Posts Tagged ‘history’

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What am I remembering?

March 6, 2018

 

The Battle of the Alamo (February 23 – March 6, 1836) was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution. Following a 13-day siege, Mexican troops under President General Antonio López de Santa Anna launched an assault on the Alamo Mission near San Antonio de Béxar (modern-day San Antonio, Texas, United States), killing all of the Texian defenders. Santa Anna’s cruelty during the battle inspired many Texians—both Texas settlers and adventurers from the United States—to join the Texian Army. Buoyed by a desire for revenge, the Texians defeated the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836, ending the revolution. – Wikipedia

More here, and here, and here.

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Whose birthday am I noting?

February 22, 2018

 

Pebbles Flintstone – born on this day in 10,000 BC

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What am I knitting?

January 30, 2018

“In the United States and abroad, wartime has long involved knitters. Especially before women were involved in combat, they were encouraged to support troops from home by knitting necessary items for soldiers such as socks and hats. Since knitting was a very common sight, nobody would think of knitting as a suspicious activity. But knitting and espionage have a certain connection throughout history.

Let’s go way back to the Revolutionary War in the United States. As British troops took over the homes of colonials during the war, these people became less than pleased. One such dissatisfied rebel was Molly “Mom” Rinker of Philadelphia. Troops quartered themselves in her house and did not allow the men of the household into the dining area, but Molly was allowed in to serve the troops. It was here that she listened closely to their conversations. She would then write the information down on a small piece of paper, wrap it around a stone, and wrap yarn around the stone until she had a very normal-looking ball of yarn. She would take this yarn ball to a rock overlooking some woods. There she would sit and knit, dropping the ball of yarn off the rock and into the woods below without notice. One of George Washington’s men would ride by and grab the yarn to learn British military secrets.

“During World War I, another yarn-equipped informant helped the Allies. A Frenchwoman named Madame Levengle would sit in front of her window and knit. As she knitted, she would watch troop movements from the window and tap her feet on the floor to send codes to her children pretending to do schoolwork on the floor below. The children would write down the codes, and all went unnoticed by nearby German marshals the whole time.

In World War II, an infamous American spy named Elizabeth Bentley used knitting to disguise her espionage as well. She ran two spy rings that sent damaging information about the United States to the Soviet Union, and she would sneak documents to the Soviets in her knitting bag.

Phyllis Latour Doyle was a secret agent for Britain during WWII. She parachuted into Normandy in 1944 and chatted with German soldiers, acting as a friendly helper. But then she knitted messages to the British, which they translated using Morse Code. Knitting coded messages is a form of steganography, which is a way to physically hide messages. A specific combination of knit and purl stitches could be translated into messages.

While knitting coded messages was less common than using knitting to disguise suspicious activity, codes in knitting were still a threat. The Belgian Resistance during World War II recruited women who had windows overlooking railway yards. They were to note the German train movements with their knitting: Purl one for one type of train, drop one for another. During World War II, the Office of Censorship in the United States banned people from posting knitting patterns abroad, since the instructions could in fact disguise military secrets.

Next time you suspect someone might not give knitters the respect they deserve, make sure to set them straight with the radical history of wartime knitters!”

 

Reprinted from Interweave article by Jenna Fear.

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What am I cooking?

January 18, 2018

I thought this was interesting, because I never thought about different grades of butter – or even knew that they existed.  But, my mother had this booklet from the US Department of Agriculture (1968) that explains everything.

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What am I cooking?

January 11, 2018

These recipes are from the Cutco Cook Book – a book that came along with a set of knives my parents bought back in the 60s (I think).

Making a Mornay sauce with American cheese and canned mushrooms may have even come from a earlier decade.  There was a time in America when all cheese was American, or perhaps cheddar, and there was no pasta – only spaghetti and macaroni.  I think these recipes originated from that mind set.  I still have some of the knives, though.

 

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What am I cooking?

January 4, 2018

I think I have mentioned before that I own over 300 cookbooks.  I especially love the ones that were published by companies to promote their products, such as The Dessert Lovers’ Handbook from Eagle Brand.  It does not have a publication date, but the design looks as if it is from the late ’60s or early ’70s.

A dear friend recently gave me the lovely pots de creme set shown above and I wanted to put it to use.  After looking at a bunch of recipes, I landed back on my old favorite from Eagle Brand milk.

This is an easy and delicious recipe.  It was just the thing for my new dishes.  It is very rich, so the small size of the cups is a good thing.  I added whipped cream.

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What am I sappy cat blogging?

December 8, 2017

Corporal Edward Burckhardt poses with the kitten that he said “captured” him on the battlefield of Iwo Jima.

Photo credit: Buddies: Men, Dogs and World War II, by L. Douglas Keeney.