Maple Syrup of the Native Americans


A Native American maple sugar camp, 1853. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.  Hi everyone, Andrew here with another food history post. I’m originally from Upstate New York, where maple syrup is kind of a big deal. My family has always had a special fondness for the stuff. The “pancake syrup” made of corn syrup was… 

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Stevia Extract, The Healthy Sweetener


Article by Andrew Brozyna. Cooking with Stevia Extract I say stevia is “the healthy sweetener” not because the herb is especially nutritious itself, but because its high sweetness allows us to reduce the amount of sugar in our baking. Consuming high amounts of natural sugars is unhealthy (glucose, fructose, and sucrose), while artificial sweeteners (aspartame,… 

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DIY Restaurant Menu Printing in 1914


Hiya, foodie friends. It’s me, Andrew, here with another one of my food archaeology posts. Last fall we visited the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY. We were very interested to see their temporary exhibit, “Let’s Eat! Adirondack Food Traditions”. There were lots of cool objects in the collection, especially for a graphic designer… 

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The Brozynas’ Central Market


By Andrew Brozyna I was talking to a friend recently when she mentioned that her grandmother was a butcher. My grandfather was a butcher, and his father was too. Since this is food-related I thought it might be an interesting story to post on The Spunky Coconut. My family is not exactly sure when my… 

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The Medieval History of Bean Bread


Image at left: A stitched depiction of two cooks on the 11th century Bayeux Tapestry. One of my favorite gluten free baked goods made by my wife is her Vanilla Bean Cake. Or maybe you’ve tried her garbanzo bean flatbread. Making a cake and bread with beans is an innovative way to to replicate the spongy… 

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