eight notable noshes on a monday

from “Bob and Judy Reader” by Grace E. Storm, published by Lyons and Carnahan, 1936. Illustrated by Vera Stone Norman, via Katinthecupboard

By now we’ve all boarded the bus that leaves summer dreams behind, but the crisp, cool promise of Autumn is just up ahead.

It still feels summery here in Virginia, so I’ll gladly cruise along in air conditioned comfort a little while longer while looking forward to apple season, pretty foliage, a couple of foodie field trips, reading some interesting Fall releases, chatting with special guests, and trying some new recipes.

While you’re here, why not nibble on this little platter of goodies? I thought you’d enjoy visiting some of the virtual stops I found interesting recently. Take as long as you want; the bus driver is only too happy to wait.

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Turkish Delight via The Huffington Post

1. To satisfy cravings at any time of the day, try a few of the nine recipes included in this roundup at HuffPost Taste: “Foods from Children’s Books: Turkish Delight, Butterbeer and More.” Includes temptations like Alice in Wonderland Jam-filled Eat Me Cupcakes, Chocolate River Drink from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and some rather delicious looking gruel from Oliver Twist.

2. Always exciting to “discover” a new-to-me website! Check out The History Kitchen written by Tori Avey, who also hosts Shiksa in the Kitchen. Gorgeous photos and beautifully written posts about the history of donuts, sushi, pasta and ice cream, as well as what Benjamin Franklin, Abe Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson ate. For children’s literature buffs, there’s Anne of Green Gables Raspberry Cordial and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Molasses Cookies. Many of the posts include a list of resources for further investigation. Yum!

Bread Slippers via Urlesque

3. If you like to eat with your eyes, you’ll enjoy “27 Pictures of Clothing Made of Food” at Urlesque. A wedding dress made of cream puffs? A meat hat or beef jerky purse? Personally, I prefer the chocolate dresses to the veggie ones, simply because chocolate is one of the basic food groups and it’s best to keep a stash close at hand at all times. 🙂

4. Oh, how I love pencil cases! They were my favorite new school supply every year. I covet this handmade pencil pouch case by Mystic Moose Crafts in the UK. It’s eco-friendly, made of natural undyed, unbleached cotton, and features 3 blue typewriters on one side and a keyboard on the other.

And while we’re browsing Mystic Moose goodness, how about this cute teacups tote?

6. Food & Think is my favorite blog at Smithsonian.com. Recently, they featured this nice piece, “The History of the Lunch Box.” What was your favorite lunch box? I mostly ate cafeteria food growing up so only remember having one lunch box (red and black plaid metal). I always wanted one of those black Barbie lunchboxes but never got one. Sigh.

“Barbie” by Thermos L.L.C., 1962. Richard Strauss / SI

Also from Food & Think: “From the Page to the Plate: Bringing Literary Dishes to Life.” Spotlights several literary food bloggers.

7. Good news for those of you who love and appreciate native gardens and beautiful photography: Author/Poet/Teacher Susan Taylor Brown is now selling some of her amazing photos of flowers, bees, birds and plants as greeting cards! If you visit her lovely site, Poppiness, you’ll learn about how she and her husband transformed about 2,000 square feet of their San Jose city lot into a welcoming haven for wildlife by removing the existing lawn and lots of concrete.

Copyright © 2012 Susan Taylor Brown
Copyright © 2012 Susan Taylor Brown
Copyright © 2012 Susan Taylor Brown

Their garden area is now flourishing with plants native to California and Susan loves capturing the comings and goings of her happy and grateful natural visitors with her trusty digital camera. Click here to view the gallery for greeting cards with info about how to order, and give yourself some extra time to enjoy her blog, which includes other samples of her work.

8. Do you frequent the Letters of Note blog? Love it. Not too long ago, they featured this letter written by a 22-year-old Bob Dylan *pause for sigh and swoon* — to the editors of Broadside Magazine, a popular underground publication. It’s typed like his song lyrics in stream-of-conscious style and provides a fascinating glimpse into his personal thoughts about being famous and feeling guilty about being rich. His trademark “t” for the word, “to,” is there too.

via Letters of Note

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Oop! The bus is moving on (or maybe lost a tire?). Have a good week wherever you go!


Copyright © 2012 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

18 thoughts on “eight notable noshes on a monday

  1. Poppiness is gorgeous.

    Thanks for the link t the Dylan letter, such a revealing look int his mind when he was too young t be evasive. 🙂 Also I spent some time looking at the whole Letters of Note blog.


    1. Stumbled upon The History Kitchen while looking for Tu B’Shevat foods. Saw the Shiksa blog first, then clicked through and liked the HK even more. 🙂


  2. Jama,
    You’ve outdone yourself today. I love all these interesting stops on the tour. Saving this page for future reference. What a delicious way to begin the week.
    Thank you. First stop–The History Kitchen and then…I might need one of those pencil cases. 🙂


  3. It’s all eye-catching, but I think the pencil pouch case is what grabbed me the most. Adorable. And so glad that Susan is selling cards!


    1. Yes, aren’t Susan’s photos amazing? My current pencil case is a furry green one given to me by one of my students in London back in the late 70’s. She also once gave me a Paddington ruler. Good times . . .


  4. Everything about this post is delightful, Jama, but I have to admit to a particular preference for the clothing made of foods! Imagine being dressed in chocolate. How would you resist the temptation to nibble?


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