Beer, or more specifically, ale, is one of the oldest beverages humans have produced, dating back to at least the fifth millennium B.C. As almost any cereal containing certain sugars can undergo spontaneous fermentation due to wild yeasts in the air, it is possible that beer-like beverages were independently developed throughout the world soon after a culture had domesticated cereal.
A cab driver reaches the Pearly Gates and announces his presence to St. Peter, who looks him up in his Big Book. Upon reading the entry for the cabbie, St. Peter invites him to pick up a silk robe and a golden staff and to proceed into Heaven.
Ancient Greek cuisine was known for its frugality and was founded on the Mediterranean triad of olive oil, wine, and wheat with fish being predominant and meat being rarely eaten. This trend in the Greek diet continued in Roman and Ottoman times and changed only fairly recently when technological progress made meat more available. Wine and olive oil have always been a central part of Greek cuisine. Grapes and olive trees are also integral in Greek cuisine.
I don't know what they taught my kids when they were in school (about the time the earth cooled), but I thought they should have taught common sense. They could have started with a simple lesson like: "We do not put peanut butter in the refrigerator because this makes peanut butter hard and impossible to spread and that makes Mother impossible to live with."
When I was a kid, my mom would change the part in my hair from time to time because she said it was good for the scalp. She’d wet my hair down and clamp it with a barrette to the other side. For a few days it was like wearing my shoes on the wrong feet.
I've always written about the influences my mother, two grandmothers, and great-grandmother had on my life in the kitchen. However, I just recently realized I had never written about any of Daddy's cooking influences.
My experience with figuring out why I am sick has been that doctors will give me a clear-cut, understandable diagnosis only if I wander in with, say, an ice pick protruding from my skull. And even then, I have to pretend that I don't know what’s wrong. If I say, "I have an ice pick in my skull," the doctor will become irritated, because he spent all those years in medical school and he’ll be darned if he’s going to accept opinions from an untrained layperson such as myself.