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Linda Pelaccio begins today's episode of A Taste of the Past by taking a moment to spread the word about Family-to-Family, a relief organization that allows a group of people to sponsor a family who has been affected by Hurricane Sandy. Thanksgiving has always been accompanied by charitable spirit; check out Family-to-Family, and get involved with the hurricane relief efforts. Today, Linda is speaking with food historian Sandy Oliver about the roots of Thanksgiving! Sandy is also the author of the book Saltwater Foodways, a history of Yankee cooking and New England eating traditions, and the recent Maine Home Cooking. Tune into this episode to learn about the religious considerations of Thanksgiving, and how it came to be a national holiday. What foods were most likely on the table during the first harvest feast? Sandy and Linda share some dishes that you may not recognize! Hear about the history of Thanksgiving commercialism! This program has been sponsored by Rolling Press.

"Most of us don't recognize mincemeat for the preserve that it is. It is a way of preserving meat along with apples and other kinds of fruits. It also was convenience food." [14:05]

-- Sandy Oliver on A Taste of the Past


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On another jam-packed episode of Radio Cherry Bombe, Julia Turshen is joined by the couple behind Gordy's Pickle Jar and the sister-duo behind The New Potato. Since launching Gordy's in 2011, Sarah Gordon and Sheila Fain & their award winning pickle company have been featured in Esquire, People Magazine, Southern Living, Martha Stewart Living and other notable magazines and blogs. You can find them at Whole Foods Market, Harris Teeter, Mom’s Organic Market, The Fresh Market, West Elm Market and speciality stores across the mid-Atlantic. The New Potato is a food and lifestyle site founded by sisters Danielle & Laura Kosann. The site deals with food and the experience of food in a different way, by broadening the scope of how we see it. From profiling the top restaurateurs of the culinary industry, to featuring the arbiters of other industries and their roadmap to the world of food and style, this breakout site covers a newer, far more extensive palate of tastes and trends. Today's program was brought to you by Edwards VA Ham.

"It's not easy [running a small business]. You need to be flexible with the highs and lows. If you really have a vision and a product you want to take to market, don't give up." [15:00]

--Sarah Gordon on Radio Cherry Bombe

"We didn't want to approach food in an uber foodie sense. Someone in fashion might love food and somebody in food might love fashion. It's a voyeuristic approach through a tastemaker lens." [29:00]

--Laura Kossan on Radio Cherry Bombe>


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Betty Crocker is not, and never was, a real person - but that doesn't change the effect she had on generations of people in America. Learn more about the history of the iconic Betty Crocker on this episode of A Taste of the Past! Linda Pelaccio is joined by Susan Marks, author of Finding Better Crocker. Discover the many faces of the marketing genius that is Betty Crocker - from her early radio and television personalities, to her picture cookbooks. Hear how her image shifted from motherly to friendly as General Mills tried to ensure that the masses would feel comfortable with Betty. If you've ever leafed through a Betty Crocker cookbook or made cake with the famous mix, tune in and hear the entire story behind the fictitious homemaker. This program was sponsored by Whole Foods. Thanks to The California Honeydrops for today's break music.

"Betty Crocker was on the cutting edge of radio, and was on television too. There were always contests and coupons - especially if you wrote to Betty. If you had a question for Betty, it was guaranteed that it would be answered." [11:00]

"Real people are fallible- corporate icons are not. Real women have egos- and sometimes, like in the case of Martha Stewart - they even end up in jail." [21:00]

-- Susan Marks on A Taste of the Past


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