectioneries fought and competed over satisfying Slaton’s sweet tooth. The 1920s was a golden age for candy companies throughout the country...

  • Smuggling Liquor by C. F. Eckhardt
    From 1919 until 1933 the United States was in the throes of one of the worst mistakes it has ever made—prohibition. Texas has the longest border with Mexico of any state. Mexico had no prohibition. Just across the Rio Grande was a very thirsty state...

  • "Gathering Pecans" - Arlington WPA Mural

  • Remembrance of Things Fried: Mr. Shipley and Mrs. Hurley by Ken Rudine

  • Ice in Summer by Clay Coppedge
    Glance at brief histories of Texas communities where business from a given year are listed and you notice how many towns included an icehouse right along with the churches, stores, post offices and cotton gins...

  • Luke Brown Seedless Watermelons and Grocery Store Personalities
    or The Quality Goes in Before the Face Goes On
    by Brewster Hudspeth

  • Kate Polly's Pancakes by Mike Cox
    Next time you fry a stack of pancakes, imagine what it would be like if your life and the well-being of your children depended on it.

  • How the 1943 Roof of Mike Gaido’s Drive In Helped Him Keep His Feet on the Ground
    Mike Gaido’s first business venture in Galveston was not a big and glorious seafood restaurant like it is today, but a drive-in...

  • Hauling Corn Crop to Market at Age 13 by Henry Skupin
    Excerpted from "Growing Up On the Farm"

  • Grape Creek Winery by Byron Browne
    You know what’s fun? Besides listening to Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach speak- fun is drinking a nice, refreshing, Texas wine on a Saturday afternoon...

  • 1935 Professional Baseball Pitcher, R.S. Maceo, Sr., Says It’s All in the Olive Salad by Bill Cherry
    What separates the authentic muffaletta from the copy is the recipe for the sandwich spread that we afficionados refer to as “olive salad.” It’s one of those things you either make right or it’s wrong. There’s no such thing as reasonably OK olive salad. And the muffaletta has to be made with a muffa roll...

  • Old-timers' tales - true or not by Delbert Trew
    When old-timers gather and talk about the good old days, you never know whether the story is the real truth or exaggerated nonsense. Here are a few samples I remember or have heard lately...

  • Chicken Fried Steak: An Unbiased Recommendation by Britt Towery
    One thing I have tired to do through the years is to visit Underwood's Bar-B-Q when near Brownwood. Pity the poor traveler who is in Brownwood on a Wednesday...

  • Chinkapins: Country Kids Love'em by N. Ray Maxie
    The burley little nut actually resembles a small chestnut, and rightly so, it is of the chestnut family...

  • Rio Grande Valley, Winter Texans and Texas BBQ by Ken Rudine
    When you find a place with smoke coming from a pit, burning mesquite, with beef brisket cooking that means you have found a genuine location for BBQ...

  • Indian Stories by Mike Cox
    A family were just about to sit down to supper when a Comanche Indian burst into their residence and wolfed down all their food...

  • Bright and Early Coffee and Tea by Bob Bowman
    Once upon a time, Bright & Early Coffee and Tea signs, usually painted on the sides of barns and country stores, could be found in most Southern states, including Texas.

  • Pear preserves always worth the work by Delbert Trew
    Each year in late September or early October, if Mother Nature allows, the Trews "put up pear preserves." As long as I can remember this annual routine has taken place...

  • Nothing to Fear But Thanksgiving by Maggie Van Ostrand
    The government is interfering in our lives yet again. They have decided to add yet another fear to the long list of things they tell us to be scared of: holiday food.

  • Fresh beef top concern for settlers by Delbert Trew
    Before refrigeration arrived in rural areas, a system called "meat clubs" allowed families to keep fresh meat all year.

  • "Watermelons Fresh and Fine. Watermelons Right off the Vine." by N. Ray Maxie
    Truck farming in the Ark-La-Tex during the Great Depression was a very necessary way of life. Everyone that was able to work cultivated a pretty large garden and some even had larger “truck patches” of watermelons...

  • Mayhaws: A spring delicacy by Bob Bowman
    "In case you haven't lived in East Texas for a long time, mayhaws are to East Texans what blueberries are to Maine. The trouble is they don't grow in convenient places like fields and roadside bar ditches. Most mayhaws are found in swamps, river bottoms and other places where large snakes, giant mosquitoes and other varmits make their home..."

