Quote of the Week: Keeping Quiet

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. —Mark Twain

Gleanings From Western Prairies

Willie Woodhouse is a well-traveled Englishman who has journeyed all the way to Kansas to taste the frontier life of a ranching friend near the Osage Catholic Mission in the southeastern corner of the new state. Although resolved to give the experience an honest try, he is still somewhat taken aback at the unaccustomed roughness…

Onion

Onions are absolutely indispensable to cooking. They add character to everything from pasta to pizza, and they can contribute a nice flavor to cooked vegetables such as green beans, too. Red onions taste great on salads. For the ultimate onion-eating experience, however, chop or slice an onion and use it to top a hamburger. Add…

Once in a Blue Moon

“Once in a blue moon” is one of those phrases that just roll off of our tongues without much prior analysis from our brains.  Somewhere in the back of our consciousness is the knowledge that the phrase means “every once in a great while.”  But where did this saying come from? It just so happens…

Historical Atlas of Kansas

If you like maps and you love Kansas history, have we found the book for you! The Historical Atlas of Kansas by Homer E. Socolofsky and Huber Self contains over 70 maps presenting different aspects of life in Kansas, past and present. Maps include: Landforms. Precipitation. Native flora. Spanish and French claims. Early Indian tribes. Forts…

Lettuce

There is nothing like fresh, homegrown lettuce to make a great salad.  If you pick leaf by leaf instead of a head at a time, you may even be able to enjoy a salad a day when the weather is right!  Top the salad with a new dressing each time for variety.  Throw in some…

The Seal of Kansas

When Kansas was accepted into the Union, the state constitution declared that a seal would be necessary. Governor Charles Robinson brought this requirement to public attention on March 30, 1861. Committees in both the State House and the State Senate were appointed to draw up a design. But for several months, nothing could be decided….