“Home Cookin” and Fannie Farmer born 1857 March 23

Gavin and Wyatt stay home with Fannie Farmer

Fannie Merritt Farmer was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on March 23, 1857. Recipes in 19th-century cookbooks relied on measurements like a “handful” of rice or a “goodly amount” of molasses —  on the assumption that women largely knew how to cook.

Fannie Merritt Farmer changed all that. Widely credited with inventing the modern recipe, Farmer was the first professional cook to insist that scientific methods and precise measurements — level teaspoons, cups and ounces — produce better food, and also the first to demonstrate that cooking classes could be mass-market entertainment.

She was the oldest of four daughters of J. Franklin Farmer, a master printer, and Mary Watson Merritt Farmer. Fannie’s parents had hopes of sending her to college, but after high school graduation she suffered a stroke that left her paralyzed. Fannie was powerless to get out of bed for months for years. She was eventually able to walk, but always retained a limp.

Farmer then registered in the Boston Cooking School, where her performance was outstanding. Farmer began to appreciate the association between eating and good health.

One of Farmer’s major contributions was training cooks to judiciously follow recipes. She received favorable newspaper coverage in many American cities, and her influence was extensive. She also wrote a popular cooking column, which ran for nearly ten years in the Woman’s Home Companion, magazine.

Farmer was a woman of unusual incentive, intellect, and bravery. Though she suffered another paralytic stroke later in her life, she continued lecturing. In fact, ten days before her death in 1915, she delivered a lecture from a wheelchair.


“Come On In My Kitchen” ~ Robert Johnson

“Spoonful” ~ Howlin’ Wolf

“Home Cookin’” ~ Jr. Walker & The Allstars

“Savory Truffle” ~ The Beatles

“Country Pie” ~ Bob Dylan

British Are Coming and House On Fire: James Madison, born 1751 March 16th

Gavin and Wyatt join Pres. James Madison in the unburied White House

JAMES MADISON NON-AIR PLAYLIST 3/16: A man of small stature, called the “Father of the Constitution”, President during the War of 1812 when the White House was set ablaze by the British army, and who initiated the Whig party, was born on this day 1751.

Non-Air Playlist: Consider the following…

His Name: “Madison Blues” ~ George Thorogood and the Destroyers

Small stature: “Little Lion Man” ~ Munford and Sons

Father of the Constitution: “Rocking Daddy” ~ Howling Wolf

The War of 1812: “Coming Back Again” ~ Kings of Leon

White House fire: “Burning Down the House” ~ Robert Plant

The British left: “I’m Leavin’ Now” ~ Johnny Cash / Merle Haggard

Political Party founder: “Give Me Back My Wig” ~ Luther Allison

Railroad Baron and/or Industrial Philanthropist: Leland Stanford, born 1824 March 9th

Gavin and Wyatt escort Leland Stanford as he leaves his brownstone home.

Leland Stanford (born March 9, 1824,) was either a “robber baron” or a “industrial philanthropist” depending on one’s view.   His efforts contributed to the first transcontinental railroad.  He held political positions as California governor (1862-1863) and senatorial office (188-1893) which assisted in his industrial endeavors.  He founded Stanford University in 1885.  Thus, he played an instrumental role in railroad development and educational endowment in California.


I am in favor of carrying out the Declaration of Independence to women as well as men. Women having to suffer the burdens of society and government should have their equal rights in it. They do not receive their rights in full proportion.

Laboring men can perform for themselves the office of becoming their own employers.

The rights of one sex, political and otherwise, are the same as those of the other sex, and this equality of rights ought to be fully recognized.

Government itself is founded upon the great doctrine of the consent of the governed, and has its cornerstone in the memorable principle that men are endowed with inalienable rights.

When money is controlled by a few it gives that few an undue power and control over labor and the resources of the country. Labor will have its best return when the laborer can control its disposal.