Jasper White and friends: Who do we thank for multitudes of marshmallows?

Last month’s Funny Names in Food post was all about staying warm, serving up steamy mugs of hot chocolate. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, you’re probably still shivering, so I’d like to offer up more cold-weather foods. Lasagna, soup of course, marshmallows for topping the hot chocolate, …



*ring ring! ring ring!*

Wha’? My phone is ringing. Oh, this is embarrassing. I must not have turned off the ringer. Sorry! Looks like it’s my boss (BoFN co-founder Dave), so I’d better take this. Excuse me.

Liz: Hello?

Dave: Hey, Liz! Listening in on your FNiFood post and it’s good stuff. Really. But before you get too carried away with the food angle (they can always get that from your food for fun posts), I just want to remind you that you really need to play up the funny names here. It’s what we’re known for, what we’re about. So for sure keep the food, but don’t forget the funny names. ‘K?

Liz: *blushing and a bit sheepish* Oh, right. Thanks for the remind. I do tend to get carried away when it comes to food and drink, don’t I? Funny names, got it. I’ll do what I can to make you proud.

Dave: You’ll do fine, Liz. Keep up the good work! Will let you get back. Toodles!

Liz: ‘Bye, Dave!

*shuts phone off, clears throat*

Ok, then. That was the boss man with a bit of direction for me. We’ll still talk about soup, etc, but wondering if I can have some fun with it. Dave’s a brainy kind of guy and loves a good word game. What if we turned this post into a game? What if I offered a list of (funny, of course) names along with a list of warming winter foods? You match the name to the food. Willing to give it a go?

If you’re in (and I hope you are), go ahead and assign each name to a food. Answers at the bottom. Good luck and be brilliant!

A) Alex Doumak

B) Jasper White

C) J. C. Clopper

D) Maria Borogno

E) Ali Ahmed Aslam

F) John T. Dorrance

1) Some claim that this Pakistani chef invented chicken tikka masala by improvising a sauce made from yogurt, cream, and spices.

2) The first American known to have written about San Antonio’s chili carne, way back in 1926.

3) Wrote 50 Chowders, a cookbook which noted that the first and oldest-known printed fish chowder recipe appeared in the Boston Evening Post in 1751.

soup!4) This Campbell Soup Company chemist invented condensed soup in 1897. (Fun food fact: Americans consume approximately 2.5 billion bowls of this person’s tomato, cream of mushroom, and chicken noodle soups each year.)

someone had to invent this Italian classic

someone had to invent this Italian classic

5) When looking for ways to speed marshmallow production (a noble goal if there ever was one), this inventor discovered a method to extrude batters and dough. His extrusion process revolutionized marshmallow making, paving the way for mass marshmallows.

6) An Italian living in the 1300s, credited with inventing lasagna.

Thanks for playing and see you next month 🙂

Seal_LLC (2)Answers: A-5; B-3; C-2; D-6; E-1; F-4


About Liz

Owner of deLizious Food Communications. Projects include recipe development, editing, and formatting; food writing and editing; nutrition analysis; public speaking and cooking instruction. Past and present clients: General Mills, Green Giant Fresh, Hormel, Minnesota Beef Council, Minnesota Soybean, Minnesota Pork Producers, Norwood Promotional Products, Pillsbury, Tad Ware, and Weight Watchers Publishing. Mother of two young girls.
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25 Responses to Jasper White and friends: Who do we thank for multitudes of marshmallows?

  1. wdydfae says:

    . . . part Julia Child, part kooky sit com, part game show, Liz sets this multi-genre mix on simmer then serves up a fabulously fun food fantasia . . .

    . . . when the BoFN King makes a cameo, things start to go wild, wooly and whacky in Liz’s latest culinary escapade . . .

    . . . if only Amb could read this, she’d do a funny face, blow in her straw and make bubbles in her banana daiquiri . . .

    . . . I put John T. Dorrance for chicken masala and Jasper White for lasagna . . . what did you put? . . .

  2. Kaela Moore says:

    God bless John T. Dorrance. His tomato soup has warmed many a snowy day. And Alex Doumak is patron saint of s’mores, right?

    Love it, Liz!

    • Liz says:

      Thanks for coming over, Kaela! Love that s’mores have a patron saint 🙂 We should make a statue of him, but it would be made out of marshmallows and chocolate bars (sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs) and I would eat it, so maybe wouldn’t do much good. Though if I called you over and gave you a spoon, too, at least we could share in our “worship.”

  3. Quizzes, I love quizzes! What a fun post Liz! Clearly I don’t know my food history as I could only correctly guess on two. . .Way to brighten a cold winter with a marshmallow world. 😉

    • Liz says:

      Figured you might be in on this one, Tracy. Thanks for participating! Only way to get any of this would be to 1) google or 2) guess based on ethnicity of the names. And of course you win just for playing 😀

  4. Arto says:

    So much good info here. Including the fact that Dave ends his phone calls with “toodles”.

    Fun quiz! I hope we get a post about J.C Clopper in the future!

    • Liz says:

      He seems a “toodles” guy. Are you saying he doesn’t normally end his phone conversations this way? Mr. Clopper is your man, then? Duly noted. Thanks, Mr. Arto!

    • Dave says:

      Haha, it’s probably better than “OK cool, awesome, alright, well sounds good man. [Chuckle], alright, talk to you soon. Bye. [small chuckle]” Which is probably how I usually end calls with friends 🙂 Perhaps an authoritative “Toodles” would be a good way to do it 🙂

  5. ksbeth says:

    i had it all wrong, and what i wouldn’t give to date someone named ‘j.c. clopper!’

    • Liz says:

      Beth K Clopper? Definitely has a ring to it. You posted a very specific “looking for a partner” ad once (NOT YOURS–disclaimer alert–YOU DID NOT WRITE THE AD), so why not write your own listing qualifications that include a last name of Clopper and first and middle initials J.C.? Should narrow it down a bit. Thanks for coming over, Beth 🙂

  6. ksbeth says:

    if clopper’s middle name was ‘hod’, i would marry him in a second.

  7. Dave says:

    Marshmallow extrusion is one of the best phrases I’ve encountered in a long time. As for the names, I think I was only 2 for 6 as well, but I’m glad I’ve learned some new things!

  8. Dave says:

    I’m really fascinated as to why JC Clopper is the runaway favorite here. I think a lot of it is because Clopper is such a fun name to say, but perhaps we have the makings of a new funny names theory…

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  10. amb says:

    Holy bananas, I’m a whole month late to the party. Liz!! Forgive me!!! This actually turned out to be a good strategy, because then I got to have the fun of reading all these comments. The sign of a great party – everyone’s chatting! And there’s tons of food!! What else do you need? I love it. You are the hostess with the most-ess, my friend 🙂

    • Liz says:

      aw shuck, thanks amb. You didn’t have to come all the way over here to check this out you know… (ha) But glad that you did. Yes, some chatting amongst ourselves imagine that. Though you just missed Beth up there–she left with some guy named Clopper 😉

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