Monday, September 30, 2013

Insurance Policies

Genealogy tip for today: Genealogy from insurance policies



Now this is an interesting topic. “Whodathunk” you could get genealogy from insurance. But think about it. When you’ve taken out new insurance what are some of the questions they ask you? Exactly! And they did the same for your ancestors.  

However, to research genealogy using insurance policies takes a lot of patience and time to dig and dig to come up with anything worthwhile. Part of the problem is trying to find or maybe even guess what insurance company your ancestors may have had; then finding the headquarters and address of that institution. On top of that, there are name changes (example) and companies buying out companies so that you have to track the changes over time. This is not easy to do, but not impossible.

If you are one of the fortunate ones, you may find a name or date that you cannot find anywhere else. Maybe even that elusive maiden name. There are instances where it’s worth the time. Burned courthouse can really throw a blockade in your path, or just an out-and-out brick wall that you can’t seem to get around. So if you can track down an insurance policy it may provide you the information you can’t find anywhere else.

Genealogy Today  gives a list of some insurance companies that you can research. I suspect it is not a comprehensive list, but it will certainly give you a good start and might help you leap frog to other sites as well.

I discovered that the Denver Library has American Woodsmen Insurance ledger from 1901 to 1907. Also Genealogy and Family has an excellent article on using insurance records for genealogy research. 

To research this more, use the phrase “using insurance policies for genealogy”– this gave me the best results. Look beyond the first page of hits. It was the 2d and 3rd pages that gave me more pertinent information.




In regards to blog sites for genealogists I have found some new information: it is an odd website for Genealogist.  I have never seen this website before till I was researching for today’s blog. (I couldn’t even really figure out its name as they use initials, and I don’t know what they stand for.) They provide access to US Court Records, US Dept. of Justice – NSOPW, US Public Records and a DMV locator. It’s a very plain, all-business, website to a variety of government records. Add this to your list of websites for Genealogists:  It’s a good reference site. 

Regarding the Sanborn Maps, I have since come across a lot more regarding them. When you add the word Insurance to the title, i.e. Sanborn Insurance Maps, you get a lot more hits. Check this out Sanborn Insurance Maps  website for information I didn’t find before when we talked about these maps…


1399 Richard II is deposed.

1568 Eric XIV, king of Sweden, is deposed after showing signs of madness.
1630 John Billington, one of the original pilgrims who sailed to the New World on the Mayflower, becomes the first man executed in the English colonies. He is hanged for having shot another man during a quarrel
1703 The French, at Hochstadt in the War of the Spanish Succession, suffer only 1,000 casualties to the 11,000 of their opponents, the Austrians of Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I.
1791 Mozart's opera The Magic Flute is performed for the first time in Vienna
1846 The first anesthetized tooth extraction is performed by Dr. William Morton in Charleston, Massachusetts.
1864 Confederate troops fail to retake Fort Harrison from the Union forces during the siege of Petersburg.
1911 Italy declares war on Turkey over control of Tripoli.
1918 Bulgaria pulls out of World War I.
1927 Babe Ruth hits his 60th homerun of the season off Tom Zachary in Yankee Stadium, New York City.
1935 George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess opens at the Colonial Theatre in Boston.
1938 Under German threats of war, Britain, France, Germany and Italy sign an accord permitting Germany to take control of Sudetenland–a region of Czechoslovakia inhabited by a German-speaking minority.
1939 The French Army is called back into France from its invasion of Germany. The attack, code named Operation Saar, only penetrated five miles.
1943 The Women's Army Auxiliary Corps becomes the Women's Army Corps, a regular contingent of the U.S. Army with the same status as other army service corps.
1949 The Berlin Airlift is officially halted after 277,264 flights.
1950 U.N. forces cross the 38th parallel separating North and South Korea as they pursue the retreating North Korean Army.
1954 The first atomic-powered submarine, the Nautilus, is commissioned in Groton, Connecticut.
1954 NATO nations agree to arm and admit West Germany.
1955 Actor and teen idol James Dean is killed in a car crash while driving his Porsche on his way to enter it into a race in Salinas, California.
1960 Fifteen African nations are admitted to the United Nations.
1962 U.S. Marshals escort James H. Meredith into the University of Mississippi; two die in the mob violence that follows.
1965 President Lyndon Johnson signs legislation that establishes the National Foundation for the Arts and the Humanities.
1965 The 30 September Movement unsuccessfully attempts coup against Indonesian government; an anti-communist purge in the aftermath results in over 500,000 deaths.
1966 Bechuanaland ceases to be a British protectorate and becomes the independent Republic of Botswana.
1972 Pro baseball great Roberto Clemente hits his 3,000th—and final—hit of his career.
1975 The AH-64 Apache attack helicopter makes its first flight.
1994 Aldwych tube station (originally Strand Station) of the London Underground transit system closes after 88 years.
1999 Japan's second-worst nuclear accident occurs at a uranium processing facility in Tokai-mura, killing two technicians.
2009 Earthquakes in Sumatra kill more than 1,115 people.


