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Sep 20, 2021

Image from Mark Twain's Roughing It Sherry and Marshall talk books! Discover all the various items that the pioneers read. They were entertained and enriched with dime novels, books from Jack London, Mark Twain, and Willa Cather. They thumbed through Frank Leslie’s publications, Harper’s Weekly, Ladies’ Home Journal, and Scribner. Local newspapers and business periodicals were also enjoyed and studied. Probably the number one book read was the Bible and we forgot to mention that in the show!


This show's lagniappe:


Escalloped Tomatoes

1 pint fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground black

3 tablespoons butter, melted

1 teaspoon sugar

½ pint bread crumbs, grated


Mix tomatoes, salt, and pepper, sugar, and two tablespoons of the butter and pour into a baking dish. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the mixture and drizzle with the remaining butter. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.


Recipe Adapted from The Ladies’ Home Journal, October 1885


Your Hosts:


To learn more about Sherry Monahan and her books, visit her website

To learn more about Marshall Trimble and his work, visit his website.


Experience History:


Visit Jack London Historic State Park

Read Frank Leslie’s Illustrated

Read Harpers’ Weekly

Read Roughing It by Mark Twain


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