Archive for July 2019

The Mystery of Watergate (Salad)

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What on earth is Watergate salad? Who invented it? Why? And why call it Watergate? These questions are circulating around DC these days, and I was fortunate enough to be invited to WAMU, DC’s Public Radio affiliate to weigh in on the matter. So, allow me: Watergate is a dessert made of pistachio pudding, nuts, whipped cream, pineapple, and above all, marshmallows. It first appeared in 1975– a concoction supposedly invented in the kitchens of General Foods – now Kraft – and has since appeared at picnics, church get-togethers, and other family events. Its origin, however, is not in the…

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Yesterday’s Medicines, Today’s Delights: Three Fascinating Flowers

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 Throughout history, people used roots, barks, flowers and seeds as medicines. Today, we recognize them as delights – tasty, relaxing or pleasant pick-me-ups.  I want to tell you about all of them…but there are simply too many to review in one blog. So, let’s start with three flowers: the rose, lavender and marigold. All  are popular today,  typically for their scent and good looks. Through most of history, they’ve been used for many other reasons. Roses Roses have inhabited the earth for 35 million years. The Chinese first cultivated them 5,000 years ago and they have held a place in…

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