1861 William Wrigley, Jr., founder of the Wrigley chewing gum empire and owner of the Chicago Cubs baseball team.

1863 Reinhard von Scheer, German admiral who commanded the German fleet at the Battle of Jutland.

1908 David Oistrakh, violinist.

1924 Truman Capote, author and playwright whose works include Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood.

1927 W.S. Mervin, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.

1928 Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, writer, best known for his first book Night about his own
experiences in concentration camps.

1935 Johnny Mathis, singer.

1941 Samuel F. Pickering Jr., unconventional professor of English at the University of Connecticut in Storrs who was the inspiration for the character of Mr. Keating in the movie Dead Poets Society.

1955 Andy Bechtolsheim, engineer; co-founder of Sun Microsystems.

1958 Marty Stuart, singer, songwriter, musician ("Hillbilly Rock"); joined the renowned Lester Flatt's Nashville Grass bluegrass group at age 14; at this writing he hosts The Marty Stuart Show on RFD-TV.

1974 Daniel Wu, Chinese-American actor, director, producer (City of Glass).




(pe-TAHRD, pi-)



1. A small bomb used to blast down a gate or wall.
2. A loud firecracker.



From French p├ęter (to break wind), from Latin peditum (a breaking wind), from pedere (to break wind). Ultimately from the Indo-European root pezd- (to break wind) which also gave us feisty, fart, and French pet (fart). Earliest documented use: 1566.



A petard was a bell-shaped bomb used to breach a door or a wall. Now that we have advanced to ICBMs, this low-tech word survives in the phrase "to hoist by one's own petard" meaning "to have one's scheme backfire". The idiom was popularized by Shakespeare in his play Hamlet. Hamlet, having turned the tables on those tasked with killing him, says:
    For 'tis the sport to have the engineer
    Hoist with his own petard



"Her attempt to rub salt in the wound had backfired. She had been well and truly hoist by her own petard."
Immodesty Blaize; Ambition; Ebury Press; 2010.

"Ned ... heard the petard exploding against the doors of the fort."
Dudley Pope; Corsair; House of Stratus; 1987.

Explore "petard" in the Visual Thesaurus.


Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself. -Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1928)



Today’s Recipe
Home Cooking



1 cup granulated sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
3 ripe bananas
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan.

Cream the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

In a small bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Mix in the milk and cinnamon. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Add the banana mixture to the creamed mixture and stir until combined. Add dry ingredients, mixing just until flour disappears.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove bread from pan, invert onto rack and cool completely before slicing.

Spread slices with honey or serve with ice cream.


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Friday, September 27, 2013

Scrapbooks and Genealogy

Genealogy tip for today: Scrapbooks and other Saved Ephemera 


 It’s interesting to me, to see how people combine 2 or more loves they have to create something new. Scrapbooking has seen a big surge in interest since the 90’s, even though some form of scrapbooking has been around for a long time. Scrapbooking and genealogy bring two loves together and result in some beautiful albums. 

There are two ways we could go with this topic – making your own family history scrapbook, or searching for Grandma’s scrapbook to see what goodies are hidden there! 

