Alison Richards http://wwno.org en The Secret, Steamy History Of Halloween Apples http://wwno.org/post/secret-steamy-history-halloween-apples A Halloween apple bob may seem as homespun as a hayride, but that shiny red apple has a steamy past. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:48:00 +0000 Alison Richards 46967 at http://wwno.org Fun — And Olympic Games — On National Cheesecake Day http://wwno.org/post/fun-and-olympic-games-national-cheesecake-day It turns out to be easier to find out <a href="http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Olympics/faq2.html">when and where</a> the original Olympic Games were held (776 BC, in Olympia, Greece) <a href="http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Olympics/faq2.html"></a> than to nail down the story behind National Cheesecake Day.<p>Yes, in case it had passed you by, today is National Cheesecake Day.<p>Here at The Salt, we first learned about it last Tuesday, when a large, chilled, many-layered cheesecake turned up at our HQ in Washington, D.C. Mon, 30 Jul 2012 12:18:00 +0000 Alison Richards 16762 at http://wwno.org Clarence Birdseye And His Fantastic Frozen Food Machine http://wwno.org/post/clarence-birdseye-and-his-fantastic-frozen-food-machine There's a particular pleasure in being reminded that the most ordinary things can still be full of magic. Frogs may turn into princes. Lumps of dirt can hide sparkling gems. Fri, 18 May 2012 17:13:00 +0000 Alison Richards 11466 at http://wwno.org A Christmas Pudding In The Mail Carries A Taste Of Home http://wwno.org/post/christmas-pudding-mail-carries-taste-home Any day now it will arrive stamped by the Royal Mail: a truly homemade Christmas pudding from my family in England.<p>My mother always made Christmas puddings. And before moving to the U.S., I would make two or three puddings every November, too. Now it's my sister and brother-in-law who keep up the tradition. They use a mid-Victorian recipe handed down to my brother-in-law's father by his mother, the former Miss Mortlock. Wed, 21 Dec 2011 22:12:00 +0000 Alison Richards 751 at http://wwno.org