Entries by Ariel Demas

Celebrating Spring

Dandelion Seeds Honoring the Rebirth of Plants & Animals By Antonia Demas, PhD Spring is the season when the earth warms up and comes alive again after the cold of winter when few plants grow.  In the Northern Hemisphere spring begins on the vernal (or spring) equinox on or around March 20 – 23. In […]

Celebrating Earth Day

Mixed moss + reindeer moss (lichen) circle garden created by Antonia Demas Planting a Garden Honoring the Vital Legacy of Plants on Earth By Antonia Demas, Ph.D. “It’s exciting to think that without the evolution of the humble moss, none of us would be here today” [1] Tim Lenton, University of Exeter, UK Scientists believe that […]

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Ellen Swallow Richards By Antonia Demas, Ph.D. © “Schools should not teach how to make a living before they teach how to live.”— Ellen Richards Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards, founder of the home economics and environmental education movements, was born in Dunstable, Massachusetts in 1842. Richards applied scientific principles […]

Celebrating Black History Month

By Antonia Demas, Ph.D. Soul food is the cuisine that was developed by African Americans, most of whom first came to the United States enslaved. It integrated a people’s culinary memories from the African countries of their heritage with the foods of the American Indians and American South. This specialized cookery was first developed by […]

Celebrating the New Year with Hoppin’ John, a Southern American Tradition

By Antonia Demas For over 4,000 years, the ancient world developed calendars related to agricultural or celestial events such as the flooding of the Nile in Egypt or the vernal equinox in Rome. It was not until Julius Caesar got his mathematicians and astronomers in 46 BC[1] to figure out a calendar that would not […]

How to Make a Gingerbread House

This post includes three parts: the history of gingerbread, how-to video, and recipes (at the bottom) Culinary Traditions Honoring Recipes from the Past and Creating New Traditions for the Future Building a Home out of Gingerbread – A How-To Guide By Antonia Demas This video and post demonstrate an efficient and enjoyable way to make […]

Food is Good to Think Blog

Welcome to the “Food is Good to Think” blog! The title of the blog is a quote from the French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss. This quote is the framework for the Food is Elementary curriculum and the work of the Food Studies Institute. We love this quote because food is fascinating to think about as it […]