Living the Dream

What is the legend of El Tiradito?

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CRITERION AND MR. FORD

“I knew Wyatt Earp...I was an assistant prop boy then...and he told me about the fight at the O.K. Corral.”

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Every Dog Has its Day

Coconut-Cake-recipeMark Twain’s critical view of the exotic coconut tree, which he described as a “feather-duster struck by lightning,” didn’t keep American pioneers from appreciating the fruit it bore.

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Gold Dust and the Hangman's Noose

haney_nevadacityfamily_001_600x400pxUntil there is a time machine invented somewhere other than a Hollywood studio, history will be limited to memories of the dead and books of the living. There are, however, places where history lurks just beneath the surface of the modern world. Two such places are the Southwest Montana twin ghost towns of Virginia City and Nevada City.

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The Bacon Cure

Pioneer-bacon-sandwich_jesse-jamesOn his way from Illinois to California in 1852, William Henry Hart wrote, “The bacon too that I had  always disliked even the sight of, became very good eating proving that nothing makes us relish our food as much as a good appetite.”

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The Bitter Truth

Homemade-Horseradish-Kills-horsesI get hoarse after eating strong horseradish, but Henry Scammell felt otherwise. “Horseradish will afford instantaneous relief in most obstinate cases of hoarseness.

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A Dangerous Eggnog

A Dangerous Frontier EggnogThe hens only lay egg-nog at Christmas-tide, but egg-nog will lay a man any time he tackles it,” reported the Idaho Avalanche on January 3, 1880. In 1881, The Herald in Omaha, Nebraska, also found eggnog a subject for humor: “Hens favor sobriety. They generally quit laying when the egg-nog season approaches.”

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A Smatter of Smearcase

"I sometimes buy ‘cottage cheese’ of our milkman. My grandmother called it ‘smear-case.’ I spell it just as she pronounced it.

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Lobsters on the Frontier

forntier-recipie--lobster-bisqueLobster salad, prepared by an inexperienced person who does not know what to exclude, is almost as dangerous as an unloaded gun in the hands of a full grown idiot!” reported The San Diego Weekly Union in 1889.

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