  • Coffee Drinkers by Mike Cox
    Since practically forever, Texans all across the state have practiced this little-known daily routine of coffee and conversation. Though more common in small towns, no-dues, no officers coffee clubs occasionally develop in the bigger cities...

  • Preserving Meat on the Frontier C. F. Eckhardt
    According to DR. CHASE'S RECIPES OR INFORMATION FOR EVERYBODY, the thirty-sixth edition of which came out in 1866, here are some recipes for preservation of meat without refrigeration...

  • This Little Piggy Stayed Home by Linda Kirkpatrick
    This story is about the important but disgusting details of butchering the ill fated little pig and preparing the meat for the table. It is not for the faint of heart...

  • Staple Shopping Mike Cox
    Need a loaf of bread? Unless you live in a particularly remote area, a plastic bag of sliced sandwich covers and gravy soppers rests on the shelf only a few minutes away at a nearby and aptly named convenience store. But in the 19th century Texans did not get to enjoy all that much convenience, especially when it came to shopping...

  • One Time a Kitten Named Elijah Came to the Passover Seder Table to Bring Wisdom by Bill Cherry
    The most important holy day to Jews is the 14th day of Nisan. It marks Passover. Passover's purpose is to celebrate God's deliverance of His people from the bondage of sin. This historical event is contemplated by Jews at an evening family meal known as the Seder... An irony of Christianity is that Jesus' last supper was a Passover Seder...

  • Water supply not to be taken for granted by Delbert Trew
    Today we think nothing of turning on a faucet to get water. Daily, millions of gallons of water are used, saved, wasted, discussed, bought and sold without raising an eyebrow. Well, folks, it hasn't always been that way...

  • Annual pear event preserves the past by Delbert Trew
    One annual event that comes as regularly as sunrise at the Trew house is the making of pear preserves...

  • White Lightning by Clay Coppedge
    "Moonshining, in Texas and elsewhere, reached its peak during prohibition, from 1919 to 1933. Prohibition made it illegal to manufacture or consume alcoholic beverages, but moonshiners viewed more often as folk heroes as outlaws..."

  • Can you please pass the salt? by Delbert Trew
    Many of the elements we take for granted today have incredible histories. The most outstanding of these is table salt...

  • Home canning was a high-pressure job by Delbert Trew
    There was a time between root cellars and refrigeration when pressure cookers were used to preserve food. The Great Depression and Dust Bowl were blowing full force, home gardens were feeding the populace and preservation of meat and produce was an absolute necessity to survive. Interestingly, steam pressure canning dates back to Napoleon, the French general who offered a cash prize to anyone who could invent a process to preserve food for his traveling armies.

  • Sam's Mother-in-Law by Mike Cox
    "Despite the rocky beginning of their relationship, Sam Houston treated Mrs. Nancy Lea, his mother-in-law, with all due respect. He must have learned to accept her eccentricities as well, like the lard incident..."

  • Priddy Good Sandwiches by Mike Cox
    Here's the recipe, with a caution that even by using all the ingredients Mrs. Hohertz does, the sandwich won't be nearly as good the ones she makes...

  • The Possum Dinner by Bob Bowman
    While most East Texans were planning Thanksgiving dinners in 1929, four old friends in Frankston were sitting down for a meal of possum and sweet potatoes...

  • Haphazard biscuits now memories by Delbert Trew
    Watching Aunt Ruby Wilkinson make biscuits provided more entertainment than seeing a three-ring circus...

  • East Texas Savior of the French Wine Industry by Archie P. McDonald
    Those who favor a glass of wine, especially French wine, may not be aware of the debt they and the French owe to Dr. Thomas Volney Munson of Denison, Texas

  • Crocks: The Tupperware of their day by Delbert Trew
    "As a little boy I can remember crocks, and crock-type bowls that were in everyday use in the Trew homes. My favorite crock story tells of chuck wagon cooks who kept their sourdough batch growing in a small crock with a lid...."

  • Canning remains popular throughout time by Delbert Trew

  • Yoakum's Soda-Pop War by Murray Montgomery
    "[About] two men in Yoakum who were competitors in the manufacture and sale of soft drinks. They both kept cutting prices until it got to the point where neither of them could make a profit..."

  • Grease by George Lester
    "Our farm was a featureless plain except for the creek bottom with its tall trees and cool shady areas along the sparse stream. Down there, we discovered the delicacy of crawdad tails..."

