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It can take little or no account of local or tribal differences or of mutual tribal influences, and thus substitutes for an historical construction a pseudo-historical one which may convince in the abstract but cannot easily be made to fit into an actual historical framework. The danger of the seriation method may be illustrated by an example. The Iroquois and Wyandot, as is well known, were organized into a number of exogamous clans bearing animal names, the members of each clan bearing individual names also characteristic of the clan.

The clans, moreover, were grouped into two exogamous phratries. Now the neighbouring Mississauga, an Ojibwa tribe, were also divided into exogamous clans bearing animal or plant names, each of the clans being again characterized by sets of individual names. So far as we know, however, the Mississauga clans were not grouped into phratries. The seriation method of reconstructing culture history, proceeding from the simple to the complex, might well interpret these facts to mean that the Mississauga type of social organization was the older and that the phratric complication of the Iroquoian organization was a later development.

Evidence derived from. It is probably at its best in the construction of culture sequences of the simple-to-complex type in the domain of the history of artifacts and industrial processes, particularly where the constructions are confined to a single tribe or to a geographically restricted area. I believe that a powerful method for the determination of the relative ages of cultural elements is the study of the associations that they form with one another, no matter whether these associations are of an organic logically intelligible or of a purely fortuitous character.

There are several points to consider here. It is perfectly evident that the various elements and complexes that go to make up the whole of a culture are never isolated phenomena but that they enter into all sorts of relations. Some are necessary or demonstrable consequences of others, some are only different forms of a single underlying idea, still others are only externally connected. The first principle of chronologic reconstruction to observe is that elements which are presupposed by other elements or complexes are necessarily earlier in age than the latter.

A very simple application of this principle is the determination of the relative ages of the art of dressing skins and the buffalo-skin tipi of the Plains Indians. This type of dwelling was already firmly. Hence we conclude that the technique of skin dressing common to many American tribes belongs to an older stratum of Plains culture than the buffalo-skin tipi. There are, of course, other methods of securing the rabbit than by means of the throwing-stick, e.

Nevertheless, the throwing-stick is so simple and characteristic an instrument for the purpose that I would hazard the thesis that it carries us back farther into the past than the woven rabbitskin blanket. This would receive strong confirmation if it could be shown that the technique was originally developed in the southern plateaus say among the Shoshonean tribes and gradually spread north and east.

Of this, however, there is no proof. One of the most characteristic and widespread Eskimo designs is the circle and dot, with which the concentric circle design is probably closely connected. It is clear that practically the only method which the Eskimo could employ to produce these designs is the drill. Hence the Eskimo circle and dot and concentric circle designs, old as they probably are, are younger than the drill itself. The Blackfoot medicine-bundle rituals always centre around a manitou experience, hence they are doubtless of much more recent age than the development of the typical American manitou experience itself.

The caution that must be borne in mind in the use of this principle of necessary presupposition is this, that a cultural element may be borrowed by a tribe without its chronological antecedent. Thus, the use of a cultivated variety of tobacco ac a. Or the chronological antecedent may be replaced in the borrowing tribe by an equivalent, so that the chronological sequence established does not hold for the entire area considered, but only for a part of it.

Thus, a decorative design which arises in one tribe as conditional to a certain technique may be freely adapted by the borrowing tribe to another technique. A second type of association of culture elements is similar to the first but differs in that the sequence determined is not a necessary one. I include here all cases in which one of the cultural elements forms the subject matter, as it were, of the other.

If this "subject matter" forms an integral part of the new formation, if it is not a secondary or accessory feature, it must be assumed to have preceded the latter in origin. We may then speak of an older element of culture as being "reflected" in a later element or complex. Thus, the self-torture characteristic of the Sun Dance of the Plains is evidently an old practice which has become specialized in a definite setting; it is probably considerably older than the Sun Dance complex itself.

Its age as an element of American culture seems further indicated by its occurrence in other connexions among the Kwakiutl and Nootka Indians, though independent origin for the two areas is not inconceivable. Excellent examples of the "reflection" of older elements in later forms are afforded by references to implements, customs, or beliefs in myths. The more frequent and stereotyped such a reference, the more reason, generally speaking, we have to assign the cultural element great age. Thus, the frequent references in Nootka family legends to whaling adventures is very good evidence of the antiquity of whaling among these Indians and show it to be older than a certain type of family legend itself.

