Food and Drink

You are Invited to the EOGN Dinner after the RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City!

Are you planning to attend this year’s RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City? Do you think you will be hungry after the conference closes on Saturday evening? Would you like to have dinner with a large group of genealogists? If so, join us for dinner!

You are invited to join other genealogists for dinner on Saturday evening, February 11, after the close of the RootsTech 2017 conference. Rumor has it there will also be a few door prizes.

You can make a reservation now at http://eogn.com/slc2017.

You are invited to join us if:

You subscribe to the Plus Edition newsletter or…
You subscribe to the Standard Edition newsletter or…
If you occasionally read the newsletter online or…
If you have heard of the newsletter or…
If you promise to read the newsletter in the future or…
If you are a genealogist who has no other place else to go Saturday night.

You also may bring your spouse, girlfriend/boyfriend (or both!) or anyone else who would like to join us.

January 25 is Robert Burns Day So Let’s Eat Vegetarian Haggis

Robert Burns

Robert Burns

The great Scottish poet Robert Burns was born January 25, 1759. In celebration of his birthday, Burns Suppers range from formal gatherings of esthetes and scholars to very informal dinners throughout Scotland and in restaurants and the homes of Scottish descendants worldwide. Most Burns Suppers adhere, more or less, to some sort of time honored form which includes the eating of a traditional Scottish meal, the drinking of Scotch whisky, and the recitation of works by, about, and in the spirit of the Bard.

NOTE: American and Irish liquor producers usually spell it as WHISKEY, while Canadian, Scottish, and Japanese producers usually spell it WHISKY.

Almost anyone can enjoy a Burns Night celebration. All that’s needed is a place to gather, plenty of haggis and neeps to go around, a master of ceremonies, friendly celebrants, and good Scotch drink to keep you warm.

Eat Like Your Ancestors: Why You Should Forget Superfood Fads and Follow a Traditional Diet

One author suggests you should eat like your great-great-great-great-grandparents did.

NOTE: I am not advocating this diet. In fact, it contradicts my experience as a vegan over the past four years and I am not about to change. However, the article does present some interesting points and is offered here as something to think about.

100-million-years-of-food-what-our-ancestors-ate-and-why-it-matters-todayStephen Le has just published a book, 100 Million Years Of Food: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today. Le claims we’re not actually consuming more calories than our predecessors, despite common belief. Rather than eating less or exercising more, Le believes the key to health is eating like your ancestors. He champions traditional diets and argues that we should be looking to our genetic and cultural history when deciding what to eat.

Forget foodie fads and so-called superfoods, Le suggests we should be consuming the simple fare of our great-great-great-great-grandparents, whether that’s meat and potatoes or vegetables with rice. So instead of asking for the latest healthy cookery book, it might be worth taking a look at your grandparents’ cookbook and making the recipes handed down to them over the years.

Eat Like Your Ancestors? Not Me!

Perdue’s Harvestland brand, best known for its chicken products sold in grocery stores, used to have an advertising campaign entitled “Eat Like Your Ancestors.” The campaign featured vintage-appearing photography and promoted the antibiotic-free brand that promised to provide all-natural food.

Harvestland, launched in 2006, is the number-one brand of antibiotic-free chicken in the U.S., and the brand’s other lines (which also include certified organic chicken products) are also seeing strong growth, according to Perdue.

Whisky & Haggis Crisps

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This is a follow-up to the description of haggis, neeps and tatties that I published a few days ago at http://goo.gl/LMF0lA. Today, I discovered that MacKie’s of Scotland also sells Ridge Cut Whisky & Haggis Potato Crisps (that’s potato chips to Americans) as well as Haggis & Cracked Black Pepper Crisps. Is nothing sacred? Haggis potato chips… er, crisps?

I assumed these crisps are available in the U.K. but was surprised to learn that Americans can purchase MacKie’s Haggis & Cracked Black Pepper Crisps from Amazon although at a high price: $49.99 for a pack of 12 5.3-ounce bags. There is no mention on Amazon of the Whisky & Haggis Potato Crisps, however.

You are Invited to the EOGN Dinner after the NGS Conference in Richmond!

I would like to invite you to a dinner for this newsletter’s readers, their guests, and other genealogists, to be held at 7:30 PM Eastern Time in Richmond, Virginia on Saturday evening, May 10. That will be a few hours after the close of the annual conference of the National Genealogical Society. Everyone is invited! However, you must obtain a ticket in advance in order to attend.

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Tickets are now available at http://eogn.com/dinner.