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“Texas BBQ, Part 1 and 2: A Slice of History”

Something is happening in the world of Texas BBQ. A new generation has landed on the scene, long dominated by family dynasties and traditional cooking methods. Is it new school vs. old school in this culinary world, or can both sides help each other? More importantly, what exactly is authentic Texas BBQ? Find out in our two-part series, and read more here:




  1. Prepare barbeque smoker with hickory or pecan wood.
  2. If you use briquets and woodchips, soak the chips in water.
  3. Rub ribs with dry rub and let set for one hour before starting to smoke.
  4. Smoke ribs slowly over indirect heat, 250 to 275 degrees for 2 1/2 hours.
  5. Wrap ribs in foil, cover meat generously with brown sugar and honey.
  6. Cook meat till rib bone twists and pulls freely out, about 2 1/2 to 3 more hours.


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An all-time American Favorite: “Beef Stew”

An all-time American Favorite: “Beef Stew”

Old-Time Beef Stew

Long and slow cooking on the stovetop makes this stew rich in color and flavor, and with ultra tender meat.


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 6 medium carrots, bias-sliced into 3/4-inch chunks
  • 1 pound small white onions, peeled and halved
  • 4 medium potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Snipped fresh parsley (optional)


  1. In a large pot cook all the meat at once in hot oil over medium-high heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until brown, stirring occasionally. Drain off excess fat. Add the 4 cups water, sliced onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, sugar, salt, paprika, pepper, bay leaf, and allspice. Bring just to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in carrots, halved onions, and potatoes. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 30 minutes more or until meat and vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf.
  3. In a screw-top jar shake together the 1/2 cup cold water and flour until combined. Stir into stew. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly; cook 1 minute more. Season stew to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle each serving with snipped parsley, if desired. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts (Old-Time Beef Stew)

Per serving: 389 kcal cal., 13 g fat (4 g sat. fat, 82 mg chol., 338 mg sodium, 37 g carb., 5 g fiber, 31 g pro. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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The Hats Men Wore In America – What Happened?

The Hats Men Wore In America – What Happened?

 So many hats, so many heads…Pinterest

Who Killed Men’s Hats? Think Of A Three Letter Word Beginning With ‘I’
By Robert Krulwich

A hundred years ago — and that’s when this picture was taken, in 1912 — men didn’t leave home without a hat. Boys wore caps. This is a socialist political rally in Union Square in Manhattan. There may be a bare head or two in this crowd, but I think those heads are women’s.

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Here’s another rally, Union Square again. This time it’s an Occupy Wall Street demonstration. A hundred years have passed. Same place. Same kind of crowd. But this time: hardly a hat.

“An Occupy Wall Street gathering in Union Square, Nov. 17, 2011.” Allison Joyce/Getty Images

Flip back one more time. We’re back, I think, in Union Square, with Emma Goldman arriving by car. She’s another socialist (this isn’t an essay about lefties, it’s about hats) and there she is, the only woman in a sea of men wearing a sea of hats.

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So what happened? Why did guys stop wearing headgear in midcentury America?The turning point, most people say, was John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. Before Kennedy, all presidents wore top hats on their first day at work. Kennedy brought one, but hardly ever put it on. Fashionistas say Kennedy, one of our most charismatic presidents, made hats un-happen. And, chronologically speaking, after JFK, guys everywhere, even balding ones like astronaut John Glenn, went topless.

Astronaut John Glenn (left) and President John F. Kennedy inspect the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule on Feb. 23, 1962, which Glenn rode in orbit. At right is Vice President Lyndon B. JohnsonVincent P. Connolly/AP

But I am the son of a hat designer. And my father, Allen S. Krulwich, had a different explanation. The president who de-hatted America, he thought, was Dwight Eisenhower.In the 1950s — and this was one of Ike’s grand accomplishments — he built a vast highway system across America. Interstates went up everywhere. Cities extended roads, turnpikes, highways, and suburbs appeared around every major city. People, instead of taking a bus, a tram, a train to work, could hop into their new Chevy or Ford and drive.Before Eisenhower, many more people used public transportation. After Eisenhower, they used a car. That, my father thinks, created the critical Head-To-Roof Difference.

A person of average height standing in a bus, tram or subway car has, roughly, three feet between the top of his head and the roof.