Conversely, the persistent failure of certain ele-. The fact that the Nootka Ts'ayeq or doctoring ceremony is never mentioned in the legends is good reason, despite its importance in the religious life of the people, for believing that it was introduced among these Indians at a later period than, say, the Wolf ritual or whaling rituals; this is confirmed by the fact that the more northern Nootka tribes lack the Ts'ayeq.

Place names and individual names are also sometimes useful as gauges for the relative ages of culture elements. To use the Nootka Indians once more, the fact that so many more of their individual names refer to whaling and whaling feasts than, say, to Wolf Ritual dances or potlatching, would seem to indicate a greater age for the former than for the two latter. Similarly, one cannot but admit that agriculture must have been practised by the Hopi for a very great length of time indeed, for so large a proportion of their individual names to refer to corn culture.

In general, any well defined style or traditional mode of treatment is apt to embody an old culture element. A third method of utilizing the association of culture elements for chronological reconstruction is the relative degree of firmness or coherence with which they are attached to a complex. The firmer the association, the older the culture element; the looser the association, the more recent the culture element, at least in that particular connexion.

In this way the obviously composite nature of many culture complexes, such as myths and rituals, can, under favourable circumstances, be resolved into a time sequence; in other words, the genesis and development of a culture complex may, to a certain extent, be read out of its own structure. That, e. An instructive example is afforded by a comparison of the relative importance or constancy of different. The great majority of these have properly nothing to do with the essential nucleus of the whole ceremony.

Two of the dances are wolf dances and are probably the oldest of the set. A certain number of others, while not relating in any way to the wolf, are nevertheless typical dances of the whole ceremonial and are generally performed; these, while probably more recent than the wolf nucleus of the ritual, are no doubt of fairly considerable age. Finally, a large number of dances are so external in character to the ritual, that we must conclude them to be of late origin.

Among these dances is to be included the Cannibal dance, which, indeed, we know from other evidence to be a recent acquisition from the Kwakiutl. Another example of an accessory and, therefore, late element of culture is to be seen in the vegetable foods of the Southern Paiute.

Their main dependence for foods of this sort was on the large number of wild plant varieties roots, seeds, cacti, pine-nuts that they gathered and prepared in various ways. Nevertheless they were not entirely ignorant of agriculture even before the coming of the whites; they raised small patches of corn, beans, and sunflower seeds in a desultory way.

The accessory character of Southern Paiute agriculture stamps it as a borrowing of no great antiquity from the Pueblo tribes to the south. An interesting type of accessory features is the explanatory etiological elements of many American myths. These are in doubtless every or nearly every case of later origin than the plots of the myths. In comparing a culture element or complex of one tribe with the related element or complex of a neighbouring tribe, we are sometimes struck by the fact that, despite its possible importance and elaboration in both, it seems somehow to be more at home in one than in the other.

This is sometimes due to the fact that such a culture element or complex fit-5 better into one geographical or cultural environment than the other. Thus, the sociological fact that the grizzly bear as crest is more in evidence among the. We may safely conclude that the Haida grizzly bear crest is a borrowing from the mainland tribes. Conversely, the killerwhale, though one of the most important crests of the Tsimshian, does not occupy anything like the place in social organization and beliefs that it does among the Haida, among whom it is the chief crest of one of the two phratries.

Once more, it seems safe to conclude that the Tsimshian Indians borrowed the crest from the Haida and to connect the predominance of the killerwhale among the Haida with the fact that they are an island people, who would, therefore, be brought into closer contact with so characteristic a denizen of the deep as the killer than the mainland tribes. Similarly, the clumsy elm-bark canoe of the Iroquois seems less adapted to its cultural environment than the various types of birch-bark canoe of their Algonkian neighbours.

We may risk the guess that the Iroquois bark canoe [4] is an imperfect copy in elm-bark, a characteristically Iroquois material, of the superior Algonkian types, and connect this further with the general cultural consideration that the Iroquois were rather more inclined to be cross-country walkers than the neighbouring Algonkian tribes, who were more adept river and sea folk. The type of chronological reasoning based on the transfer of a style or technique suitable to one material, to a material more easily accessible in a neighbouring region, is too well known to need comment.

The argument from geographical or cultural fitness may open up wide vistas of historical interest. I shall refer to only one speculative problem of this type. One would imagine from the great importance of the thunderbird motive in West Coast culture, particularly in the southern part of the area, that the thunderstorm is a striking phenomenon in that part of the world. As a matter of fact, it is nothing of the kind. Only once in a great while, generally during the winter, one may hear a light rumble from the direction of the mountains.

