If you've been bitten by the canning bug (my own preservation efforts are sporadic at best, but I do love it when I partake), you'll probably like this: Christine Baumgarthuber put together a quick history of food preservation in the earliest days of the U.S. for the New Inquiry, including how colonists were able to spread information on how to adapt the practice to their new surroundings. (Keep your eyes peeled for one Englishman's dismayed assessment of Philly's "more foul than fair" climate.)
- Speaking of canning, I stumbled upon this on flickr and couldn't not share: this user scanned and enhanced the whole of her Grandma Inis' old cookbook, handwritten in a composition book, to share it with future generations. (As is to be expected, a lot of these recipes have some gaps you'll need to fill in on your own if you want to give them a shot.)
- In ridiculous litigation news, Bloomburg Businessweek has all the latest on one burrito chain's commitment to making sure no one else ever gets to mention chipotles ever again.
- The internet is full of arts and crafts projects involving liquor bottles and other boozy ephemera, which is weird, because most binge drinkers I've ever known have broadcasted the amount of liquor they've consumed by simply leaving the bottles around as-is. But I guess some people want to turn their empties into oddly-proportioned drinking glasses, so... here you go! (This project involves lighter fluid and broken glass, so I guess I should insist that you don't try it immediately after draining enough bottles to make the matching set.)
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