Thursday, March 10, 2011

Old School Thursday: Apples Turnovers & 17th Century Nudes Edition

Happy National Blueberry Popover Day. Celebrate with blueberry popovers, I guess.

It’s actually a shame that today’s dedicated to blueberries, since today is also the anniversary of the death of John Chapman (1845), better known as Johnny Appleseed, hero of elementary school pioneer tales and, possibly, of the Ohio River Valley, where he planted the apple trees that gave him his name. That makes me think we should probably forget the blueberries and go for apple turnovers, instead.

Today’s other news isn’t actually all that food-related, but it’s totally interesting and I’d never even heard about it before. Apparently, today in 1914, a London suffragette entered the National Gallery in London and slashed the Diego Velazquez painting “Rokeby Venus” with a meat cleaver. There are a lot of crazy things about this story – the fact that people used to be able to carry meat cleavers into major art museums without being noticed, for one, and also that someone thought slashing a Velazquez painting was a smart move on the road to voting rights. It’s just weird…and sad. I hate hearing about the destruction of art.

That said, we can still celebrate Johnny Appleseed today, right? Apple turnovers for everyone!

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