9 Tasty Foods Named After People

9 Tasty Foods Named After People 

Ever wonder what it takes to get your name permanently affixed to a dish? It doesn’t hurt to invent a new delicacy that people just can’t stop eating, but for some people it’s just been a matter of being in the right place at the right time—and complimenting the chef on a job well done. Here are nine foods named after people, including Margherita pizza, Graham crackers, and nachos (yes, nachos).

1. Chicken a la King



While some stories trace the savior of leftover chicken’s roots back to London’s Claridge Hotel or the famed restaurant Delmonico’s, one particular tale is widely accepted. As the story goes, a chef named George Greenwald ran the restaurant at the ritzy Brighton Beach Hotel in Brooklyn around the turn of the 20th century. Greenwald liked to experiment in the kitchen, and one night he turned out a special chicken dish for the owners of the hotel. The proprietor and his wife adored the dish and encouraged Greenwald to add it to his menu. Greenwald was so delighted that his boss liked his new creation that he named it after the hotelier: E. Clark King.

2. Graham crackers


Sylvester Graham would not have gotten along very well with James Salisbury. Graham, a 19th-century diet proponent, felt that people should ingest mostly fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while avoiding meats and any sort of spice. The upside of all of this bland food sounds a bit curious to the modern reader: Graham thought his diet would keep his patients from having impure thoughts. Cleaner thoughts would lead to less masturbation, which would in turn help stave off blindness, pulmonary problems, and a whole host of other potential pitfalls that stemmed from moral corruption. Graham invented the cracker that bears his name as one of the staples of this anti-self-abuse diet.

3. Salisbury Steak


James Salisbury was a 19th-century American doctor with a rather kooky set of beliefs. According to Salisbury, fruits, vegetables, and starches were the absolute worst thing a person could eat, as they would produce toxins as our bodies digested them. The solution? A diet heavy on lean meats. To help his diet cause, Salisbury invented the Salisbury steak, which he recommended patients eat three times a day and wash down with a glass of hot water to aid digestion. Apparently the only people paying attention to the doctor’s orders were elementary school lunch ladies.

4. Cobb salad


Here’s a debate so fiery that even Curb Your Enthusiasm has tackled it. Although there are numerous origin stories for this main-course salad, it seems that most people generally agree the concoction bears the name of Robert Cobb, the former proprietor of Hollywood’s Brown Derby restaurant.

There are a number of stories about how Cobb actually invented the salad, though. The one most frequently repeated is that in 1937, a hungry Cobb went to his restaurant’s kitchen for a midnight snack and ended up improvising a delicious salad with what he found in the fridge. His buddy Sid Grauman, the owner of the landmark Grauman’s Chinese Theater, was with Cobb on the night he got the munchies, and started ordering “Cobb’s salads” when he came in to eat at the Brown Derby.

5. Beef Stroganoff


The creamy beef dish supposedly takes its name from Count Pavel Stroganov, a 19th-century Russian statesman and military leader who commanded a division in the Napoleonic Wars. Stroganov’s family was one of Russia’s most wealthy and influential, so he certainly had the clout to get a namesake dish. It’s not totally clear, though, at what point the dish sprang into existence. Some sources credit an 1890 culinary competition—which seems unlikely because Count Pavel was long dead at that point—but the beef dish is mentioned in written records at least as far back as the 1860s.

6. Nachos


Yep, there really was a guy named Nacho. In 1943 Ignacio Anaya—better known by his nickname “Nacho”—was working at the Victory Club in Piedras Negras, Mexico, just over the border from Eagle Pass, Texas. As the story goes, there were a lot of American servicemen stationed at Fort Duncan near Eagle Pass, and one evening a large group of soldiers’ wives came into Nacho’s restaurant as he was closing down.

Nacho didn’t want to turn the women away with empty stomachs, but he was too low on provisions to make a full dinner. So he improvised. Nacho Anaya supposedly cut up a bunch of tortillas, sprinkled them with cheddar and jalapenos and popped them in the oven. The women were so delighted with the nachos especiales that the snack quickly spread throughout Texas.

