The Joys of Horseradish

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I just discovered that horseradish has its own International Horseradish Festival in Illinois. Yum. Who’s with me?

John “Keats’ letters preserve his contributions to literary history, but they also contain a surprising moment in culinary history: one of the first mentions of a roast beef sandwich in print. On a walking tour of the U.K. in 1818, Keats worked up such a hunger that he fantasized about food. “[I] long for some famous Beauty to get down from her Palfry … and give me—a dozen or two capital roast-beef Sandwiches,” he wrote—perhaps the only Romantic poet to privilege lunch over lust. While the first appearance of sandwiches in print dates back to 1762, they were often made with ham; it wasn’t until the middle of the 19th century that roast beef sandwiches were popular enough to be referenced by cookbooks. By the turn of the century, the dish had firmly established its place in the lunchtime pantheon; Keats’ fantasy meal was well ahead of its time.” Paperandsalt. “John Keats: Roast Beef Sandwiches with Horseradish Dressing.” 31 Mar. 2015 Web. 9 Oct. 2015

Note: mixing horseradish with Greek yogurt is healthier than mixing it with mayonnaise or sour cream. You’re welcome.