Robert Krulwich/NPR

If he chooses to wear a hat, (which depending on the hat can extend his height 3 to 18 inches), there is still lots of room above him. So he keeps his hat on.<Now imagine the same person, sitting in the drivers’ seat of his car. The Head-To-Roof distance is much narrower, so narrow that to stay comfortable, a man would feel it proper to remove his hat.

Robert Krulwich/NPR

Until cars became the dominant mode of personal transport, there was no architectural reason to take your hat off between home and office. With Dwight Eisenhower’s interstate highway system came cars, and cars made hats inconvenient, and for the first time men, crunched by the low ceilings in their automobiles, experimented with hat-removal, and got to like it.

Yes, there may have been other motivations; Kennedy had great hair; so did the Beatles, fashion was changing wildly at the time, but if we are looking for a president to blame — and my father, whose business suffered in the 1960s and 1970s — wanted to blame someone, I’m going to stand with him: I blame Ike, because Ike built the highways that created the cars that lowered the roofs that crushed the hats that changed the fashion that ruined the business that supported the Krulwiches.


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QUESTION: Why/when did most men in the United States stop wearing hats every day?

One Response:President John F Kennedy made it fashionable to not wear a hat.  His wife wore pill-box hats. This is one of the first instances of hats being discussed in mainstream news.
There were 3 networks, there were a handful of public opinion molders. They decided to make a news issue of Kennedy not wearing a hat, and the nation soon followed.

Nobody knows exactly why, but I’ll hazard a few guesses:

  1. Movies. Actors don’t wear hats very often, as it obscures their faces, and their faces are how they make a living. Movies became commonplace very early in the 20th Century, and were far more widely viewed than stage plays. This trend is only amplified throughout the century, as more men decide to focus their efforts on an actor-inspired hairdo rather than a well-made hat. This in turn inspires actors to focus more on their hair than their headgear. You’ll notice the parallel trend that, as hats lose prominence in society, so men’s hairstyles become the focus of their self-expression.
  2. Indoor work. The 20th Century saw the decline of agriculture as the main livelihood of the American man. Factory work became more common, and so did office work. The invention of air conditioning in the 1920s meant that even summer leisure time could be spent indoors. Indoors means going hatless, and the more time spent indoors, the more comfortable someone becomes with leaving their head bare.
  3. Cars. Though this applies more to mid-century cars which were fast and had low ceilings for aerodynamic (and aesthetic) purposes, it applies to older cars like the Model T, as well. Wearing a hat is difficult when you’re going 45 miles per hour in a convertible. It’s also difficult when the roof of your car is 4 inches above your head.

Just because people started noticing the hatless trend in the 50s and 60s doesn’t mean that’s when it started. Also, the 1980s and 90s were sort of the low point for men’s hat wearing, and even then it wasn’t extinct (especially if you count baseball caps). Nowadays the trend of wearing hats is returning, slowly, and the future of men’s hat wearing looks bright, as exemplified by the Fedora Lounge, the success of custom hatters, and celebrities like Pharrell who have brought hats back into the foreground of men’s fashion.


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“Leslie Howard – I’m In Heaven”

Leslie Howard Steiner (3 April 1893 – 1 June 1943) was an English stage and film actor, director, and producer. Howard also wrote many stories and articles for The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Vanity Fair and was one of the biggest box-office draws and movie idols of the 1930s. He is probably best remembered for playing Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind (1939). He had roles in many other notable films, including Berkeley Square (1933), Of Human Bondage (1934), (1934), The Petrified Forest(1936),(1938), Intermezzo (1939), “Pimpernel” Smith (1941), and The First of the Few (1942). He was nominated for the Intermezzo (1939), “Pimpernel” Smith (1941), and The First of the Few (1942). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for Berkeley Square and Pygmalion.


Scott Sunderland, Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller in Pygmalion (1938), which Howard co-directed

In 1920 Howard suggested forming a film production company, British Comedy Films Ltd., to his friend Adrian Brunel. The two eventually settled on the name Minerva Films Ltd. The company’s board of directors consisted of Howard, Brunel, C. Aubrey Smith, Nigel Playfair and A. A. Milne. One of the company’s investors was H. G. Wells. Although the films produced by Minerva—which were written by A. A. Milne—were well received by critics, the company was only offered £200 apiece for films it cost them £1,000 to produce and Minerva Films Ltd. was short-lived. Early films include four written by A. A. Milne, including The Bump, starring C. Aubrey Smith; Twice Two; Five Pounds Reward; and Bookworms, the latter two starring Howard. Some of these films survive in the archives of the British Film Institute.

