Happy Class

My students absolutely loved the Manchet.  Their sole criticism mirrored my own – too much salt – but otherwise, they enjoyed it and asked me to bring more at some future date.  Actually, they were tickled that I made Renaissance-era bread for them. This is why I love teaching.

Manchet, 1615

I’m teaching a course on the Renaissance and Reformation, and aside from looking at slide-shows of art and listening to recordings, there’s not a lot that I can do to enliven my students.  Or is there?

Shrewsbury Pan Biscuits, 1958

A while back, I picked up a copy of the Historical Cookbook of the American Negro (Beacon Press, Boston, 2000).  This book is a reissue of a cookbook originally published by the National Council of Negro Women in 1958.  I don’t recall the reasoning behind the acquisition, except to say that there was a point…

Bad Business, pt. II

It’s weird how things tend to play out. I’d previously written about my negative experience with an online company.  In sum, a screw-up in the ordering process left me without information, despite multiple requests for an update.  In the end, it turned out that the merchandise was non-existent, and there had been a serious misunderstanding….

The only thing positive about this recent heat spike is that it’s allowed me to consider the various texts I might consult for that literary dinner them that I’d mentioned previously.

Bad Business

Two weeks ago, I placed an online order with a company that sells collectible memorabilia.  I won’t name the company because, honestly, I see no point.  Anyway, the transaction was done online – payment submitted, and a receipt issued.  I was thrilled, as I’d been considering the purchase for over a year and I finally…