We have this book in our library.
For making your own there are a lot of products ‘out there’ that you can use to make a beautiful scrapbook for your grandchildren and descendants to come. Hobby stores offer albums, pages, embellishments and more to make beautiful albums. You can even upload your digital pictures to websites that will make/print out a book for you with professional bindings. 

You will need to scan in your pictures to a computer and put them in a digital format if you use the website versions. For creating your own album by hand, you should make copies of all your pictures and keep the originals stored away. If you want to make multiple albums, say one for each child, then you will need to make that many copies of each picture.

Large pictures – wall hanging size – can be tricky. You may want to take these to a professional to make copies (and possible reduce the size) of your original. If you want to preserve these for future generations this would be the way to go. It will be worth it in the long run.

Now, about Grandma’s scrapbooks… If you are fortunate enough to have albums that have been passed down through the family, these can be a treasure trove. You may or may not find pertinent information like names and important dates. But you probably will be able to find out what your family was interested in, (like houseplants), events that they attended (like a concert), and important things that happened in their lives, (like a graduation or wedding). All kinds of saved ephemera can add to that person’s life – a napkin from a special event, a poster or ticket from that concert, or a membership card to the Garden Club. All of these help us to round out who our people are and bring those people more to life.

Even if you never write that definitive book on your family, you will at least have that extra tidbit of information that brings an ancestor to life; make them more real than dates and places. I know I was excited when I found where my great-great- grandfather had bought a pound of nails. He was a carpenter, so this was evidence of day to day life for him in that occupation.



1540 The Society of Jesus, a religious order under Ignatius Loyola, is approved by the Pope.

1669 The island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea falls to the Ottoman Turks after a 21-year siege. 

1791 Jews in France are granted French citizenship.

1864 Confederate guerrilla Bloody Bill Anderson and his henchmen, including a teenage Jesse James, massacre 20 unarmed Union soldiers at Centralia, Missouri. The event becomes known as the Centralia Massacre.

1869 Wild Bill Hickok, sheriff of Hays City, Kan., shoots down Samuel Strawhim, a drunken teamster causing trouble.

1916 Constance of Greece declares war on Bulgaria.

1918 President Woodrow Wilson opens his fourth Liberty Loan campaign to support men and machines for World War I.

1920 Eight Chicago White Sox players are charged with fixing the 1919 World Series.

1939 Germany occupies Warsaw as Poland falls to Germany and the Soviet Union.

1942 Australian forces defeat the Japanese on New Guinea in the South Pacific.

1944 Thousands of British troops are killed as German forces rebuff their massive effort to capture the Arnhem Bridge across the Rhine River in Holland.

1950 U.S. Army and Marine troops liberate Seoul, South Korea.

1956 The U.S. Air Force Bell X-2, the world's fastest and highest-flying plane, crashes, killing the test pilot.

 1964 The Warren Commission, investigating the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, issues its report, stating its conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was the sole gunman.

1979 US Congress approves Department of Education as the 13th agency in the US Cabinet.

1983 Sukhumi massacre: Abkhaz separatist forces and their allies commit widespread atrocities against the civilian population in the USSR state of Georgia.

1996 The Taliban capture Afghanistan's capital city, Kabul.

2003 European Space Agency launches SMART-1 satellite to orbit the moon.

2007 NASA launches Dawn probe to explore and study the two larges objects of the asteroid belt, Vesta and Ceres.

2008 Shai Shigang becomes the first Chinese to walk in space; he was part of the Shenzhou 7 crew.

cartoon by Tom Nast


1722 Samuel Adams, American revolutionary patriot and statesman, helped to organize the Boston Tea Party.

1840 Alfred T. Mahan, navy admiral who wrote The Influence of Seapower on History and other books that encouraged world leaders to build larger navies.