May we conclude. In either case, we are impressed by the value of features of cultural maladjustment for inferences as to borrowing or tribal movement. A fifth method of studying culture associations for the purpose of reconstructing relative chronology is the noting, not, as in the preceding methods, of the character of the single associations, but of the frequency with which a particular culture element is associated with others. The more frequently an element is associated with others, the older, generally speaking, it will be felt to be. Our own feeling, for instance, that Christianity is an older historical development than, say, the locomotive, is not based altogether on the direct documentary evidence accessible to the inquirer, but, to a very considerable degree, on the far greater number of connexions worship, ethical ideal's, literature, plastic art, music, social prerogatives into which the former enters in the whole of our culture.

One feels that it takes considerable time for an element of culture to become so thoroughly ramified in the cultural whole as to meet us at every step.

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Such fundamental elements, as they are generally felt to be, are very frequently also the oldest, though not necessarily, of course, in all or even any of the forms in which they actually present themselves. A familiar example of such a fundamental, though not perhaps particularly striking, cultural trait is the. This emphasis is apparent in myth, ritual, and details of social organization, and is graphically expressed in sand paintings and otherwise.

As a basic idea in Pueblo culture its extreme age can hardly be doubted. Similarly, the use of four as a ceremonial number in many American cultures; the notion of hereditary privileges in the male or female line among the West Coast Indians; the manitou dream or vision nearly everywhere in America; the grouping into moieties found in so many tribes, are all basic ideas which doubtless go back to a remote period, whether in American culture as a whole or, at least, in certain areas. It is important to observe that a culture complex or element may take a prominent or even fundamental place in the life of a community and yet betray its relatively recent origin or introduction by its failure to enter into many associations with other elements or complexes.

From this point of view, for instance, the decorative art of the Utes, despite its exuberance of development, does not impress one as being of great age. The Peyote cult of several Plains tribes is another such culture complex which, by its failure to enter into many culture combinations, leads to the supposition that it has been only recently introduced, a conclusion that is in this case directly given by documentary evidence. The cumulative-association method, as we may call it, is surely destined to play an important part in historical constructions, as it has already, more or less tacitly, done in the past.

Mere elaboration of detail is not itself sufficient to establish the age of a culture complex, as experience shows that an elaborate technique or ritual may be borrowed in toto. Favourable circumstances, moreover, such as the influence of a powerful personality, may greatly accelerate such elaboration; witness the rapid growth of the Ghost Dance ceremonial in recent times. However, quite aside from the question of cumulative associations, the more elaborately developed of two culture complexes of a tribe may generally lay claim to the greater age.

A useful distinction may be made between true or inner elaboration of detail and a superficial quantitative elaboration which often accompanies mushroom growth. As an example of such pseudo-elaboration may be cited the great number of versions of the origin legend of the Cannibal Dance current among the different Kwakiutl clans and tribes. It would be a mistake to lay much stress on the existence of these various versions as a proof of the age of the ceremonial except from the point of view of geographical distribution, of which more anon , for they are evidently in large measure copied from one another.

For this reason, among others, the clan legends of the Kwakiutl, which appear to show more variation, are doubtless older as a class than the ritualistic origin legends. Considerable importance may often be attached to great specialization of form or technique as a sign of age, not so much of the specialized form as such as of the type of action or thought itself.

The specialized weaving product known as the Chilcat blanket, for instance, while not necessarily of great age in its present form, undoubtedly presupposes a long period of development from simpler origins. Even without having recourse to a comparison of the Chilcat blanket weaving with the weaving of neighbouring tribes e.

It is particularly in the comparison of the same culture complex in different tribes that the argument from degree of elaboration finds useful application. As a rule, the complex is oldest in the tribe in which it has received the greatest elaboration. Thus, the peculiar association of myth and song so characteristic of the Mohave, Yuma, and doubtless other Yuman tribes of the Colorado, is also found, if apparently in rather different form, among the Southern Paiute tribes to the east.

The elaboration, however, seems so much greater among the Yuman tribes that we may justly suspect the Paiute to have borrowed the idea of the sung myth restricted among the Paiute. Again, the more intensive agriculture of the Iroquois as compared with that of their Algonkian neighbours implies that the latter learned the art at a later date than the Iroquois.