7. Fettucine Alfredo


The Italian favorite has been around for centuries, but it supposedly took on its current form around 1914 when Alfredo di Lelio upped the amount of butter in the recipe in an attempt to find something his pregnant wife would enjoy eating. Di Lelio realized that his buttery cheese sauce was extraordinarily tasty, so he started serving it to tourists at his Rome restaurant and named the dish after himself.

8. Margherita pizza


This deliciously simple pizza is named after Margherita of Savoy, who was Queen consort of Italy from 1878 until 1900 during the reign of her husband, King Umberto I. In 1889, Umberto and Margherita took a vacation to Naples and visited renowned pizza chef Raffaele Esposito, who cooked the royal couple three special pizzas. Margherita particularly enjoyed one that had used mozzarella, tomato, and basil to mimic the colors the Italian flag, so Esposito named the dish in her honor.

9. Bananas Foster


In 1951, Richard Foster had a tough job. He was the chairman of a New Orleans crime commission that was trying to clean up the French Quarter, and he also ran his own business, the Foster Awning Company. When Foster was hungry, he would often head in to his friend Owen Brennan’s restaurant, Brennan’s, and happily wolf down whatever chef Paul Blange was making. When Chef Blange invented a new dessert of flaming bananas, he named it after his owner’s buddy and frequent customer.

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Illuminated Nature: Dazzling Light Art in Fields and Forests

Illuminated Nature: Dazzling Light Art in Fields and Forests

For every human interaction with nature that is sad and destructive, we would like to hope there is also one that is meaningful and inspirational, enhancing rather than extinguishing the beauty and wonder of the woods or the sea. Photographer Barry Underwood creates stunning full-scale light installations in natural settings that exemplify the positive relationship that we can have with the earth, working in a sort of artistic collaboration with nature itself.


Underwood’s light art photography seems to bring out the magic that we already see in the darkness between the trees, or in the fog that hovers above a lake on a cool morning. Each photograph expertly frames a scene, while Underwood’s additions to the composition – whether in the form of light graffiti or illuminated objects placed in the landscape – make them feel a tad surreal.

Building on a portfolio of landscape light art that stretches back to 2007, Underwood has added some new works to his website. “These images are documentations of full-scale installations that are built on-site in the landscape,” he says in his artist statement. “Using illusion, imagination, and narrative, my photographs explore the potential of the ordinary. I approach my photographic work with a theatrical sensibility, much like a cinematographer or set designer would.”

“By reading the landscape and altering the vista through lights and photographic effects, I transform everyday scenes into unique images. Light and color alter the perception of space, while defamiliarizing common objects. Space collapses, while the lights that I install appear as intrusions and interventions. This combination renders the forms in the landscape abstract. Inspired by cinema, land art, and contemporary painting, the resulting photographs are both surreal and familiar. They suggest a larger narrative, and yet that narrative remains elusive and mystifying.”

Painted Pastures: 7 Amazing Colorful Fields & Meadows

Painted Pastures: 7 Amazing Colorful Fields & Meadows

Flowery fields of brilliant blooms in every color of the rainbow are a treat for the eyes and a tonic for the soul. These 7 amazing colorfulfields and meadows span the spectrum from deepest violet to brightest white, challenging photographers to capture their beauty while testing their antihistamines.


Violet Vales

(images via: HobbyKafeGoddess Huntress and Itz My Wings)

Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido is famed for its sprawling fields of lavender nourished by copious rainfall and rich volcanic soils. The area around the city of Furano boasts an abundance of lavender farms and the lush, redolent fields of fragrant lavender draw tourists from across the nation and beyond.

(image via: Antony Spencer)

Lavender has been cultivated for centuries in Europe and the sight of ancient castles and country houses poking above soft mauve fields of blooming lavender is not to be missed in one’s lifetime. The ethereal scene above, seemingly brought to life from a glorious Turner watercolor via the photographic magic of Antony Spencer, hails from Faulkland, Somerset, in the United Kingdom. Rule Britannia!

