Articles by: Merry Post

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  • Raise a forkful of sponge cake

    Raise a forkful of sponge cake

    George Washington would have been surprised to know that his name became associated with cherry pie. We have Parson Weems to thank for the cherry tree-chopping fable. Weems’ much-mythologized biography was published in 1800, just a year after Washington’s death. The dessert, which was associated with George Washington in the 19th century, called Washington pie,

  • Carrot soup comes from French town of Crécy

    Carrot soup comes from French town of Crécy

    Is there anything nicer on a frigid winter day than a pot of homemade soup simmering on the stove? And after weeks of holiday excesses, vegetable soups are a welcome return to healthier eating. When I first read the following recipe, I was disappointed, expecting a watercress soup. Cressy is actually the Anglicized name for

  • Emily Dickinson’s black cake for those who hate fruitcake

    Emily Dickinson’s black cake for those who hate fruitcake

    Her neighbors knew her as the daughter and sister of prominent men, as a knowledgeable gardener, and as the eccentric recluse who once lowered a basket of gingerbread out her window to reach a group of eager children. Emily Dickinson, a poet of astonishing originality, was also an accomplished baker. She stirred images from home