The seventh and last method of chronological reconstruction that makes use of the association of culture elements and complexes is the method of survivals, which has been so plentifully, one might almost say abusively, employed by evolutionary ethnologists. By a survival, I do not mean an element which is wilfully, or according to some general theory, construed to be the remnant of some more elaborate complex that is believed on general principles to have disintegrated in the tribe under consideration, but merely an obscure or isolated belief, custom, myth-episode, or other culture element that seems rather out of its context, as though its full content had been lost and it no longer stood in thoroughly intelligible relation to the rest of the culture.

Survivals are particularly apt to be such customs or beliefs as are blindly accepted by the native without attempt at rationalization reinterpretation. Taboos of various sorts, for instance, often belong here. The nucleus of the Nootka puberty rite for girls, to take another example, consists of a number of rigidly prescribed ceremonial acts whose meaning is no longer understood by the Indians and which they do not attempt to explain.

This nucleus may be termed a survival complex and is undoubtedly older than the rest of the puberty ceremonial, much of which belongs to the rationalized stock in trade of the Indian. A survival may sometimes hark back to a practice of daily life superseded by a later one, as when, in a ceremonial, entry into the house must be made through the smoke-hole. Survivals, if we can only be sure we really have them, are of great historical interest, as they undoubtedly reach back far into the past.

Survivals may, however, be only apparent, so that great caution is needed in the utilization of them. An element of culture may be merely borrowed from another tribe in which its setting is perfectly plain; becoming detached. Or the element may appear as a survival merely because all the descriptive data required for its elucidation have not been recorded. So far the inferential evidence derived from ethnological data by the seriation and association methods has been gained from a consideration of the cultures, complexes, and elements themselves and in their mutual relations.

There remains a third method, in many ways the most powerful of all. This is the method of inference from the geographical distribution of cultures and culture elements. We may either take the distribution of a single element or complex, determine the mode and extent of such distribution, and attempt to interpret the geographical evidence in terms of a time sequence; or we may take a so-called culture area as a whole, see what elements of resemblance and difference it has with other areas, and thus aim to get a glimpse of remoter time sequences.

Needless to say, these two tasks are not clearly marked off from each other but, on the contrary, cross in various ways. Generally speaking, the geographical distribution of a culture-element is continuous. It may stop abruptly at a prominent geographical barrier, such as a mountain range or desert tract, or send out spurs along favourable lines of communication, such as navigable streams or easily traversed coast lines, but, on the whole, the area of distribution tends to be a compact land mass with a more or less clearly defined centre in which the culture element under consideration is most elaborately, or, better, most typically, developed.

Cases of culture distribution of this type are perfectly familiar to American ethnologists. Two or three examples may be given to fix the attention. The centre of distribution is probably to be assigned to the valley of Mexico. The quadrangular wooden house built up on a framework of corner posts and cross beams with the level of the floor generally lower than the surface of the ground, with inclined roof, often with circular entrance is a feature reaching from the Tlingit of southern Alaska south to the tribes of northwestern California.

The centre of distribution may perhaps be fixed in the coast region of southern British Columbia. The Sun Dance is an elaborate but quite clearly defined ritualistic complex that is found represented among all the typical Plains tribes, but is also shared by a number of adjoining tribes on the east e.

The centre of distribution would seem to be in the heart of the Plains area, say among the Arapaho and Cheyenne. In these and innumerable other cases the historical reasoning generally employed is easily understood. The cultural phenomenon whose distribution is studied must have originated but once in the area of distribution and have gained its present spread by a gradual process of borrowing from tribe to tribe.

In this process the borrowed element is progressively subjected to various associative influences, so that it appears in its least typical form at the periphery of the area, in its most typical or historically oldest form at the cultural centre. This ideally simple mode of interpretation is, of course, seriously disturbed by several important factors.

Thus, the spread of the culture element may, for environmental or resistant cultural reasons, be much more rapid in one direction than another, so that the culture centre is far removed from the actual geographical centre of distribution; the cultural centre may even conceivably lie at the periphery, especially if it happens to be near a powerful geographical barrier. Again, the historically eldest term of the culture element or complex may have undergone so much modification or elaboration at the centre as to appear in more typical.

Movements of population within the area of distribution, furthermore, may bring about an easily misinterpreted type of culture distribution. Yet, in spite of these and other criticisms that may be urged, any or all of which would have to be considered in specific problems, the general value and validity of the theory of culture diffusion as a solution of the problem raised by the continuous distribution of a culture trait must be granted.