Green Green Grass

(images via: Repapllaw and Gear Diary)

Who could guess the timeless Eden at above top can be found in northern Pakistan? The image just below is probably much more familiar, being it’s the aptly named “Bliss” default background screen from Windows XP. The scene isn’t a computer-generated image, nor does it depict the scenery around Microsoft’s Redmond, WA headquarters. Instead, the now-iconic vista captures the rolling verdant vineyards southeast of Sonoma, California, as snapped by professional photographer Charles O’Rear in 1996.

(image via: Inner Expansion Blog)

What’s a field without flowers? Something special, that’s what, especially if the grassy expanse is observed in conjunction with our planet’s varied and contrasting backdrop of sun, sky and atmosphere. It’s soothing just to view the image; imagine what it would be like to actually be there?

Mellow Yellow

(images via: Quintin Lake BlogThe Chosunilbo and Vtgohokies)

Rapeseed is an oilseed sometimes known as Canola (for obvious reasons) that is grown around the world, often in huge plantations. The brilliant tint of the flowers, their quantity on each plant, and the vast size of the planted fields combine to produce stunning yellow vistas which can be positively blinding on bright sunny days.

(image via: Tour Lijiang)

Some of the world’s largest rapeseed plantations can be found inLuoping County, located in southwest China’s Yunnan Province. The sprawling fields of rapeseed lap around bare Karst limestone cones giving the appearance of an alien yellow sea surrounding barren rocky islands.

Orange You Glad?

(images via: German.China.orgRobert Miller and Masterfile)

Enjoy the fruits of Mother Nature’s labors with these fields of orange-colored flowers! From cultivated marigolds to wild African daisies to the wonderful variety of blooms that delight visitors to California’sCarlsbad Flower Fields, the rich hue of the setting sun can be enjoyed at any hour of the day.

(image via: Mike Baird)

There are few things more pleasing to the senses than a field of freshly blooming wildflowers, especially if they’re all of the same species and color. Such is the case in several spots along the California coastline, such as the idyllic meadow above. Located just off the Buchon Trail near the Canyon Diablo nuclear power plant, these colorful California Poppies give off a glow that’s all-natural!

Inside the Red Zone

(images via: Antony Spencer)

Both images above depict fields of poppies, both display locations in England, and both were discovered and captured by the lens of award-winning photographer Antony Spencer. Though it’s true poppies have their dark side, these strikingly beautiful images help bring balance to a much-maligned flower best seen in the light of a lovely English day.

(image via: Crazy-Frankenstein)

The dark side does have its own appeal, of course, and the poppy field above shimmering in the, ahem, twilight would certainly strike a chord in fans of a certain fantasy romance series. Only one question remains… does the scene above depict dawn, dusk, or some misty netherworld forever fixed upon the borders of day and night?

Pretty In Pink

(images via: 123RFSomewhere In The Middle and Pensieri Azzurri)

Taking cues from both the red and violet bands of the spectrum, pink reaches its full potential when expressed in the petals of flowers. Multiply the impact by several petals per flower and thousands of flowers per field and you’ve got wall to wall, sensory overload, maximum intensity pink and a close encounter of the bubble-gum kind.

(image via: ButterFunk)

A more subdued yet no less powerful exploration of pinkness can be found in Japan’s legendary Sakura cherry blossoms. Blooming en masse annually in a highly anticipated, widely reported national news event, the sight of a forest of Sakura trees festooned with gently snowing blossoms is a scene not to be missed.

White Out

(images via: Akusijebat and 123RF)

There’s something about a field of white flowers… the gentle beauty of the frosted petals contrasting with the rich organic green of the background foliage is something timeless and primordial. Perhaps it’s the lack of color that imbues white flowers with a certain restrained grace, or maybe we do that ourselves in order to fill a perceived lack that really isn’t there at all.

