Monthly Archives: June 2012

  • Day 18 of Jacob's Journey: True Grit(s)

    Posted on June 28, 2012

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    June 8, 1819

    Most modern folk think that true grit is a Western movie starring John Wayne or Jeff Bridges. But in my day, true grit meant splitting wood 'til you thought your back was going to break, making a midnight visit to the outhouse in winter, or having a bad tooth pulled--ouch!

    But not to fear, for there is a better kind of true grit, and that is the kind you eat! Grits are quintessentially American; they have their origins in Native American cuisine in the Southern U.S. I've heard some Native Americans refer to them as sofkee or sofkey.

    Today I found my way to a Pittsburgh B&B and enjoyed some of this sofkee for lunch with grated cheese, country ham and gravy. But I think most of you will like this Bobby Flay recipe from Serious Eats that features shrimp and bacon with grits--whip some up for dinner tonight, and you can thank ol' Jacob later!

    I'm planning on parking in Pittsburgh for some time to wave the flag here on the Fourth of July. Stay tuned for that diary entry!

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  • Day 16 of Jacob's Journey: A New Invention

    Posted on June 26, 2012

    June 6, 1819

    Traveling by horseback (or, for the well-to-do, horse and buggy) sure gives a man a lot of time to think. As Pioneer and I made our way into Pittsburgh, I had this crazy idea to fiddle with another possible invention, a toaster like no other. I found a local blacksmith and bartered with him for some scrap tin and stainless-steel. By the end of the hot and humid summer day, low and behold, I had assembled a contraption like no other. I decided to call it the Pioneer Folding Toaster. Compact, I thought, “What a great way to take a toaster anywhere, anytime you are in the mood for breakfast toast with butter, warmed bread to accompany any meal, or making delicious sandwiches (including peanut butter and jelly!) for a country camper, such as I, who’s always on the go making business deals or visiting relatives and dear friends”. Take a look-see at my family invention right here. You’ll be mighty glad you did...I can promise you that!

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  • Day 14 of Jacob's Journey: S'mores and More

    Posted on June 20, 2012


    June 4, 1819

    There's nothing quite like the smells of food being grilled over an open fire. I was reminded of that a few days out of Berekely Springs when I visited a local butcher shop and picked up a few pork sausages. With the summer air weighing hotter and heavier than a newly minted horseshoe, there was no time to waste: these sausages needed to be in the belly before they spoiled. So with a pair of sticks, I enjoyed a mid-afternoon lunch of sausages, molasses beans and cornbread that Mrs. Thorgmorton gave me before continuing on my trip.

    But the best part of my meal were the s'mores, a classic summertime treat. Crispy toasted marshmallows with melted chocolate and graham crackers...just the substance this tired traveling man needed to spend another day in the saddle!

    You can easily make s'mores and more with my Ohio BBQ Skewers. They'll be suiting folks who want to cook hotdogs, toast marshmallows, or grill chicken, pork, vegetables and more on their grill or over an open flame. And if you're looking for some ingenious new twists on the classic s'mores recipe, check out this link from the Huffington Post. Time to get that fire stoked!

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