1840 Thomas Nast, caricaturist, creator of the Democratic donkey and the Republican elephant.

1862 Louis Botha, commander-in-chief of the Boar Army against the British and first president of South Africa.

1898 Vincent Youmans, songwriter best known for musical scores such as No, No Nanette and Flying Down to Rio.

1917 Louis Auchincloss, novelist (Portrait in Brownstone, The Embezzler).

1924 Bud Powell, jazz pianist.

1927 Red Rodney, trumpeter.

1945 Stephanie Pogue, artist and art professor.

1947 Meat Loaf, singer, songwriter (Bat Out of Hell album trilogy), actor (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Fight Club).

1948 Robin "The Jackal" Jackson, Northern Ireland loyalist, commander of Ulster Volunteer Force (1975-1990s); allegedly responsible for a large number of deaths, perhaps more than 100.

1958 Shaun Cassidy, singer ("Da Doo Ron Ron"), actor, TV producer / creator, screenwriter (American Gothic).

1965 Peter MacKay, lawyer, politician; last leader of Progressive Conservative Party of Canada before it merged with the Canadian Alliance in 1953 to form the Conservative Party of Canada.



noun: The juxtaposition of words that have the same roots. Examples: sense and sensibility, a manly man, the texture of textile.
From Greek paregmenon, from paragein (to bring side by side). Earliest documented use: 1577.
"The Songs poets also used paregmenon for more than two words in succession ("Climbed those high hills,/ Ridged hills and higher heights").
William McNaughton; The Book of Songs; Twayne Publishers; 1971.
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. -Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)


Today’s Recipe
Home Cooking



2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons shortening

4 to 6 tablespoons cold water


1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon salt

8 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples (8 medium)

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

1. In medium bowl, mix 2 cups flour and 1 teaspoon salt. Cut in shortening, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions), until particles are size of small peas. Sprinkle with cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost cleans side of bowl (1 to 2 teaspoons more water can be added if necessary).

2. Gather pastry into a ball. Divide in half; shape into 2 flattened rounds on lightly floured surface. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate about 45 minutes or until dough is firm and cold, yet pliable. This allows the shortening to become slightly firm, which helps make the baked pastry more flaky. If refrigerated longer, let pastry soften slightly before rolling.

3. Heat oven to 425°F. With floured rolling pin, roll one pastry round into round 2 inches larger than upside-down 9-inch glass pie plate. Fold pastry into fourths; place in pie plate. Unfold and ease into plate, pressing firmly against bottom and side.

4. In large bowl, mix sugar, 1/4 cup flour, the cinnamon, nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Stir in apples until well mixed. Spoon into pastry-lined pie plate. Cut butter into small pieces; sprinkle over filling. Trim overhanging edge of pastry 1/2 inch from rim of plate.

5. Roll other round of pastry into 10-inch round. Fold into fourths and cut slits so steam can escape. Unfold top pastry over filling; trim overhanging edge 1 inch from rim of plate. Fold and roll top edge under lower edge, pressing on rim to seal; flute as desired. Cover edge with 2- to 3-inch strip of foil to prevent excessive browning.

6. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through slits in crust, removing foil for last 15 minutes of baking. Serve warm if desired.

Makes 8 servings





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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Medical Records

Genealogy tip for today: Medical Records





Researching medical records is a unique situation.  With the current HIPAA laws, you would think it was absolutely impossible to do so. However, there are ways to do so and the results may be surprising.  Now granted it will be next to impossible to get present day records, unless the person is dead and you are next of kin. In that respect – you probably already know what there is to find out. And besides that, most records aren’t kept indefinitely any more. After a set number of years they are destroyed.

However, there are some things you can find out, especially the further back you go. Family Tree magazine recently wrote an article on this subject.

Genealogical information will be limited, but even the medical information may be enlightening as well. Here is what Sharon DeBartolo Carmack had to say:

Find Ancestors' Hospital Records


By Sharon DeBartolo Carmack

Examine the genealogical clues hidden in old hospital records.

“Hospitals usually restrict access to patient records, allowing only the patient or, if the patient is deceased, the next of kin to obtain copies. And hospitals often keep their records for only a short period of time—as little as 10 years. But you may be able to obtain autopsy reports or admission records for genealogical purposes. If you have an ancestor's death certificate that shows an autopsy was performed, it's worth trying to get those records if you're interested in the gory details. It's doubtful, however, that the report will give you much genealogical information. The admission record, on the other hand, should give you at least the person's age and/or birth date.

