Category: Food-History


My dear culinary camp following!   Thanks to you and The Cooking Channel for giving me the chance to recharge my blogging batteries!  What I see in my camps’ crystal ball is…Are you ready for this?  We are going to visit the Paleo Diet…We are going to dabble in the cuisine  of Southern France and we are going to have tons of fun doing it!  So…go ahead and throw your cooking gear in your backpacks and follow me down the camp trail on these new adventures!  I know your first question already…I can hear my viewers out in Humboldt County, CA texting me saying; “Dude…Paleo what???”   I just stumbled upon the Paleo Diet during my break!  It just goes to show you guys…even when I am taking a “blogger break”;  I am still out there looking,  high and low,  for ways to enable you to increase your quality of life through better nutrition!  Here is a fantastic link that will bring you up to speed on the types of food we will be using in the coming days!  www.paleodiet.com  Welcome back and Healthiest regards!  Coach Curt

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As we approach Memorial Day Weekend…A thought occurred to me that sent my imagination and love for culinary history running wild!  At what point,  in the evolution of humanity,  did we acquire/prefer the taste for charred meat?  That is; under what circumstances did prehistoric man learn about this?  Let us take a moment to ponder this…shall we?  Here are my thoughts on this subject: Being a fourth generation Las Vegan; who has been told to “figure the odds on that” since I was five years old…I would be willing to bet that prehistoric man came upon charred meat before he learned how to make fire!  “How is that possible?”, You may ask…It is my contention that prehistoric man came upon charred critters as the result of a lightning strike that created a forest fire. Not only did he not have to chase the beast down and club, pummel, choke or drive it over a cliff; that beast was laying there cooked and ready to eat!  Prehistoric man, who was both a hunter and gatherer, subsisted largely on nuts,seeds, and plants.  On occasion, he would be able to hunt down some form of beast and probably eat it raw before the advent/discovery of making fire, right?  So when prehistoric man came upon this beast that had died as a result of a forest fire and was cooked at the scene…according to my scenario at that moment, when he took that first bite of cooked meat, do you think he enjoyed it or spit it out thinking “Wow that is really gross!”  Was he really too hungry to care?  Was he a loner or did he live/travel nomadically with a group? If he was with a group, did he drag that cooked carcass back to the group; as if it were a trophy or the discovery of a lifetime, which it had to have been by the way…Let me know your thoughts on these questions.  I would contend that modern man has a genetic predisposition to favoring barbequed/grilled meat because of this prehistoric discovery!   Again, let us share some thoughts at the campsite! Healthiest regards! Coach Curt

Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican day of celebration!  It can not be likened to our own Independence Day. Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of a key victory against the French in 1862.  At the time and in Puebla-Mexico there were 4500 poorly equipped Mexican Militia; who were facing 6500 well equipped soldiers of the French Army.  In spite of the disparagement in numbers; the Mexican Militia won this battle!  Today, in Puebla there are still a lot of festivities to commemorate this victory however, throughout Mexico, there is not much interest in the celebration!  Cinco de Mayo is actually celebrated more in America than in Mexico herself! (adapted from-MEXonline.com)

There is an ancient trade route in the Southwest that extended from Monterrey-Mexico to Taos, New Mexico.  This trade route was heavily used back in the early/mid. 16th century when Coronado made his first appearance in New Mexico!  Coronado was an explorer from Spain…When he and his explorers first saw the sun reflecting from Taos Pueblo(ancient adobe/hardened mud constructed); he was convinced it was made of gold!  Francisco Vasquez de Coronado set out in 1540 from Compostela(Mexico) with an elaborate expedition to find the fabled wealth of the Seven Cities of Cibola to the North.   The expedition crossed the Sonoran desert and SE Arizona and reached Cibola itself- the Zuni country of New Mexico…His expedition found no fabled wealth!  the expedition did explore Taos, Acoma and various other Pueblos near the Rio grande.(encyclopedia.com)