Naturalist, science

The Link Between Genetic Paucity and Extinction

Consider the dodo. When I asked a bunch of my friends on social media to contemplate it, the conversation ranged from ‘we can extract DNA from museum specimens? Cool! Bring back the dodo!” to “I hear dodos didn’t actually taste that good. Anyone have a recipe?” Which is a testament to human nature and the level… Read More The Link Between Genetic Paucity and Extinction

Cooking, Food, Recipe, Vintage Kitchen

Vintage Kitchen: Gingerbread Banana Shortcake

This recipe was submitted by a reader, Peter Budd, or rather he sent me a pdf booklet of his great-grandmother’s family recipes. I scrolled through it, seeing several options, and then decided that given the season, this one was a good choice. That, and it’s not a flavor combination I would have chosen on my… Read More Vintage Kitchen: Gingerbread Banana Shortcake

Cooking, Recipe, Vintage Kitchen

Vintage Kitchen: Blackberry Flummery

A while back, my mother-in-law, the remarkable woman who bore and raised my First Reader, gave me a precious gift. We had been talking about this series, where I’m cooking from old cookbooks, some of which were originally my great-grandmothers, grandmothers, and mom’s books. She got up and marched into her kitchen, pulled this book… Read More Vintage Kitchen: Blackberry Flummery