Following his move to Hollywood, Howard often played stiff upper lipped Englishmen. He appeared in the film version of Outward Bound(1930), though in a different role than the one he portrayed on Broadway. He had second billing under Norma Shearer in A Free Soul (1933), which also featured Lionel Barrymoreand future Gone With the Wind rival Clark Gable six years prior to their Civil Warmasterpiece. He starred in the film version of Berkeley Square (1933), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. He played the title character in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934).

Howard co-starred with Bette Davis in The Petrified Forest (1936) and reportedly insisted that Humphrey Bogart play gangster Duke Mantee, repeating his role from the stage production. It re-launched Bogart’s screen career, and the two men became lifelong friends; Bogart and Lauren Bacall later named their daughter “Leslie Howard Bogart” after him.

Howard had earlier co-starred with Davis in the film adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s book Of Human Bondage (1934) and later in the romantic comedy It’s Love I’m After (1937) (also co-starring Olivia de Havilland). He played Professor Henry Higgins in the film version of George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion (1938), with Wendy Hiller as Eliza, which earned Howard another Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Howard starred with Ingrid Bergman in Intermezzo(1939) and Norma Shearer in a film version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (1936).Pygmalion (1938) won a bevy of academy awards but went almost ignored in England. In 1939 as war approached he played opposite Ingrid Bergman in Intermezzo; that August he was determined to return to the country of his birth. Howard was eager to help the war effort, but lost any support for a new film; instead he was obliged to relinquish £20,000 of holdings in the USA before he could leave the country.

Howard is perhaps best remembered for his role as Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind(1939), his last American film, but he was uncomfortable with Hollywood and returned to Britain to help with the Second World Wareffort. He starred in a number of Second World War films including 49th Parallel (1941), “Pimpernel” Smith (1941), and The First of the Few (1942, known in the U.S. as Spitfire), the latter two of which he also directed and co-produced. His friend and The First of the Few co-star, David Niven said Howard was “…not what he seemed. He had the kind of distraught air that would make people want to mother him. Actually, he was about as naïve as General Motors. Busy little brain, always going.”

During wartime Howard made documentaries with Noël Coward for the BBC, typically inFrom the Four Corners(1942), in which he eulogised on the principles of defending the British Commonwealth. “To hell”, he said of his critics. He took to directing also with Pimpernel Smith (1941), after years of experience with technical cameramen. The film was a big success in Britain and USA, but was deemed as deliberate attempt at propaganda. In throwing down the challenge to the Nazis, some critics have said the film spelt a death sentence to his career. He lived with Violette Cunnington at the weekend, now his girlfriend on the set of Pimpernel. In49th Parallel (1941) he delivered the famous lines, “So that’s how you are, Nazis!” The first of his nearly death-defying films came in 1942 withFirst of the few – aka Spitfire. R.J. Mitchell was the designer of the famous fighter aeroplane that featured in a romantic film that glorified the heroism of Mitchell’s role. Mitchell’s death was over-played and non-factual, but made more of the circumstances.(Matthew Sweet, film critic.). His son Ronald Howard worked in the Royal Navy during the war. His daughter married a Royal Canadian Army officer, Robert Dale-Harris. Howard’s attitude was “marry that dull young man”, and so she did in 1943. Howard then directedThe Gentle Sex(1943). His biographer,Quentin Falkbelieved the shock of Violette Cunnington’s death was total and devastating. Another biographer, American Professor Robert Wheeler believed that the cultural expedition to Spain through the British Council was an effort to contribute more to the war effort, after his lover had gone. On June 1st, 1943 his flight was arranged for Flight 777, some unimportant persons were asked to depart. Leslie was late and stopped to buy stockings for a lady friend. They flew over the Bay of Biscay, but were shadowed by enemy aircraft, “tapped by enemy aircraft” in the last message. The plane was shot down over the sea, on board were three VIPs: Ivan Sharp, economic warfare ministry man, Mr Shervington, Director of Shell Oil and Chief of Secret Service; Wilfred Israel, Head of getting Jews out of Europe, Spain station. Subsequent biographers have tried to explain the theory that the Nazis targeted the civilian flight.

In 1944, after his death, British exhibitors voted him the second most popular local star at the box office.His daughter said he was a “remarkable man.”

