Today is a holiday and we're off, enjoying the warm weather while it lasts.
We're also taking the opportunity to reflect on the great diversity and bounty of New World foods. There were no chili peppers in India before traders brought them from the New World, no potatoes in Ireland and no corn or squash anywhere but here. Since then we've done some interesting things with our oddly distributed irrigated agriculture and our mass-produced food products, resulting in a globalized food system that all started with Christopher Columbus and his fellow explorers.
Here's a menu to celebrate the New World and our wonderful, infuriating, paradoxical, and bountiful culture of food...
(Image credit: The Three Sisters - the Iroquois trinity of corn, beans, and squash. At Carnegie Museum of Natural History)