“A few 19th-century hospital records are available in hospital and historical archives, and microfilmed copies may be available through the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City. When you check the library catalog at, go to Place Search and type in the city, town or county of interest. You'll get a subject category for medical records if any exist for that locality; click the link for detailed entries. For example, under New Orleans, La., you'd find:

  • Admission books, 1829-1899, Charity Hospital
  • City Physician's Office records, 1888
  • Hospital register and index, 1859-1899, Hotel Dieu Hospital
  • Hospital register, 1818-1835, 1867-1870, Charity Hospital
  • Hospitals' general register of patients, 1865, City Commissioner
  • Infirmary records, 1855-1934, Touro Infirmary
  • Insanity examinations, 1888, City Physician
  • Records of patients, 1874-1879, City Smallpox Hospital

“You could then borrow the microfilm of these records through your local Family History Center.

“If you're researching female ancestors, the records of Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital may be of particular interest. These records covering 1896 to 1933 document births, abortions and miscarriages for thousands of women who lived in the area, primarily immigrant women. Information varies from year to year. Earlier records give the woman's married name, her street address, the number of living children she had delivered ("para"), the number born at term, her ethnicity (many records were for Russian Jews, some for Irish Catholics, Polish Catholics and American Protestants), the person or agency that referred her ("thro former patient" or "thro Hull House," for example), her condition ("urgent, threatened abortion in 3rd month"), the case number and her admission date. Later records provide the same vital stats. They also list how many living children the woman delivered and how many were born at term, when she was expected to deliver ("confinement"), whether her labors were normal and whom she was attended by (the physician and student). The most recent records give information commonly found on birth certificates, such as the wife's maiden name, the husband's name, both parents' birthplaces and the baby's weight and name. The records are grouped by year and aren't indexed. But if you have a female immigrant ancestor who lived in Chicago between 1896 and 1933 near Northwestern Hospital, it may be worth your time to do a page-by-page search.

“Here is a typical entry from one of the more recent registers:

Mary Rudolph Salaterski
June 1, [1932]
1474 W. Huron 3rd floor
Polish Catholic
para iii 2 at term expects
confinement Aug. 29, 1932
labors [of previous delivery] normal:
2 (1 [birth by] midwife)
attended by Dr. Bradenman student Bruder 8-19-1932
Diagnosis: … male 9 [lbs.]
case or confinement #327
Mother's birthplace: Ill.
Age 25 Maiden name: Smolen
Father's birthplace: Poland Age 35
Baby's name: Rudolph Jr.

“Who knows? That record might be the only surviving clue to Mary's maiden name, Smolen.”

Interesting other websites that talk about the medical value for genealogy are:

These are just a few. If you are interested in pursuing this topic further, I used the keywords: medical records genealogy. Other combinations will bring you other results, as well.


