by Linda Farmer Harris
I'm adapting my mother's favorite recipes and my father's baking for our high altitude Colorado living. I grew up on the high plains of New Mexico where dryness and high winds were our cooking enemies. Dad built a proofing box so his dinner rolls could rise in a stable temperature environment. A waterbed heater served as the heat source. You can see the white thermostat on the right side.
Dad was a baker in the Merchant Marines and made bread, dinner rolls, and cinnamon rolls throughout his life. He passed his secrets down to me and my sister, and taught his great granddaughter his techniques.
On one of Mom's recipe cards she added "a pinch of salt" in the margin. I think of a "pinch" as how much salt can I pick up with my thumb and first two fingers, but is that really a true measure.
I remembered Margaret Brownley's November 24, 2015 blog "A Pinch of This and a Dash of That" and the list of some weights and measures used by pioneer cooks. A Pinch is an eighth of a teaspoon.
That made me think of some of the other pieces of great information that have flowed daily through HH&H since its inaugural post on February 1, 2013. When I started research on my novella The Lye Water Bride (Barbour, 2016) I searched for info from HH&H posts. Articles like Miralee Ferrell's "Women in the Gold Rush Era" and "The First Gold Rush in the United States" by Patty Smith Hall. Included in the more than forty blogs using "gold rush" as a search term is my own "Pie for Sale: Lucy Stoddard Wakefield."
Have you referred to a previous HH&H post for information on one of your projects, your child's history assignment, or just because you were interested in a topic?
Linda Farmer Harris
Turning Tidbits of History into Unforgettable Stories
Lin and her husband, Jerry, live on a hay and cattle ranch in Chimney Rock, Colorado. Her novella The Lye Water Bride is included in The California Gold Rush Romance Collection (Barbour Publishing, August 1, 2016).