This episode of Alphabet Soup took place on Remembrance Day (November 11). I talk about Gertrude Bell, the Armenian Genocide, my own grandfather who fought in WW2, and the grieving process. The Cooking Corner for this week is Grasshopper Pie, which I actually made! Delicious.
Cooking Corner: Fettuccini alfredo is named in honour of Alfredo di Lelio, and there are two restaurants in Rome that compete over which is the more authentic fettuccini. Traditionally, it consists of fettuccini noodles, butter, and fresh parmesan. I tried a variation with feta cheese, just because. Woman of the Week: Florence Foster Jenkins was […]
The Woman of the Week: Elizabeth Arden is a cosmetics empire started by a Canadian woman, Florence Nightingale Graham. The name Elizabeth Arden came from a failed business partnership with Elizabeth Hubbard. They had already enscribed Elizabeth in gold letters on the door, so Florence Nightingale Graham added “Arden” and started building her empire. The […]
Dorothea Lange famously captured this image, titled “Migrant Mother”, during the Great Depression.
Woman of the Week: Cindy Lee, founder and CEO of T&T Supermarkets. Her father fled revolutionary China for Taiwan. Cindy left Taiwan for Canada, where she worked for $5/ hour as a bookeeper. T&T was started in 1993 after Cindy Lee decided to combine the staples of Chinatown shopping with the model of American supermarkets. […]
STOMP YOUR FEET LIKE A BRONTESAURUS we’re highlighting the lives of the Bronte sisters for the Woman of the Week segment. And then we talk about bipolar disorder for a Mental Health Moment. Bees? Biological warfare, bubonic plague, botulism. And then the Cooking Corner, with beet borscht! Beets that stained my hands red, so naturally […]
I start off this episode with a discussion of AAVE (African American Vernacular English) and the legitimacy of the word ain’t. Do white people appropriate AAVE? Let’s talk about cultural appropriation… in the comments section? Be respectful, people. The WOMAN OF THE WEEK for A is Anna Arnold Hedgeman (1899-1990), educator, author, activist. She helped […]