  • How Sweet It Was by George Lester
    "I may have this wrong, but the best I can remember it, my father had a unique way of deciding where to have our vegetable garden each year..."

  • Adventures in Egg Gathering by Neal Crausbay
    McAdoo, Texas, 1948

  • Hunger Pains by George Lester

  • 'Waste not, want not' was law at supper by Delbert Trew
    Living close to food source, working to prepare it instilled appreciation

  • The Smorgasbord by Geroge Lester
    A school lunch story

  • Ice Scream! by George Lester

  • Oyster Stew by George Lester

  • Sausage Biscuits by George Lester

  • Drug Store Centennial by Bob Bowman
    The San Augustine Drug Store will in May (2004) celebrate a hundred years of doing business at the same location in downtown San Augustine; and a fountain drink known as "The Grapefruit Highball."

  • The Murchison Hotel by Bob Bowman
    "There are some things about the East Texas Plate Lunch that are sacred and should not be messed with by either the cook or the customer."

  • The Corn Crib by Bob Bowman
    "In early East Texas, corn cribs were as essential to farmers as their plows and mules. Used to store corn on the floor and peanuts in the rafters, the cribs enabled families to store food for themselves and their livestock for the winter months."

  • Dinner on the Grounds by Bob Bowman
    It was an annual feast we remembered for a year -- and a place where we often found rare and out-of-season delicacies.

  • The East Texas Plate Lunch by Bob Bowman
    The real culinary treasure of Texas. It is a savory, although unsung, pleasure that comes only from caring country cooks who have mastered the magic of bacon drippings and cornbread baking.

  • Poke Sallet by Bob Bowman
    "There isn't a better country dish in East Texas."

  • Pie Suppers by Bob Bowman
    But here in East Texas, I've always felt that some of our folks devised an ingenious way to deprive politicians of money right when they need it the most. It's called the pie supper. And it works this way...

  • Barbecue Bust by Mike Cox
    With more than 20,000 chanting anti-war protestors headed downtown from UT, the governor decided he was hungry for barbecue...

  • They don’t sell for money at any price (1864)

  • A Salt Lake near El Paso by Delbert Trew

  • Inventions sprung from filling needs by Delbert Trew

  • "Western Cuisine"
    Hale Center mural

  • Syrup Pails and Biscuits Texas Memories by Jerry Wayne Davis

  • Whirlwind Lt. John Lapham Bullis and the Seminole Negro Scouts by C. F. Eckhardt
    Iced tea in religeous rituals

  • Home Demonstration in Texas by Luke Warm

  • Mister Shipley and Me by Ken Rudine

  • TX - Corpus Christi  Mexican Kitchen
    Mexican Kitchen, Corpus Christi, Texas
    1911 Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/

    Food Humor & Opinion

  • Hot for hot chocolate by Jase Graves 1-24-23
    The social media-famous Rubyzaar Baked Liquid S'mores

  • Nearly nailed it! (Asian food edition) by Jase Graves 11-1-22

  • Eat your just desserts by Jase Graves 5-2-22

  • Happy birthday cake to me by Jase Graves

  • Keep Austin's Doughnuts Weird by Jase Graves

  • Curl up and Diet by Jase Graves

  • Silly Chili, "Graet" Ice Cream, and a Texan in the Queen City by Jase Graves

  • Newshounds/Chowhounds by Wanda Orton

  • Count Your Nuts: How We Are Being Cheated At The Grocery Store by Maggie Van Ostrand

  • There's Something Fishy About This Dish Frances Giles

  • Dilutions of Grandeur by Frances Giles
    My culinary conservation effort

  • Waiter, Bring Me an Order of Gluten and a Large Glass of Lactose by Maggie Van Ostrand

  • Frederick Law Olmsted by Clay Coppedge
    One of the most important people from American history that most people have never heard of was Frederick Olmsted Law who designed New York City’s Central Park and dozens if not hundreds of others parks and public places. He also emerges today as something akin to Texas’ first food critic.

  • Regional expressions by Bob Bowman
    East Texas expressions seem to be making a comeback. I recently heard a man say that his wife "has a biscuit in the oven," referring to the fact that she was pregnant...

