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October 25, 2017

From Cucina to Grocery Store: The Evolution of Pasta-Making in American Homes

For many people, Italian American culture is synonymous with Italian food. And who could fault individuals for thinking this way, considering the pervasiveness of Italian American cuisine in the United States today. The widespread popularity of Italian food was not always the case ... The evolution of pasta-making in American homes can be traced in the History Center’s Italian American Collection through an investigation of several of our artifacts: the chitarra, the hand-crank pasta machine, and the pasta die.

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October 24, 2017

Isaly’s: A Recipe for Good Food

Everyone has a favorite Isaly's recipe — when author Brian Butko was growing up, it was Isaly’s macaroni & cheese that he looked forward to each trip. Years later, he would experiment with his own recipe, trying to recreate the taste he remembered.

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August 4, 2017

American Culinary Tastes Over Time

It’s impossible to encapsulate all of America’s history in only a few prepared dishes. By examining changes in taste through recipes published in cookery books, however, we gain a sense of how American cuisine emerged and evolved from the 18th century to the present.

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