Monday, August 09, 2004

Summer scenes at the Cambridge Fresh Pond Reservation

These photos were taken Sunday morning, June 20th on the first day of Summer. At 6am, there weren't that many people around. Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy them. For comparison, take a look at the Spring Scenes taken three months earlier, and Winter Scenes taken three months before that.

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Sunday, August 08, 2004

An American invention?

A favorite dish of mine has been an American invention after all?

Tracking a Chinese-food delicacy
Menus at home lack chicken dish ubiquitous in US

By Ted Anthony, Associated Press | August 8, 2004

WENJIALONG, China -- Zuo Kuanxun wrinkles his face in skepticism, and you can hardly blame him. A foreign visitor has appeared without warning to inform him that his great-great-great grandfather -- battlefield hero and crusher of rebellions against the imperial Qing court -- is renowned on restaurant menus across the sea.

Gen. Zuo Zongtang, a hometown legend in his south-central province of China, was the fiercest of 19th-century warriors. Yet today, most of America associates the late military strategist with a chicken. And a tasty one at that.

Odds are you know him as General Tso, General Chao, General Zhou, even General Ching -- namesake of the succulent, sweet-spicy chunks of dark-meat chicken that features in most every Chinese restaurant in America but is almost entirely unknown in China itself.

General Tso/Zuo himself, however, is well known -- decidedly real and born in 1812 in this tiny valley in Hunan province. And a bit of detective work turns up the fact that, indeed, there is an obscure Hunan chicken recipe that bears his name -- though no one can say quite how that happened.

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Read the rest of the article. You're sure to get a couple of chuckles out of it.