tumblr_nqmbuunBjP1rd3evlo1_540During the Civil War, since pecans were in short supply in the South, oatmeal was substituted for the traditional pecan pie 

The history of oatmeal pie is difficult to verify.  Its thought that this pie originated during or around the Civil War, in Charleston, South Carolina. That would mean it is an idea that has been around since the 1860′s or close to that time.


  • 1(9 inch) pie crusts
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup  sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 14teaspoon salt
  • 1cup light corn syrup
  • 1814cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oatmeal  (uncooked)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Beat eggs until frothy.
  3. Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl.
  4. Add eggs; mix well.
  5. Add corn syrup, melted butter, and vanilla.
  6. Mix oatmeal.
  7. Pour into uncooked shell.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes.

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tumblr_npw7vv04km1rd3evlo1_500Abraham Lincoln visited here after giving his famous Cooper Union address in 1860, and a chair where he supposedly sat is kept behind the bar.

Located 15 E. 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)

McSorley’s is said to be the oldest bar in New York, dating back to 1854. The only drinks served, light and dark McSorley’s Ale, have been poured for a hundred and fifty years.
Women were not allowed inside until a controversial 1970 Supreme Court case, and after years of bartenders guarding the bathroom door, a ladies room was finally installed in 1986.

Since then McSorley’s has seen a long line of famous patrons such as Teddy Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe Kennedy, Woody Guthrie, Mickey Mantle, John Lennon and JFK. and wishbones on a chandelier left by young U.S. soldiers who went off to fight in the First World War. The wishbones that remain, among decades of gathering dust and gunk, are of those soldiers that didn’t come back. Anyone who touches them is banned for life.

With its floor covered in sawdust and mugs of ale served two at a time, McSorley’s continues to be a bar unaffected by time or the outside world.

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JULIO’S CAFE – Best Food in Stonewall Jackson’s Hometown


If you’re traveling near Clarksburg, West Virginia, and are looking for a leisurely and well-prepared dinner, you couldn’t do any better than Julio’s Cafe.  Here’s the guff:

WAIT:  No delay in seating.

SPEED OF SERVICE:  A leisurely pace which allows you to enjoy drinks and dinner over the evening.

MENU OR LACK THEREOF:  No written menu.  The long list is recited from memory. Ask as many questions as you like.

PRICE/VALUE:  Entrées were around $35 each but the entrée price includes the entire dinner minus drinks and dessert – you get bread, soup, salad and an entrée large enough that you’ll need doggy bags. Recommend the sea bass or the filet.

QUALITY OF FOOD:  Couldn’t be better.

DECOR:  The restaurant is not fancy inside or out – no shag carpet, ho-hum murals of Italy, but CLEAN.

SERVICE:  Excellent.


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One thing I appreciate about living in LA is that you have a plethora of choices when it comes to dining out. I love food (duh, that’s why I write about it), but contrary to what it may seem like, I really don’t spend a fortune every time I go out (I can’t afford to and I wouldn’t want to anyway). What’s amazing about this city is that it’s rife with delicious cheap eats—restaurants that won’t break your bank but will leave you fully satisfied at the end of your meal.

The Grand Central Market has been around for almost 100 years. Known for its “back-in-the-day comfort food and retro prices,” the market is a beautiful hodgepodge of ethnic food. Here, you can find anything from authentic Mexican tacos to Chinese lo-mein, Japanese bento boxes, Middle Eastern kababs and more.

Pretty much every entrée or dish sold at any vendor is under $10.

However, the GCM is currently undergoing a makeover. A variety of new vendors are opening up to cater to the exploding urban population in downtown LA (or people who are looking for more relatively upscale and urban eateries in the area). These new openings are a little pricier, but don’t worry, they are still mostly wallet-friendly.

One of the oldest stalls here, the China Café, is a small and unassuming kiosk at the center of the GCM that is most famous for its wonton dishes and chow mein. Its U-shaped counter, which forms around the tiny kitchen, seats around 15 people. You can also eat it at the cafeteria-styled dining area or take it to-go.


Yes, the service is a little chaotic, but for the price, you really can’t complain. The restaurant only accepts cash, but there’s no tax on the food.

FYI: The wonton bowls don’t come with noodles but you can add it in your bowl for just an additional dollar. The broth is surprisingly clear, and not too salty or MSG-heavy.

House Wonton Soup ($5.50): chicken, shrimp, char siu (pork), boiled egg, cabbage and minced pork wontons.

Seafood Wonton Soup ($6.50): scallops, shrimp, boiled egg, cabbage and minced pork wontons.

Address: 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Hours: Mon-Sun, 9:00am – 6:00pm
Parking: Free 1-hr parking with validation

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5-keens-steakhouse_650Carnivores never want for steak in New York, but a mutton craving may leave one stumped. The rare presence of this hulking, sinewy chop on the menu of Keens is one of the reasons the old-timey Herald Square steakhouse, which dates from 1885, packs a crowd. The other is its historic allure. Back in the day, Lambs Club theater members flocked here to smoke churchwarden pipes. Now, in a nod to its roots as a tobacco haven, the ceiling is adorned with more than 90,000 of these slender relics. Inside the maze of clubby, dark wood dining rooms sit a mélange of theater memorabilia, political cartoons and oil paintings. Or, settle into the more casual pub room, where you can sip single malt from the encyclopedic Scotch collection alongside crunchy, fried egg-topped prime rib hash, eyes riveted on the voluptuous nude portrait hanging above the bar.  72 W. 36th St., 212-947-3636,

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Keen’s Porterhouse Special

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According to the American novelist and short-story writer, Eudora Welty.


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