  • Cooking With Scissors by Maggie Van Ostrand
    These are not your mother's days of shiny can openers and good looking utensils. Instead, as a defense against the frustrating packaging from the supermarket, what do I take every time I go into the kitchen? A toolbelt, that's what. And that includes the most important household implement: Scissors.

  • Pickle Intervention by Elizabeth Bussey Sowdal
    It is a sad day when a young adult child is confronted with the realization that her parents are not super-heroes, that they are not members of some omnipotent, omniscient, immortal race of superior beings...

  • Vegetable Abuse by Peary Perry
    "... It seems to me that each and every day gets shorter and shorter and I have more and more to accomplish. I envy people who seem to have extra time on their hands. Like a group of people who have formed an organization to prevent abuse to vegetables..."

  • Crawfish and Cats by N. Ray Maxie

  • The Dreaded Friendship Bread by Elizabeth Bussey Sowdal
    Maybe you have an acquaintance who is domestic. One who likes to decorate and sew and hot glue things to other things with fabulous results. Maybe you have one who cooks. If you do, you have probably been the recipient of a bag of Friendship Bread Starter...

  • Say Bartender, Make Mine Tuna on the Rocks by Maggie Van Ostrand
    In the Bible, Jesus turns water into wine and multiplies two fishes into enough to feed 12,000 people, including women and children. Can China top that? Seems as though they're going to try.

  • The Budget by George Lester
    Have you ever been desperately hungry? I don't mean missing lunch because of a busy schedule or running out of provisions on a camping trip. That is nothing compared to the kind of hunger I endured in the mid fifties...

  • The Corn is as High as an Elephant's Eye by Maggie Van Ostrand
    Is it unreasonable to think that the Mexican people should be able to have their customary corn tortillas at mealtime? It seems so. Politics has again reared its ugly head, and this time, the platform is "Corn produces ethanol and ethanol fuels automobiles!"...

  • Finger Lickin’ Good by Elizabeth Bussey Sowdal
    "It must be awfully hard to be the youngest child. I have been missing my brother who moved recently to Arizona, and that has made me remember all kinds of things about growing up with him..."

  • Pet Peeves: Coffee, Stereos and Thermostat by Peary Perry

  • Food and Diet by Peary Perry
    "This year I’ve decided to get a head start on my annual pilgrimage towards the torture of exercise and caloric reduction. No more pie, no more cake, no more anything that remotely tastes good...."

  • The Ten Years Are Up. It's Time to Clean the Refrigerator by Maggie Van Ostrand

  • Chili by Luke Warm

  • The Texas Pudding Solution or Are We Having Flan, yet?
    by John Troesser
    "If no good deed goes unpunished, and every silver lining needs a dark cloud, then every solution needs a problem. In this case the solution is pudding - the problem is chili..."

  • I Can't Believe We Are Not Butter by John Troesser

  • The Masked, Mystery Gourmet - Aida Lott by John Troesser
    Chef Boyardee, Julia Child, Uncle Ben, Betty Crocker, Mrs. Baird, ‘Little Debbie', The Green Giant and General Mills.

  • Sweetwater TX, 1910,  Woman Making Tortilla

    Making "tortillas" in Sweetwater
    Vintage photo courtesy Will Beauchamp Collection

