Old-school etiquette

Via Gab comes this very useful illustration of a full table setting.  Click the image for a larger view. I don’t know anyone who uses full place settings any longer – they’re really a relic of pre-World War II fine dining – but the diagram is still useful with less extensive settings.  Simply leave out the items one lacks, and arrange what one has in the order show. So, if you’re ever in doubt about how to lay the table, or in which order to use the cutlery at one’s place, now you know. Peter

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A happy and blessed Thanksgiving to all my readers

Miss D. and I are several hundred miles from home this Thanksgiving, but we’ll be joining many of her family to celebrate the season.  We had a safe (albeit long and tiring) journey yesterday, and are looking forward to some fun and interesting times over the next couple of days as we do some research for a future book and also meet interesting people. Despite all the challenges of the past year, we have a lot for which to be thankful.  So does our nation, despite the many things wrong with it that seem intractable amid the political polarization and meanness

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Hiding MSG

I heard from a friend yesterday.  She was extremely angry because her young child has what appear to be allergic reactions to MSG – monosodium glutamate.  She bought and served some food that did not list MSG as an ingredient under that name, but used another term she didn’t recognize.  As a result, her child became quite ill, and needed urgent medical treatment to deal with the symptoms. There’s a lot of disagreement about whether there is such a thing as an allergy to MSG.  Medical science largely says there isn’t.  However, MSG can produce certain reactions that may be mislabeled an “allergy”, particularly

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Hiding MSG

I heard from a friend yesterday. She was extremely angry because her young child has what appear to be allergic reactions to MSG – monosodium glutamate.  She bought and served some food that did not list MSG as an ingredient under that name, but used another term she didn’t recognize. As a result, her child became quite ill, and needed urgent medical treatment to deal with the symptoms.There’s a lot of disagreement about whether there is such a thing as an allergy to MSG. Medical science largely says there isn’t.  However, MSG can produce certain reactions that may be mislabeled an “allergy”, particularly in

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Updating your kitchen?

It wasn’t always so easy. Things have changed for the better, it seems!  When I was five years old, my parents bought a house that had been built at the turn of the 20th century.  It was in dire need of rehabbing, including the kitchen – which still contained a huge hollow at the base of a chimney, that was intended to accommodate a wood-fired or coal-fired stove and oven.  (With the chimney sealed off and sliding doors installed, it became a very useful cupboard.)  Thing is, when we moved in, it wasn’t too dissimilar to the old-style kitchen shown

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Sounds like a Wacken good time was had by all concerned

The Wacken Open Air heavy metal music festival is held every year in Germany.  Some 75,000 metalheads came to the party this year – and the organizers made sure they had the right stuff to promote a party spirit. Wacken Open Air Festival [constructed] a 7-kilometer [more than four mile] network of pipes to quench its thirsty fans. Attendees will drink an average of 5.1 liters of beer each over the festival. The new pipeline will carry about 400,000 liters (105,000 gallons) of beer through the grounds of Wacken Open Air Festival in northern Germany. The 75,000 metal fans who attend the event each year consume an

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Somebody should tell President Trump . . .

. . . that a failed Israeli project might be useful for  US border security. One thousand crocodiles have been left homeless in the war-torn West Bank after a man’s failed bid to open a tourist attraction. The ill-fated attraction is causing a huge headache for authorities, as the ‘escape artist’ creatures are stranded with nowhere to go. Israel’s Defense Ministry was forced to admit it had no idea what to do with the snappy reptiles. The Petza’el farm was originally set up with the intention of bringing holidaymakers to the region more than 20 years ago. However, this went badly wrong.

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