For our purpose, that of chronological reconstruction, at least two important principles of method result. In the first place, allowing for such corrections as various cautions make necessary, the tribe at the cultural centre must be inferred to have first developed the culture element or complex studied, while those geographically removed from the centre were later affected by it, those at the periphery receiving the new type of thought or action last of all.

Thus, to use our former examples, the Carib and Arawak tribes of South America on the one hand and the Pueblo Indians on the other have probably become agriculturists at a considerably later date than the more advanced peoples of Mexico; such still predominantly but not exclusively agricultural tribes as the Mandan and Iroquois have no doubt taken up agriculture later than the Pueblos; while such outlying tribes as the Southern Paiute and various southern bands of Ojibwa have evidently become desultory agriculturists at a relatively recent time.

Again, the quadrangular house of the Hupa and Yurok of northwestern California undoubtedly represents a later period of diffusion, though not necessarily a later type of house, than the more elaborate structures of the Kwakiutl of British Columbia. And the Sun Dance has obviously come later to the Ponca on the one hand and the Ute on the other than to such typical Plains tribes as the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Kiowa. The second mode of chronological inference from the facts of diffusion refers to the relative ages of two culture traits. We may say, roughly speaking, that the larger the territory covered by a culture trait, the older the trait itself.

Thus, to return once more to our former examples, agriculture may be suspected to have developed earlier in America than the quadrangular type of wooden house, at least in its more massive form; while both features are certainly older than the Sun Dance complex. A host of other examples will occur to any one. The type of mythological plot known as the "magic flight," which is spread from Asia, through North America, down into South America, certainly possesses a hoarier antiquity than the incident of the diving for mud with which to fashion the earth, a motive which is found in an east and west zone of distribution from the Atlantic seaboard to California and the Columbia valley; the latter, in turn, is certainly an older product of myth invention than, say, the Loon Woman story, which is restricted to a number of tribes in California.

The hand game, played with two or four cylindrical bone objects, is distributed over a tremendous area west of the Rockies, reaching from British Columbia south to northern Mexico; it need hardly be insisted that its age is greater than that, for instance, of the special type of stick game played by the northern tribes of the West Coast area. Similarly, the type of geometric designs, executed in twined or coiled basketry, that is found distributed among a vast number of western tribes from the Tlingit and Chilcotin in the north to the Pima and beyond in the south must be an immensely older cultural development than the peculiar semi-realistic designs of certain West Coast tribes Kwakiutl, Bella Coola, Tsimshian, Haida, Tlingit.

Delimitation of Culture Concepts. This type of reasoning is often fascinating, it open-, up interesting historical vistas, but it also has its peculiar dangers. A difficulty that often arises is the strict definition or delimitation of the culture elements. Properly speaking, no such element originates at a specific point of time, but is imperceptibly connected, by a process of gradual change, with another element or with other elements lying back of it.

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Thus, a specific type of house or a religious belief or practice is linked historically with other types of house or of religious belief or practice from which it has been modified or by which it has been influenced. Eventually, it is bound to be historically connected with derived from a cultural form with which it has little outward resemblance. Hence the logical necessity of delimiting by a specific characteristic or characteristics the particular elements of culture whose relative ages it is determined to ascertain. Such a procedure may seem arbitrary at times, but it is made unavoidable by the futility of the quest for true origins.

The relative ages of culture complexes do not necessarily throw light on the ages of the elements themselves. Thus, it would be a great mistake to infer from the priority of American agriculture to the Sun Dance complex also a necessary priority of agriculture to such elements of the Sun Dance complex as the ceremonial mock battle, the Sun Dance type of offerings, or the practice of self-torture; nor does the probable priority of the quadrangular wooden house to the Sun Dance complex involve its priority to the type of house which served as model for the Sun Dance lodge.

The failure to distinguish between the age of a culture complex and that of one of its elements is largely responsible for much of the unhistorical character of cultural interpretation of the evolutionary type.

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Many a supposed "survival" is doubtless far older than the typical complex which. As speculative chronologists seeking to handle definite material, all we insist on is a clear-cut definition of the culture element and the assignment of a definite nucleus of associated traits to the culture complex. Rate of Diffusion. A second factor in the historical utilization of culture distributions is more difficult to control. This is the vast differences in rate of transmission that must be assumed for or, to a considerable extent, may be observed in the various types of culture traits. Thus, it is obvious that a humorous story travels faster than a religious ceremony, a device for trapping game than a system of relationship terms, a social dance than a system of property inheritance, the cultivation of a particular plant than the art of agriculture itself.