(image via: Wallpaper Million)

White as the snow-capped mountains and refreshing as an icy freshwater stream in early spring, a field of white flowers invites the bracing breeze while banishing heavy heat and humidity. From alpineEdelweiss scattered through Swiss meadows to gently nodding ranks of daisies growing wild and undisciplined amongst prairie grass and groundcover, white flowers take in the best of every color combination and bounce it right back at us. Do you dare to take them lightly? Go ahead… they wouldn’t have it any other way.

(image via: JLM Photo)

Fields of colorful flowers can shock and surprise those expecting only green grass, giving the impression of dream landscapes – if you dream in color, that is. Not that the power of millions of flowers can ever disappoint, of course, the only caveat may be the difficulty in choosing a color. Luckily there’s no limit, in time or of color: if you can’t select one, why not take them all?

World Food Programme - Fighting Hunger Worldwide

It’s a country the size of France with less than 60 miles of paved roads.

WFP is scaling up to reach some 2.7 million people across South Sudan with food aid this year as the country reels from poor harvests, high food prices and violent conflicts. Copyright: AFP/Bosire Bogonko

Hunger is on the rise across South Sudan as poor harvests, soaring prices and conflict push millions to the edge of survival. In response, WFP plans on feeding more than 2.7 million people there this year. WFP Country Director Chris Nikoi says that approaching rains, poor infrastructure and high levels of malnutrition make the emergency operation a race against time.

How many people in South Sudan are at risk of going hungry this year?

4.7 million South Sudanese will struggle to meet their food needs in 2012, which is about half the population of the entire country. One million of them are already severely food insecure and will need assistance to meet their food needs.

Operationally, what are some of the biggest challenges that you face in getting food assistance to the people who need it?

South Sudan is one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world. Once the rains begin, 60 percent of the country will become inaccessible because there aren’t enough roads. We are always racing against time to get food assistance to the right locations before the rains.

In addition, the border-closure between Sudan and South Sudan has meant that we’ve had to find new ways to bring food into the country. To get around the bottlenecks that form along shipping routes from Kenya, we’ve now opened a separate corridor to bring food in from Djibouti. We’re also sourcing food from countries like Tanzania

What are the main factors behind the current hunger crisis in South Sudan? 

The first factor is the failed harvest, caused by the late rains in October and November. The second is conflict, which forced 350,000 people from their homes this year. Conflict leads to displacement and displacement interferes with farming. Then, there is the border closure between Sudan and South Sudan. This has made the situation worse. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese are now returning home from Sudan [increasing the numbers of people needing food – ed]. 

What are the main reasons people have fled their homes this year?

The first is violence between neighbouring communities. At the end of 2011, there was a major conflict broke out that affected over 140,000 people. The second is the violence in South Kordofan and the Blue Nile region which has driven 100,000 Sudanese refugees across the border into South Sudan.

We know that WFP is now working to provide emergency food assistance in South Sudan. What are we doing to build longer term food security in the country?

The weather shocks will come, but the important thing is to build resilience. We’re working with communities to help them grow more food, improve storage facilities and improve their access to markets. In fact, we’re helping to build a whole network of feeder roads that will make it easier for farmers to get their produce to markets. Another important measure is providing children with proper nutrition to ensure their proper cognitive and physical development, because the future of South Sudan rests on them.

What is the key to insuring food security in South Sudan in the long term?

Only 4 percent of the arable land in South Sudan is currently cultivated. There is huge potential for agriculture. In order to reach that potential, however, communities need peace and stability so they can focus on their livelihoods. Providing food assistance to communities that need it is an important way of supporting that kind of stability. 

This picture was taken in South Sudan where nearly half of the population is at risk of going hungry. Getting food to them is tough. It’s a country the size of France with less than 60 miles of paved roads. So how are we doing it?

Here’s the man in charge of our operation to explain: http://bit.ly/AzGelV

stupid materialistic things!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why is it that we complain about not having things, stupid materialistic things, while much of the world needs the one thing necessary to sustain life.


Be thankful for them. Say Alhamdulilah