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Old 03-22-2015, 08:04 AM   #1
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100 Years of American Food

I stumbled on this article at David Leite's site, Leite's Culinaria, this morning. It's on my top 10 favorite food sites. It's a little long, but a great read.


100 Years of American Food: 1900 to 1999

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Why did that Share, Tweet and Facebook stuff show up at the bottom of my post? I don't think I put it there and I can't remove it.
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I was talking with one of my kids about all the changes they and mostly me have seen in our lifetime. I told him we went from the outhouse to outer space in less than 50 years. And then we got on the food. From growing our own in the back yard to running to the store and buying it all cooked and frozen. I learned to cook on my mother's wood burning stove. I can still to this day, stick my hand in an oven and know if it is the right temp for the food. Now look at the stoves that prepare our food. When I have the time I will definitely read the article.
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Old 03-22-2015, 06:27 PM   #4
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I stumbled on this article at David Leite's site, Leite's Culinaria, this morning. It's on my top 10 favorite food sites. It's a little long, but a great read.


100 Years of American Food: 1900 to 1999
That was very interesting and well worth the time to read it
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Old 03-22-2015, 07:06 PM   #5
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Thanks for sharing!
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Old 03-22-2015, 07:48 PM   #6
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That was a very interesting read. Thank you, Silversage. Wow...how things have changed over the years.

I saved that to send to my daughters.
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"American Food" started well before the date presented and closer to home.
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Good article.

One thing I found a little odd was this:

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One commodity that crossed class boundaries was sugar. By 1909, America had an aching sweet tooth, with the average person consuming 65 pounds of sugar annually. The culprits: chocolate brownies, apple pie, devil’s food cake and baked Alaska. Sweetened tea and coffee (and its newly invented decaf cousin) also contributed to our ancestors’ passion for sugar.
According to the USDA, average per capita consumption of sugar is now 156 pounds, or about two and a half times what it was a hundred years ago.
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Old 03-23-2015, 12:41 AM   #9
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Steve, I want to know who is eating my share of sugar! Himself and I might ingest 65 pounds a year together. Making most meals from scratch sure beats buying packaged convenience food, which must be loaded with that stuff.

Silversage, that article was very interesting. I was amused by the comment that Beef Stroganoff fell out of favor in the 1970s. It was one of my Mom's regular rotation meals, and was what I cooked for Himself's very modern, career-woman aunt when she came to visit us early on in our marriage - probably somewhere around 1976. When I told Himself I was making Beef Stroganoff all he could think of was the Stouffer's on the Square in Shaker Heights, OH. He was surprised at how good from-scratch could be - AND Aunt Ann was duly impressed.

And, thanks to you, I seem to have acquired another food blog to read when I have time...and remember. The "remember" part is getting harder.
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Steve, I want to know who is eating my share of sugar! Himself and I might ingest 65 pounds a year together.
No kidding! And the newer number is 156 lbs a year, or 3/4 of a bag of sugar each WEEK. And that's per person?

I haven't bought sugar in 6 months now but, even when we were eating it, I think it took three of us around 2 months to go through a bag, which works out to only about 8 pounds a year for each person in our house. But that's not counting sugar in cereals, treats and everything else.
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