Hence we cannot directly compare areas of distribution without full allowance for the nature of the distributed traits themselves and, where possible, of the factors involved in the processes of distribution. In other words, such areas must be weighted as well as measured. This weighting presents a difficult but not altogether hopeless problem. The different methods of inferring and comparing rates of culture transmission form a large problem in themselves and cannot be fully outlined here. I would suggest, with all due reserve, that rate of culture transmission is due to three mutually independent factors or, better, types of factors: the relative ease or readiness with which a culture trait is communicated by one tribe to another, the readiness with which it is adopted by the borrowing tribe, and the external conditions which favour or militate against the adoption of the trait.

Where all three groups of factors are favourable towards the spread of the culture element, the rate of such spread is naturally at a maximum. Conditions of Culture Lending. One of the most important conditions making for readiness of transmission is that a culture. Thus, the spectacular part of a religious ceremony is much more readily borrowed by a neighbouring tribe than the esoteric elements known only to a few.

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Instead, I destroyed it. I never counterfeited again. This episode could be called a youthful indiscretion. And I have a hunch that most people have a similar story buried in their past, a story that prompts an act or two of atonement. Somewhere, Louis Dega is shaking his head and smiling like a Cheshire cat. Whether your tastes run to made-from-scratch pastries or diner food, the most important meal of the day is waiting for you at one of these Columbia establishments.

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The breakfast sandwiches are popular, as are the biscuits and sausage gravy. The menu also features oatmeal, omelets, a breakfast burrito and more. Although Hy-Vee is a chain, its breakfast scene is evidence that even as Columbia continues to grow, it still maintains its small-town charm. Fourth St. Whatever your view of the Broadway Diner, it is clearly a Columbia staple. Its signature dish is The Stretch — a pile of hash browns, scrambled eggs, chili, green peppers, onions and cheese. The line out the door on weekend mornings is a testament to its popularity.

No matter when you go, the scrambled eggs always taste the same. The pancakes maintain the same fluffiness. The hash browns are always fried the same. You can always count on buckets of gum and mints by the cash register, and pages of the Columbia Daily Tribune strewn across the counter before the place gets too busy. The spot has a large menu filled with popular breakfast fare bearing Columbiathemed names, such as the Hungry Tiger or the Mizzou Scramble. Featuring soak-up foods and savory fare, brunch combines the best of breakfast and lunch in delectable, oversized bites.

Treat yourself to our buffet of local brunch options in Columbia — you deserve it. Walnut St. The dish offers an array of house-made pork, apple and sage sausage; grilled tomato; baked beans; toasted bread; cider-cured Berkshire bacon; two eggs over easy; and herb-roasted crimini mushrooms. And did we mention … the bacon?

The buffet features a carving station showcasing cured ham, crave-worthy French toast casserole and hearty duck hash. Or if you love savory like me, we serve delicious carved meats and eggs. Broadway, , www. Providence Road, , www. Featuring a to-order omelet station, fried chicken, pancakes and more, The Heidelberg welcomes brunch lovers who are looking to indulge. To satisfy your sweet craving, try the Tiramisu French Toast featuring batter-dipped and grilled Vienna bread served with a rich tiramisu filling.

No sweet tooth? A variety of specialty appetizers starts any meal off right. Great customer service and familiar faces are a plus for those who like a certain ambience with their morning meal. But the truck stop — with its restaurant — has always been a well-known breakfast hangout for Columbians, especially for those who live on the western fringes of town.

The menu also features waffles, a breakfast burrito, omelets and more. The great thing about Midway is that it serves breakfast 24 hours a day, so you can indulge whenever you want. Breakfast is served all day, every day, and features such dishes as the Trucker Combo and the Farmboy Combo. On Saturdays and Sundays, Trumans offers an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. Mimosas and Bloody Marys are half-price on Saturdays. The second Wednesday of each month, March through November, Trumans puts on a free breakfast buffet for all active or retired military.

The spot has a fairly large dining room, and a big menu that includes egg sandwiches, pancakes and omelets. Biscuits-and-gravy fans will appreciate the homemade sausage gravy. The Upper Crust Elm St. Open at a. Uprise has been around since and in its current location since The bakery is known for its fresh food, including its breads and pastries. There are usually three bakers who come in at 10 p.

