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Tidbits & Tidings - 03/27/2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - Updated: 2:37 PM

Tidbits & Tidings


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"Time Marches Back"

To my way of thinking, the food mankind has eaten over the millennia has been dictated by three factors, science, technology and history. How else can you account for Twinkies, corn flakes or Chinese take-out?

Perhaps the most significant development in the kitchen came in 1914 with the introduction of an electric refrigerator that could make artificial ice. To this end, the March 1914 edition of The Modern Priscilla magazine announced its first Favorite Recipe Competition featuring Frozen Desserts.

One of many winners, Bisque Sartoni is described as being a very delicious and quickly made desert from Italy. It is made in the following manner. Take a half pint of cream beaten stiff to which has been added, twelve macaroons finely rolled, a half cup of nutmeats finely chopped and a quarter pound of candied cherries finely cut. Sugar to taste and one teaspoon of vanilla may be added, if liked. Put mixture into a baking powder can and pack in salt and ice for several hours.

Two and a half centuries ago, March 25, 1760, found Thomas Jefferson, a boarding student at William and Mary Collage, Williamsburg, Virginia, where students partitioned faculty for a change in menu. While they didn’t mind leftovers, it was requested that all students, at least at the same table be served the same kind, that salt and fresh meat be provided for dinner and that desserts, either pie or pudding be served three days a week including Sunday. I wonder if Thomas Jefferson signed his John Hancock on the petition.

-- “Feeding Our Founding Fathers” program April 1

FORT PLAIN -- On Tuesday, April 1, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Aaron Katovitch, chef and owner of The Table will present a talk on “Feeding Our Forefathers" at the Fort Plain Free Library. This much-anticipated event kicks off several more evenings of learning about food history. Cooking utensils of the period will be on display. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact the Fort Plain Free Library at (518) 993-4646 or check the website at


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