Alison Richards http://weku.fm en Fun — And Olympic Games — On National Cheesecake Day http://weku.fm/post/fun-and-olympic-games-national-cheesecake-day It turns out to be easier to find out <a href="http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Olympics/faq2.html">when and where</a> the original Olympic Games were held (776 BC, in Olympia, Greece) <a href="http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Olympics/faq2.html"></a> than to nail down the story behind National Cheesecake Day.<p>Yes, in case it had passed you by, today is National Cheesecake Day.<p>Here at The Salt, we first learned about it last Tuesday, when a large, chilled, many-layered cheesecake turned up at our HQ in Washington, D.C. Mon, 30 Jul 2012 12:18:00 +0000 Alison Richards 30361 at http://weku.fm Fun — And Olympic Games — On National Cheesecake Day A Christmas Pudding In The Mail Carries A Taste Of Home http://weku.fm/post/christmas-pudding-mail-carries-taste-home Any day now it will arrive stamped by the Royal Mail: a truly homemade Christmas pudding from my family in England.<p>My mother always made Christmas puddings. And before moving to the U.S., I would make two or three puddings every November, too. Now it's my sister and brother-in-law who keep up the tradition. They use a mid-Victorian recipe handed down to my brother-in-law's father by his mother, the former Miss Mortlock. Wed, 21 Dec 2011 22:12:00 +0000 Alison Richards 18438 at http://weku.fm A Christmas Pudding In The Mail Carries A Taste Of Home For The Origins Of Pie, Look To The Humble Magpie http://weku.fm/post/origins-pie-look-humble-magpie This is the month when the stately, voluptuous turkey takes a place of pride on most dinner tables. But when it comes to dessert, it's worth considering the relevance of another bird — the humble magpie.<p>That's because, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word "pie" — defined as a baked dish topped with and sometimes also surrounded by pastry — may well derive from the Latin word <em>pica</em>, meaning magpie.<p>So how do you get from a smart Roman bird to the traditional Thanksgiving dessert? Mon, 21 Nov 2011 18:22:00 +0000 Alison Richards 16661 at http://weku.fm For The Origins Of Pie, Look To The Humble Magpie