A pastry maker comes in between 3 a. The Upper Crust built its reputation with pastries. The good thing about The Upper Crust is it has two locations — the original at the Green Meadows location and the one downtown — so you can satisfy your Upper Crust cravings in more places than one. With offerings that range from strong and hot to cold and frothy, these shops offer the get-up-andgo we need to make it through the morning … or afternoon … or evening. A Chemex and a Hario V60 drip cone rest atop the counter alongside bags of Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso and other coffee paraphernalia.

The boys behind the bar are anything but pretentious, though. They crack jokes with the customers and sometimes even take a break to play a game of cards on the piano bench. Coffee Zone 11 N.

They all seem to point to the shelves of baklava in the pastry case and the roasted coffee beans along the bar. The infamous dark roast served at Coffee Zone is just one. For those with a bit of a sweet tooth, the Vietnamese coffee — a cold brew mixed with condensed milk — is another. Fretboard Coffee Inc. Natural light spills through and illuminates a coffee roaster that looks somewhat reminiscent of a miniature steam engine. The Kenya Kichwa Tembo, a very dark roast, doctored up with simple syrup and half-and-half from Ozark Mountain creamery, is a house favorite.

Vida Coffee Co. Coffee Co. Located in the center of the University of Missouri campus, Vida is a hub for students who need that caffeine jolt to start studying. A chalkboard wall framed in a tiger-stripe border is the focal point of the space. Lakota Coffee Co. The warm brick walls and worn log-framed chairs play host to myriad caffeine addicts — from college students and outdoor fanatics to professors and business people.

For a sweeter sip, the Dirty Chai — a chai latte with a shot of espresso — is a house favorite. Ronald McDonald Houses have been springing up near health care centers since Their purpose is to give families a place to rest and refresh so those family members can in turn provide the strength and support a sick child needs. The Ronald McDonald House in Columbia was established on the corner of Stadium Boulevard and Monk Drive in , and over the course of three decades served thousands of families who welcomed a comfortable place to stay, eat a warm meal and get a little space to breathe.

That breathing space was tight, though, and the need for a larger, ADA-compliant house was clear. The 19,squarefoot, bedroom, home-awayfrom-home more than doubles the capacity of the former house and within the first few weeks of opening, the facility had already hosted up to 15 families at one time. A playground area is a welcome diversion for children, as is a nearby community park.

According to legend, Ethiopians were the first to notice the effects of caffeine when they witnessed their goats eating coffee berries and becoming very lively. Impress With Espresso Wake up your dinner with an espresso and ancho chili-rubbed pork tenderloin. Every morning we wake up, our eyes still bleary and clinging to the last remnants of our slumber, and we shuffle to the coffee machine to prepare the first recipe for the day: a simple cup of coffee.

More than 2. For this recipe, we are definitely going outside the realm of desserts. I want to share a technique with you that will actually utilize a. This rub will also work very well on steaks, chicken and even tofu for vegetarians. You must allow ample time for the brine and the spice to take, so plan ahead. You may make extra rub, seal it tightly in a glass jar and store it for up to two months in your cabinet. The slightly acidic nature of the espresso will marry nicely with the sweetness of the chili pepper and brown sugar in this spice rub.

Once the meat has been seared, the outside of your roast will look very dark, almost burned. That is normal and what you want to see. Feel free to experiment with other coffee rubs. I have seen coffee rubs for sale online and in stores, many of them using various flavor combinations such as ginger-espresso and barbecue-coffee.

Learn more about Chef Clay and upcoming Culinary Adventures classes at www. Cool completely before using. Rub 2 tablespoons espresso ground coffee 2 tablespoons ancho chili powder 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon paprika Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container. Keeps for up to 2 months.

Tenderloin 3 pounds pork tenderloin Olive oil Remove excess fat and sinew from the tenderloin. Soak the tenderloin in the cooled brine for 4 hours. After brining, remove the tenderloin and pat dry with paper towels. Rub the meat with 2 tablespoons olive oil and then roll it in the spice rub; make sure you get an even coating on the loin. Let the loin rest at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking, which allows the flavors of the rub to penetrate the pork.

Preheat oven to degrees. In a cast-iron pan on high heat, add 2 more tablespoons olive oil and heat until it reaches near the smoke point. It is very important for the pan and the oil to be very hot before adding the pork.