Leslie Howard and Myrna Loy in The Animal Kingdom (1932)

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1940s Women’s Fashion Trend

1940s Women’s Fashion Trend

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1940’s Fashion Key Features.

Whether it was a dress,sleeveless sweater, cardigan, silk dressing gown or bodice, the padded or puffed shoulder was the dominant look. Originally made popular in the mid to late 1930’s by designer Elsa Schiaparelli and actress Joan Crawford , it now defines the look of the 1940’s woman.

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Bodice Top or Dress

Traditionally a two piece garment sewn together. Popular 1940’s bodices had padded or puffed
shoulders with Long or short sleeves.

High round, sweetheart, small collars.

1940’s Shoe Style.
Oxfords, Pumps and Sandals were the order of the day. Visit the Complete guide to 1940’s women’s shoes

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Inset, short or long, puff.

The War Years – Ration Fashion in the 1940s.

In all countries involved in the conflict, fashion houses either closed, or worked for their governments. In Britain – Designer Norman Hartnell speedily produced designs which were mass producible – yet colorful and feminine.

1940s Utility Fashion - women - Norman Hartnell Designer

In France, most of the leading couture houses like Chanel and Schiaparelli shut during the occupation and by default, the rise in consumer friendly and affordable fashions took off in the USA.

1940’s Hosiery

1940s Nylons ! Though not commonly available when the war started, as there was a huge drive to ‘ hand in ‘ your nylon stockings to the authorities, so they could be used for the war effort. Everything from parachutes to the nose cones of bombs. Whilst American women at home went without, the US army issued American soldiers on their way to Europe with nylons to woo British and French women with. By all accounts it worked ! When the war ended, the sale of nylon stockings went through the roof. Durng the austerity years of the war – the make do and mend era, the lack of nylons had women on both sides of the Atlantic resorting to leg cosmetics, painted stockings , also called liquid stockings . The drawing in of the all important seams being the difficult final touch!


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Why High Heels?

Why High Heels?


Designed to make your legs look longer and slimmer, the high heel is certainly praised by a great many women. The legendary Marilyn Monroe was no exception, reputedly stating, “I don’t know who invented the high heel, but women owe him a lot.”

Whether high heels were actually invented by one particular person or simply part of cohort in design evolution, there’s one thing for sure – the high heeled shoe today is synonymous with feminine sexuality, and loved the world over by women of all ages.

But was this always the case?


It seems the Ancient Egyptians can take some credit for the invention of heels. Way back in 3500 BC, both men and women were wearing shoes that bore a striking resemblance to high heels. It’s also thought Egyptian butchers wore elevated shoes to keep their feet out of the animal’s blood.

Heels were also seen in Ancient Greece and Rome, with actors wearing shoes with high wooden or cork soles, known as Kothorni. These varied in height according to the status of the character. Prostitutes in Ancient Rome also wore heeled shoes as a way to identify themselves to potential clients.


Believed to have originated among the prostitutes of Venice, chopines reached the lofty height of 18 inches and were worn to give women an elevated status above her rivals, and to produce a sensuous way of walking to attract clients. Their popularity spread to the aristocracy of Italy and the Ottoman Empire, and were worn by men as a way of showing they were so wealthy, they didn’t have to worry about walking (which they saw as synonymous with work).


While some people believe high heels originated with chopines, others believe they were based on an Eastern design which allowed the feet of horse riders to straddle the stirrup. However, despite this ongoing debate, the first European to be documented wearing high heels was Queen Elizabeth I, who appeared in a portrait wearing a pair made of Spanish leather. These shoes were often tied with straps made from lace or ribbon, called latchets.

Note: Either way, the first documented wearer of European high heels is Queen Elizabeth I. She was painted wearing a pair, and in “Queen Elizabeth’s Wardrobe Unlock’d,” clothing historian Janet Arnold includes a list of the queen’s clothes from 1595, with “a payre of spanyshe lether shoes with highe heels and arches.”


Fast forward to 1660, and we see evidence of women’s shoes becoming more decorative and ornate. Materials such as silk, brocade, braid and velvet were used to decorate the shoes, which were often embellished with embroidery. Up until this point, men’s and women’s shoes had been virtually indistinguishable.

While Louboutin may have laid claim to the red sole, red heels first appeared at the court of Louis XIV of France, when Louis started a trend by wearing heels covered in red leather from Morocco.

