Virgil on September 24, 2012

As I have said before, the Neolithic Revolution is the singular most important era in human history, in my opinion. It is also called the Agricultural Revolution. Without it, civilization as we know it would never have been possible. I would also submit that the people who domesticated wild plants and animals were incredibly intelligent. […]

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Virgil on August 20, 2011

One of the things I find facinating about food is the assumptions many people make about where their favorite foods originally came from. In the US, for example, we rely heavily on corn, wheat, potato, cattle and pigs, just to name a few. Yet, none came from what is now the United States. The same […]

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Virgil on November 24, 2010

Ignoring for now the fact that the Plymouth “Thanksgiving” in 1621 was almost certainly not the original or first Thanksgiving, let’s discuss turkeys in New England. When Marc Forgione stated that the original Thanksgiving was actually a harvest festival and did not include turkey, I was surprised and didn’t believe it. Bobby Flay demonstrated major […]

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Virgil on November 23, 2010

Ever wonder where the foods you like to eat originally came from? Have you ever wondered how our prehistoric ancestors coped with only the foods they had at hand? First they were hunter-gatherers, then came the development of agriculture that allowed for permanent settlements and the evolution of food plants from something most of us […]

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Virgil on November 20, 2010

In the Army, there are various levels of food availability, depending on where you are and what you are doing: Meals Ready to Eat (MRE): This is like the old C-rations but without the nice 5-pack of cigarettes. Normally, this is what you get if no mess facilities are available. MREs will keep you full […]

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Virgil on November 12, 2010

Five-Maudies – highly recommended Before the BBQ Barn arrived in North Augusta four years ago, there was no really exceptional barbeque in the Augusta, Georgia, area. North Augusta is right across the Savannah River from Augusta. I can easily walk to Augusta from my house via the 13th Street bridge. Augusta has Sconyer’s BBQ. It […]

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Virgil on September 10, 2010

This doesn’t have to be done on a grill, but it is a great way to create a potato side dish on a grill when making a meal. In this particular case, when I came up with this recipe, I was grilling a couple of beautiful wild salmon fillets with skin on. Traditional potatoes just […]

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Virgil on August 18, 2010

Had a lot going on lately, so behind on the blog, of course. Catch up time. I recently got some cooking things from my mother. Some I remember as a child, others I didn’t know she had. I already had some stuff from my grandmother that I use on a daily basis. Something I wasn’t […]

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Virgil on June 6, 2010

In our family, with lots of English and Irish relatives, Sheppard’s Pie is a serious comfort food. Because of this, when someone is sick, for example, it needs to be done quickly. This recipe may not be the best Sheppard’s Pie ever, but it is quite good and quick. 4 servings Ingredients 1 lb ground […]

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