Daily Archives: July 1, 2015

The Foods Americans Once Loved to Eat


O’Connell compares the taste of roast beaver tail, cooked over an open fire, to that of pork rinds.

Eel Pie

Eel pie, anyone?

“Before hamburgers and sushi, there were centuries of epicurean staples, including eel pie, pear cider and syllabub, foods that have since dipped in popularity and might seem a little, well, unconventional, in today’s diet.”

So writes Li Zhou for Smithsonian, discussing the new book The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites by historian Libby O’Connell called

“O’Connell attributes the rise and fall of different delicacies to, among other reasons, overharvesting of certain foods, the shift from active to sedentary lifestyles and a greater focus on convenience over time.”

Read the article here.

Dragonfly or Damselfly?

Dragonflies and damselflies are closely related. Once you know what to look for, telling the two members of the order Odonata apart is easy. Look for evidence in these four details: eyes, body shape, wing shape, and position of the wings at rest.

Dragonflies have much larger eyes, taking up most of the head as they wrap around from the side to the front of the face. The eyes of a damselfly are large, but there is always a gap of space between them.

Dragonflies have bulkier bodies than damselflies, with a shorter, thicker appearance. Damselflies have a body made like the narrowest of twigs, whereas dragonflies have a bit of heft.

Both groups have two sets of wings. Dragonflies have hind wings larger than the front set of wings. Damselflies have wings that are the same size and shape for both sets, and they also taper as they join the body.

Finally, Dragonflies hold their wings out perpendicular to their bodies when resting. Damselflies fold their wings up and hold them together.

Source: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/how-tell-difference-between-dragonfly-and-damselfly#ixzz3eZUQilx3