The French court also gave us the Pompadour heel, which was named after King Louis XV’s mistress, Madame de Pompadour. The heels were narrow and curved and proved extremely difficult to walk in – perhaps one reason why these particular shoes were often confined to the boudoir. Despite this, women loved the design, and their popularity soon spread across Europe.

Average heel heights were half an inch in 1851, and rose to two and a half inches less than ten years later. With the invention of brass heel pieces later in the century, even higher heels were achievable. During this period the classic ‘court shoe’ appeared, with a simple front without any form of ties.


Following World War II, Christian Dior brought the classic French style of shoe back to popularity, by taking the court shoe, and adding a much higher heel and more ornate touches. It was at this time the iconic stiletto was born – when Dior shoe designer Roger Vivier used new plastic heel pieces to create the towering look. The stiletto was both slender and incredibly strong, and was nicknamed “the needle”. Based on the exceptionally thin heels depicted in WWII pin up art, women wore stilettos to recreate the eroticism of the pin up look.

Further read here: The history of high heels — from Venice prostitutes to stilettos | New


Very high heels lost some of their popularity during the sixties, and the seventies was a time for the reemergence of the platform shoe. It wasn’t until the 1980s that high heels became a ubiquitous sight in the business world. During the decade of the ‘yuppies’, professional women used towering high heels as a way to show they could combine business acumen with the power of sex appeal.

Note: Why Are Powerful Women Icons Always Wearing High Heels?

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From “Veep” to “House of Cards,” power women in pop culture choose style over comfort, even when they have to think on their feet.


Today any style of shoe and height of heel is acceptable, but still high heels are seen as the ultimate choice when it comes to dressing to impress. Just take a look at any red carpet event and you’ll see women wearing all kinds of dazzling creations, using them to express their unique sense of style.

Despite the beautiful and powerful way heels can make you feel when you wear them, one thing has remained the same as heel styles have changed across the ages: the joyous feeling of taking them off at the end of the day.

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Men’s Fashion And Pinstripes

According to fashion historians, pinstripes worn by men were not initially born as a popular fashion. It’s various patterns were first used at the onset of industrialization. Institutions and household goods were the forerunners.

Fashionable pinstripes for men became popular from the 1900s thru the 1940s. After then, styles would come to the fore then fade away. This rise and fade continued well into the 1960s. MissBackInTheDayUSA (AmericaOnCoffee)

Style Defined: Pinstripes

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Pinstripe is one of those patterns that, honestly, doesn’t need a ton of explanation – it’s quite simply a series of evenly spaced stripes that are characteristically skinny – ‘pin’ skinny, if you will. Simple enough!

Moreover, there isn’t necessarily any sort of fascinating or even really identifiable history to the pattern – stripes have been used for about as long as fabrics have existed, and even the particularly thin lines of pinstriping can’t be associated with any specific textile movement.

That said, there is still an interesting discussion to be had. For one, there’s an ongoing disagreement among style historians as to how the pattern found it’s way into classic men’s style, specifically suiting.

Some claim that it was through banking uniforms, with different banks creating slightly different styles of striping to identify their employees. Others attribute it to the long-standing (and current) trend of adapting sporting attire into everyday wear, looking specifically to the boating uniforms of the 1800s.

Which brings up another interesting aspect of pinstriping – the colors used. Technically, pinstripes and their backing fabrics can be any color, and still be called pinstripes. However, there are two traditional motifs used in men’s fashion.

The first is light stripes on a dark backing – which is, sure enough, often seen as the epitome of business-formal style (ahoy, bankers!). The second, dark stripes over a light background, can be traced back to that sporting origin story – look at baseball uniforms, like the Chicago Cubs. (Fun fact – the Cubs have been credited as the first professional baseball team to incorporate pinstripes into their uniforms, after which countless teams followed suit).

With all that in mind, it makes sense that today, darker fabrics with light stripes remain more formal, often used in business suits and more formal neckwear – think somber and respectable. Likewise, light fabrics with dark stripes have remained characteristically casual, often seen on cotton blazers, exuding a laid-back dandy image characteristic of summer cocktail parties and horse racing attire.

These days, pinstripes remain ubiquitous and firmly entrenched in the canon of classic menswear patterns. It’s one you see everywhere, but probably often don’t even notice. In fact, the strength of pinstripe is precisely that – its versatility and subtlety. Whether it’s a structured, dark three-piece suit or the lining to your favorite bomber, it’s a look that will often complement and never offend! Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Adam Lehman-He Spoke Style

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