The Taffy Pull (A Story and a Recipe)

 
One year when I was growing up on our Wisconsin dairy farm, the Brownie leaders had announced we were going to make some extra-special candy at our next meeting. So - when school let out one winter afternoon - I lost no time getting to the gym where we always had our meetings. For once nobody was late, and when we entered the gym, the Brownie leaders already had everything set up. "What's in the pans?" asked one girl. On the table were several square cake pans full of some clear caramel-colored stuff....
 

Dining With The Romans

 
Numerius was a slave and ate one meal a day consisting of gruelmade with cracked wheat. While Spurius a plebian purchased his meals from street vendors, food shops and taverns located nearlarge public buildings and bathhouses. Marius a patrician and amember of the Roman senate had the means and the influence toenjoy his meals that were cooked and served by slaves in one oftwo spacious dining areas within his home. Quintus a freedman lived in the country where he grew vegetables and raised somelivestock for an absentee owner....
 

Straight Talk from a Comfort Foodie - The Gravy Train

 
In all fairness to my mother and the great homemaker that she is, our family did enjoy the fruits of her "from scratch" dishes. She made great tuna fish sandwiches, and her pancake batter never had any lumps. Pepper steak from the electric wok was one of my favorites; I didn't care for the peppers, or the onions for that matter, but the thin slices of beef that had been soaked through and through with salty teriyaki sauce was right on the money. Come to think of it, that may have been the only dish that mom made that had sauce....
 
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