On September 21st we were honored to present to the History Forum at the Museum of Art and History. We told an audience of around 50 people about our project so far, the grants that we have applied for, and our next steps. You can view the presentation here. If you are interested in hearing … More Presentation Time!
The objective of the Santa Cruz Heritage Food Project is “telling the story of local food”. But throughout the last four years, this blog has become a venue to tell the adventures of amateur historians with full-time jobs, families, and social lives, trying to write an amazing book. We wrote about starting in the archives, … More Telling the Story of Telling the Story
I just finished reading “Blueberries for Sal” for the fourth time in about as many hours, so you have my daughter, Ellery, to thank for the inspiration for today’s post. Unlike Little Sal and Little Bear, we don’t have a Blueberry Hill in Santa Cruz where we can forage and feast on blueberries to our … More Strawberries for Elle
Today we achieved a major milestone in our efforts: we submitted a complete first draft of the book as our deliverable for the Dolkas award. This is the culmination of efforts that began not just in November of 2014 when we got the grant, but in the spring of 2012 when the idea first presented … More I Blame the Drought
As you consider which snacks to eat during Super Bowl 50, might I suggest tasting a little history? Here are a couple local recipes that would make an excellent addition to any food table: Popcorn Balls (from the recipe book of Libbie Gilmour) Extra Good 2 qts freshly popped corn 2 cupfuls chopped nuts 1 ½ cupfuls … More Have some History with the Super Bowl
As we finish up recipe testing for the book I must admit it has been trickier than expected! In previous posts we’ve discussed our difficulties with older recipes, such as adapting instructions written for wood burning ovens to use with modern appliances. But even recipes from the mid-twentieth century can be hard to follow. Last … More Recipe Testing and Guessing
We had an exciting meeting with Julia Gaudinski of Mobile Ranger yesterday. Mobile Ranger is the free app that everyone in Santa Cruz should be downloading. Mobile Ranger is “connecting people to places” with historical walking tours of the Riverfront, West Cliff, Downtown and more. In our quest to share the fun and fascinating stories of Santa … More Heritage Food in the Modern Age
Fall has arrived, and with it a bountiful harvest that needs to be cooked! So, that means it is time to test the recipes we’ve spent the past 2 years collecting. Recently we cut down our selection of hundreds of recipes we found to our top 20 that we plan to put in our book. Last … More Cooking the harvest!
In the livestock area of the Santa Cruz County Fair, there is a pen decorated with hot pink tulle and gold bows that is the staging area for four equally decorated female dairy cattle that belong to the Moules Sisters Dairy of Watsonville. Janell Moules, 17, received two prize ribbons, “Champion Female Dairy” and “Supreme … More Sisters Who Dairy
The irony of using modern technology to research and write a history project is not lost on us, and it’s no surprise that researching and writing the Heritage Food Project is heavily dependent on using technology. While we do spend a lot of time looking through good old fashioned archives, the majority of time working … More How to Get Electricity from Strawberries