1580 Sir Francis Drake returns to Plymouth, England, aboard the Golden Hind, after a 33-month
voyage to circumnavigate the globe.
1777 The British army launches a major offensive, capturing Philadelphia.
1786 France and Britain sign a trade agreement in London.
1820 The legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone dies quietly at the Defiance, Mo., home of his son Nathan, at age 85.
1826 The Persian cavalry is routed by the Russians at the Battle of Ganja in the Russian Caucasus.
1829 Scotland Yard, the official British criminal investigation organization, is formed.
1864 General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his men assault a Federal garrison near Pulaski, Tennessee.
1901 Leon Czolgosz, who murdered President William McKinley, is sentenced to death.
1913 The first boat is raised in the locks of the Panama Canal.
1914 The Federal Trade Commission is established to foster competition by preventing monopolies in business.
1918 German Ace Ernst Udet shoots down two Allied planes, bringing his total for the war up to 62.
1937 Bessie Smith, known as the 'Empress of the Blues,' dies in a car crash in Mississippi.
1940 During the London Blitz, the underground Cabinet War Room suffers a hit when a bomb explodes on the Clive Steps.
1941 The U.S. Army establishes the Military Police Corps.
1950 General Douglas MacArthur's American X Corps, fresh from the Inchon landing, links up with the U.S. Eighth Army after its breakout from the Pusan Perimeter.
1955 The New York Stock Exchange suffers a $44 million loss.
1960 Vice President Nixon and Senator John F. Kennedy participate in the first nationally televised debate between presidential candidates.
1961 Nineteen-year-old Bob Dylan makes his New York singing debut at Gerde's Folk City.
1967 Hanoi rejects a U.S. peace proposal.
1969 The Beatles last album, Abbey Road, is released.
1972 Richard M. Nixon meets with Emperor Hirohito in Anchorage, Alaska, the first-ever meeting of a U.S. President and a Japanese Monarch.
1977 Israel announces a cease-fire on Lebanese border.
1983 In the USSR Stanislav Petrov disobeys procedures and ignores electronic alarms indicating five incoming nuclear missiles, believing the US would launch more than five if it wanted to start a war. His decision prevented a retaliatory attack that would have begun a nuclear war between the superpowers.
1984 The UK agrees to transfer sovereignty of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China.
1997 Two earthquakes strike Italy, causing part of the Basilica of St. Francis to collapse, killing four people and destroying much of the cycle of frescoes depicting the saint's life.
2008 Yves Rossy, a Swiss pilot and inventor, is the first person to fly a jet-powered wing across the English Channel.

Anne and Jane Taylor
1783 Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman), American pioneer.
1783 Jane Taylor, children's writer best known as the author of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.
1887 Barnes Wallis, British aeronautical engineer who invented the "Bouncing Bombs" used to destroy German dams during World War II.
1888 T.S. Eliot, poet, critic, and dramatist whose work includes The Waste Land and Murder in the Cathedral.

1898 George Gershwin, composer who wrote many popular songs for musicals, along with his brother Ira.
1949 Jane Smiley, novelist (A Thousand Acres, Moo).
1953 Dolores Keane, Irish folk singer; founding member of band De Dannan.
1955 Carlene Carter, country-rock singer, songwriter, musician; daughter of June Carter,
stepdaughter of Johnny Cash ("Keep It Out of Sight," "Cool Reaction").
1969 David Slade, director (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night).

Word for the Day

lapsus linguae

(LAP-suhs LING-gwee, LAHP-soos LING-gwy)

noun: A slip of the tongue.

From Latin lapsus linguae (slip of the tongue). Earliest documented use: 1668.

Malapropisms and spoonerisms are two examples of lapsus linguae. And here is an example of a lapsus linguae which cost a game show contestant a potential one-million-dollar prize.
A lapsus calami is a slip of the pen.


"True, Bush mispronounced the name of Spain's Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, but not even that lapsus linguae could sour the mood in the first meeting between the two conservatives."
Bush's Gateway to Europe; Los Angeles Times; Jun 22, 2001.

Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm but the harm does not interest them. -T.S. Eliot, poet (1888-1965)


Today’s Recipe

Home Cooking



  • One 4- to 5-pound whole chicken
  • 1 large navel orange
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 medium sweet onion
  • 1 Tablespoon sweet Hungarian paprika
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Rinse and drain the chicken. Pat dry with paper towels. Run your fingers under the skin of the breast-meat and down the top of the legs to loosen the skin.

Remove the zest from the orange with a microplane. Set the orange flesh aside. Combine the orange zest, butter, and allspice into a compound butter. Use your fingers to push the peach butter evenly under the breast-skin and down the legs.

Slice half of the orange flesh and half of the sweet onion, placing the slices on the bottom of the crockpot. Coarsely chop the remaining halves of the orange and onion. Stuff these pieces into the cavity of the chicken and tie legs together.

Whisk together paprika, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle the spice mix evenly over the skin of the entire chicken. Place chicken, breast-side up, in the crockpot on top of the orange and onion slices. Cover and cook on Low for 4 to 6 hours.





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