A Harte Appetite

Every Tuesday at 7:42 a.m. and 5:18 p.m., Tom Harte shares a few thoughts on food and shares recipes. 

A founder of “My Daddy’s Cheesecake,” a bakery/café in Cape Girardeau, a  food columnist for The Southeast Missourian, and a cookbook author, he also blends his passion for food with his passion for classical music in his daily program, The Caffe Concerto.

Local support for A Harte Appetite comes from Cyclewerx.

Wedding Cake

Jun 13, 2016

The most dangerous food in the world is wedding cake, maintains an old American proverb. During the month of June, lots of people choose to live dangerously.

Contributing to the anxiety of June brides and grooms, is the fact that these days nothing about planing a wedding is a piece of cake -- not even the cake! Today's couples might even find themselves asking whether they want a cake at all.

Brunch is a Culinary Hybrid

May 30, 2016

The word brunch is a portmanteau of breakfast and lunch, indicating a meal which combines elements of both.  The term first appeared in print in 1895 in an article whose author proposed its virtue thusly: “By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life brighter for Saturday-night carousers.”

But brunch is foremost a culinary hybrid rather than a linguistic one.  As William Grimes puts it, “It’s neither fish nor fowl nor good red herring, although all three can wind up on the same plate.”

The humorist Gerald Nachman contends, "When it comes to foreign food, the less authentic the better." Ironically, he probably doesn't realize just how many so-called "foreign" foods were invented right here in the United States.


May 16, 2016

“Beer is proof God loves us,” Ben Franklin supposedly said.  If so, God must have a special fondness for the people of the Czech Republic.  At least that was my conclusion when I visited Prague.  I went there to attend the annual Czech Beer Festival, the country’s answer to Munich’s Oktoberfest.  Once inside the main tent, which holds 10,000 people, you develop an appreciation for what beer means to the Czechs.  There are over 70 brands available.

The Chicken or the Egg

May 2, 2016

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? It's an age-old question but the Cambridge World History of Food, a massive work containing over two thousand pages and two million words, is not afraid to tackle it -- even if it does strattle the fence in its answer.

Acknowledging that from a biblical perspective chickens were created and thus must have existed prior to eggs, the book nonetheless points out that from an evolutionary perspective reptiles preceded the emergence of the first birds and thus eggs are millions of years older than chickens.