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The D = Dad

Uploaded: Jun 11, 2014

With D-Day just past and Fathers Day this weekend, I offer you a sweet slice of history and honor.

Two weeks ago, I wrote about our family garage sale, and how we uncovered blind pig beer mugs, and old box of photos in the attic. But that's not all we found. Buried in my father's shop, (I call it his tool museum) I found his two WWII scrapbooks filled with hundreds of articles fastidiously cut from The Detroit News when he was 15 years old (he turns 90 next week).



It was another hidden treasure, never even seen by my mother. The history was impressive, but since I'm not a big war buff, much of the content passed me by. That is until I looked deeper and started to see all the articles about food. They enraptured me.



Through food we can learn so much about a culture, a period of time, even a person. We eat to fill our stomachs, but the stories behind the food can also fill our heads and our hearts. So pick up your fork and pierce into the past with me.

I don't think America will have really made it until we have our own salad dressing. Until then we're stuck behind the French, Italians, Russians and Caesarians. ~Pat McNelis






After pouring over all of this, I kept wondering what the "D" in D-Day stood for. Despite all the 70th anniversary coverage, I had to look it up. Surprised me to find out it stands for nothing! But now the "D" will always stand for, and remind me of, "Dad."

Happy Fathers Day to all you fathers. While grilling this weekend, think about where to hide a surprise for your kids to uncover when you are grey or gone.


My father, looking at his scrapbook for the first time in probably 50 years.


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Posted by Brit, a resident of Palo Verde,
on Jun 11, 2014 at 9:55 am

Here is an article about the D in D Day. Web Link

There was an abundance of food available in America compared to the rationing of food for those in Britain. Here is an article on British food rationing during WW2. Web Link Scroll down a little to find the exact rations for WW2.


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Posted by Laura Stec, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Jun 11, 2014 at 3:19 pm

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Brit, thanks for that chart. Interesting!


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Posted by Max Hauser, a resident of Old Mountain View,
on Jun 14, 2014 at 12:05 pm

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Great post, Laura!
Further to what Brit posted:

My late father (a participant in the D-Day invasion and the Paris liberation) had been a peacetime US soldier before Pearl Harbor, and was among US forces sent to the UK in early 1942. Below are excerpts from the famous pamphlet "Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain," furnished to US personnel there. (Copies and facsimilies of this pamphlet abound today. Further quotations are available on several online sites.)

'The British don't know how to make a good cup of coffee. You don't know how to make a good cup of tea. It's an even swap…'

 'You are coming to Britain from a country where your home is still safe, food is still plentiful and lights are still burning. So it is doubly important for you to remember that the British soldiers and civilians have been living under a tremendous strain. It is always impolite to criticize your hosts. It is militarily stupid to insult your allies. So stop and think before you sound off about lukewarm beer, or cold boiled potatoes, and the way English cigarettes taste.'


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Posted by Laura Stec, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Jun 14, 2014 at 2:24 pm

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Love the addition Max. Some advice never changes!


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Posted by Brit, a resident of Palo Verde,
on Jun 15, 2014 at 6:52 am

Love the advice and some is still true. We Brits may have improved our coffee making skills somewhat, but I still find it hard to get a decent cup of tea here!



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