Pies mean Thanksgiving and Christmas and picnics. Janet Clarkson, Pie: A Global History
From Ms. Clarkson’s own blog site The Old Foodie: I am enthusiastic about food and food history, and love to write about it. Every weekday I give you a short story on a food history topic – always including at least one historic recipe, and sometimes a historic menu. And how much fun is that!
I began this blog on October 31, 2005, with the intention of posting every Monday to Friday (including holiday days) without fail. I am proud to say I have not missed a day – and by the end of 2014 will have written over 2,500 posts! More often than not, more than one recipe is included (sometimes quite a few more) so the recipe count is in the many thousands.
I am the author of several books with a food history theme, and hope you read and enjoy them too!
Everyone wants to feel loved, but when all you feel is alone it’s tough to accomplish anything else. Glenn Beck, The Christmas Sweater
Glenn Lee Beck (born February 10, 1964) is an American television personality and radio host, conservative political commentator, author, television network producer, filmmaker, and entrepreneur. He hosts the Glenn Beck Radio Program, a popular nationally syndicated talk-radio show that airs throughout the United States on Premiere Radio Networks and the Glenn Beck television program, which ran from January 2006 to October 2008 on HLN, from January 2009 to June 2011 on the Fox News Channel and currently airs on TheBlaze. Beck has authored six New York Times–bestselling books. Beck is the founder and CEO of Mercury Radio Arts, a multimedia production company through which he produces content for radio, television, publishing, the stage, and the Internet. It was announced on April 6, 2011, that Beck would “transition off of his daily program” on Fox News later in the year but would team with Fox to “produce a slate of projects for Fox News Channel and Fox News’ digital properties”. Beck’s last daily show on the network was June 30, 2011. In 2012, The Hollywood Reporter named Beck on its Digital Power Fifty list.
I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph. Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple Black ( Temple; April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014) was an American film and television actress, singer, dancer, and public servant, most famous as Hollywood’s number-one box-office star from 1935 through 1938. As an adult, she entered politics and became a diplomat, serving as United States Ambassador to Ghana and later to Czechoslovakia, and as Chief of Protocol of the United States.
Christmas at my house is always at least six or seven times more pleasant than anywhere else. We start drinking early. And while everyone else is seeing only one Santa Claus, we’ll be seeing six or seven. W.C. Fields
William Claude Dukenfield (January 29, 1880– December 25, 1946), better known as W. C. Fields, was an American comedian, actor, juggler and writer. Fields’s comic persona was a misanthropic and hard-drinkingegotist, who remained a sympathetic character despite his snarling contempt for dogs and children.
My wife, like many women, actually LIKES wrapping things. If she gives you a gift that requires batteries, she wraps the batteries separately, which to me is very close to being a symptom of mental illness. Dave Barry
Dave Barry has been a professional humorist ever since he discovered that professional humor was a lot easier than working.
For many years he wrote a newspaper column that appeared in more than 500 newspapers and generated thousands of letters from readers who thought he should be fired. Despite this, Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, although he misplaced it for several years, which is why his wife now keeps it in a secure location that he does not know about. One of Barry’s columns was largely responsible for the movement to observe International Talk Like a Pirate Day every year on September 19. This is probably his most enduring achievement.
A Charlie Brown Christmas Special Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas.
Linus Van Pelt: And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.
Linus is the Philosopher of the Peanuts neighborhood. He often gives advice to Charlie Brown to help him unravel his hang ups, even though Charlie Brown is older than him. He is not an original Peanuts character, but was brought into the series (newspaper comic strip, not TV) early on after Lucy Van Pelt suddenly had a Baby Brother to contend with. The process was then repeated when Charlie Brown suddenly got a Baby Sister of his own. After a few years, little Sally Brown developed a crush for Linus and began calling him My Sweet Baboo. Perhaps Linus’ most noticeable characteristic is his frequent sitting down to suck his thumb and cuddle his Security Blanket, which he also wields in such varied and imaginative ways that it’s enough to make a Jedi give up his Light saber and start using a blanket.