    Texas Food Capitals
    Food Capitals & Towns with Food in their History
  • Athens - "Black-eyed pea capitol of the world"
  • Alvord - Annual Watermelon Festival since 1922, now replaced by Pioneer Day
  • Balmorhea - World Championship Frijole Cookoff
  • Barstow - Won a silver medal for grapes at the 1904 World's Fair
  • Caldwell - "Kolache Capital of Texas"
  • Centerville - Blackeye Pea Festival from 1937 until WWII.
  • Crystal City - “Spinach Capital of the World”
  • Commerce - Crawfish Festival in May
  • Conroe - Cajun Catfish Festival in October
  • Corsicana - Fruitcake Capital
  • Cotulla - "The Mother of All Sweet Onions": The Texas Grano 50
  • De Leon - Peanut
  • Elgin - "Hot Guts"
  • Falfurrias - Butter
  • Flatonia - Chili
  • Floresville - "Peanut Capital of Texas"
  • Fredericksburg - Peaches
  • Gilmer - Yams. The Yamboree is perhaps the oldest food festival in the state. Third Thur., Fri., and Sat. each October.
  • Golden - Sweet Potato Festival on the fourth Saturday of October
  • Gorman - "Gorman Peanut Festival Second Saturday in September"
  • Graham - In 1877, the Cattle Raisers Association was organized, today known as the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.
  • Floydada - "Pumpkin Capital USA"
  • Floyd County - Punkin Festival
  • Hempstead - Watermelon
  • Jacksonville - "Tomato capital of the world" early 1900s
  • Iago - Cane
  • La Grange, Monument Hill - The Black Bean Episode
  • Lockhart - Barbecue Capital of Texas
  • Lufkin - Annual Southern Hushpuppy Cookoffs
  • Luling - Watermelon
  • Malakoff - Cornbread
  • McDade - Watermelon
  • Medina - "Apple Capital of Texas"
  • Mission - Texas Citrus Fiesta, an annual celebration in January
  • Mykawa - Rice
  • Oatmeal - Oatmeal
  • Pasadena - Strawberry Capital, annual Strawberry Festival
  • Pearsall - "Home of the Potato Fest"
  • Pecos - Cantaloupes
  • Pittsburg - Hot Links
  • Poteet - Strawberries
  • Putnam - The source of the Burkett Papershell Pecan
  • San Benito - Cabbage Day
  • San Saba - Pecan
  • Seagraves - "The Caged Egg Production Center of the World" - 1950s
  • Seguin - "Home of the World's Largest Pecan"
  • Sheridan - Fig Capital
  • Stonewall - Peaches
  • Terlingua - Chili Cookoff
  • Weatherford - "Peach Capital of Texas"
  • Weslaco - Onions
  • Weslaco Fruit Fashion - Weslaco's fruit, vegetable and flower show - Selected women's fashion entries 1936 TO 1950.
  • Windthorst - Dairy Capital of North Texas in 1920s
  • South Texas - Citrus

  • La Feria Tx - Carrot Harvest
    Harvesting Carrots in Rio Grande Valley
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/

    Food Mysteries
  • Relationship Status: It's Complicated or Killer Soup by Mike Cox 5-9-18
    Arsenic Poisoning in the 1800s.

  • Poisoned Supper by Bob Bowman
    A tragic, unthinkable incident in the spring of 1847, frequently associated with the Regulator-Moderator War, remains after 157 years one of East Texas’ worst mass murders -- if it was murder.

  • Cartoons by Roger T. Moore
  • Eat Out
  • Jalapeno Texas official state hot pepper
  • Poisoned Coffee
  • Frito Pie
  • A 10 lb. Sweet Potato in Coleman
  • Alabama Indians brought peach seeds to Texas
  • Warring Indians & Prickly Pears
  • The Famous Texas 1015 Sweet Onion
  • Coffee Substitute
  • Fritos: 1932 Corn Chip Recipe
  • Rattlesnake falls on Father Moczygemba's dinner table
  • Jalapeno, Texas official state hot pepper
  • Mesquite Beans
  • Texas' First Thanksgiving Feast
  • World's First Ice Factory
  • Good Texans Know
  • First Texas Women's Fair - Sanitory Baking
  • Steaks
  • Coffee
  • Menudo Cook Off
  • Halloween, Texas Pumpkin
  • Fruitcake Capital
  • Eating Out
  • Pioneer Happy Meal
  • Whiskey in the Red River
  • Texas Pumpkins
  • Chili Powder
  • 2-Alarm Chili
  • Biggest Pecan Pie
  • WWII Rationing
  • Toffee
  • Cattail
  • Coahuiltecan Indians' Diet
  • Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto liked pork chops
  • Corn Dog
  • Lubbock Goes "Wet" Selling Liquor
  • Chewing Gum
  • BBQ Joints
  • Hamburger
  • Chili
  • Condensed Milk
  • Champagne at San Jacinto
  • Frijole Cookoff in Balmorhea
  • Game Preserves
  • Jalapeno Champion

  • Poems
    "Once Upon a Line" Light verse and poetry by d.knape

  • The Nothing Burger 1-24-23
  • Cheeto Stains
  • Former Farmers
  • Common Scents
  • Spice of Life
  • BBQ
  • Identity Problem
  • French Fries
  • Fruitcake
  • Mushroom
  • Beans
  • Sinful Behavior
  • Peeling Potatoes
  • Peeling Pecans
  • Hershey Bar
  • Ding Dong

  • Food Signs & Ghost Signs
  • Anna - "Beech-Nut Sliced Bacon" Ghost Sign

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