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Carefully add the loin to the hot oil and sear on all sides until you get an even dark coating all around. Place the castiron pan with the loin into the preheated oven and bake until the meat reaches an internal temperature of degrees. Remove the pan from the oven and remove the loin from the pan, placing the loin on a cutting board to rest. Wait 10 minutes before slicing to let the juices recirculate. Serve with mashed sweet potatoes and caramelized Brussels sprouts.

He is a culinary arts instructor at the Columbia Area Career Center. These bivalve mollusks from brackish water can be caught wild in shallow waters or cultivated in bays. Oysters have been part of regional cultures for hundreds of years. In the late s, New York had oyster carts that were as prevalent as hot dog carts are today. Many cities with a strong oyster culture used oyster shells to pave streets and parking lots.

Some still do. Oysters are much more than gravel replacement, though; some types can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day, leaving the water cleaner than they found it. The flavor of oysters is directly related to the waters where they grow usually near a freshwater inlet, saltier than fresh but not as saline as the ocean.

The brine taste can range from extremely salty to almost sweet. They can differ wildly in size and taste, depending on where they are harvested. There are a few reasons for this. While the taste is amazing, the first experience with the texture can leave a negative impression. Many love the addition of lemon juice, hot sauce, horseradish or mignonette sauce to an oyster, but a true oyster lover needs no training wheels.

Most people just swallow the entire oyster whole. As they learn to love the texture, large raw oysters become more desirable. Serve on oysters as desired. If you want to eat fresh oysters, you need an oyster knife. It may look similar to a paring knife but there are several major differences. An oyster knife is not actually sharp; it comes to an edge but is rounded off or flat. You can still hurt yourself if used improperly, though. The knife is extremely rigid. Think of it as a crowbar. The end comes to a blunt tip and this allows you to break the hinge of the oyster.

I classify cooked separately from fried because frying should be a very short exposure time to the heat. Of the numerous ways to cook oysters, one factor remains constant: time. If you think meat needs to be watched carefully so it does not overcook, that problem is magnified for oysters — they will overcook much faster. As soon as you see any liquid seeping out of the oysters, they are ready to be removed from the heat. If you are adding oysters to a liquid, they should be the last ingredient added. An overcooked oyster, even in liquid, starts to shrivel and take on a rubbery texture.

Gently scrub the oysters with a clean brush under cool running water. Keep the cleaned oysters cool in the refrigerator or on crushed ice. Fold a thick towel in half or in quarters. Place an oyster on the middle of a towel with the hinge facing your dominant hand. With the other hand, curl the towel around your knuckles and push down from the top to secure the oyster.

Use the tip of the oyster knife to gently but firmly push it into the hinge of the oyster shell. When the hinge is broken, run the blade over the top shell and disconnect the oyster from the top shell. This shell can be discarded. Using the same motion, disconnect the oyster from the bottom shell, making sure not to lose any of the oyster liqueur.

Place the oyster on crushed ice and serve with desired accompaniments. Most fried things are awesome! There is just something delicious about a thin breading on an oyster that is tossed into degree fat. The fat and the breading heat up to a crisp shell, warming the oyster inside slightly while keeping its contrasting texture. Oysters can be breaded in many different ways — cornmeal and breadcrumbs are the most popular. Some chefs use a blend of cornstarch, cornmeal and flour for texture. The process is simple: Coat the shelled oysters in seasoned buttermilk, then dredge lightly coat in the breading and fry.

The oil should be about degrees and it should take only about a minute of frying until the outside is crisp and brown. Remove the oysters from the oil, place on a paper towel to drain, and serve with a wedge of lemon and dipping sauce, if desired. Season to taste with hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Worley St. We are just so blessed to have so many friends and loyal customers, and truly appreciate all of the relationships we have forged. I am quite proud of that distinction, along with the staff members who helped make it possible.

We also continued our growth trend last year, with the addition of two more stores: the Joe Machens Preowned Supercenter — at the old Toyota location on Bernadette Drive — along with the Joe Machens Nissan Pre-owned Center on Providence Road, just north of Interstate We now employ more than wonderful men and women and have 15 locations for vehicle sales. We always remember that all of this success is because of you. We are very appreciative of the charitable partnerships we formed in Thank you for helping us help others.

We look forward to continued community involvement in the coming year. As we roll into what will surely be another great year in mid-Missouri, I invite everyone to stop by for all of your vehicle needs — or just a good cup of coffee.