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Tex-Arcana: Where did Texas toast come from? | – Houston Chronicle

A miscalculation is credited with fostering the creation of “Texas Toast,” the oversized grilled bread slices that now regularly appear beside chicken fried steak and other delicacies served across the South.Legend has it that in 1941, Royce Hailey ordered several loaves of wide-sliced bread from the Rainbo Bakery to see if toasting it would tickle the taste buds of customers at the Pig Stand Restaurants he managed around Beaumont.

“But when they went to put in a toaster, it was too thick to fit,” recalled Hailey’s son, Richard Hailey of San Antonio. “They didn’t want to waste the bread so my dad and one of the cooks suggested, ‘Why don’t we butter it and cook it on the grill?’ “

What was a yule log? – What’s in a Name?

By Chelsie Vandaveer, December 27, 2002

The Teutonic peoples inhabited the northern climes surrounding the Baltic and North Seas. In Anglo-Saxon, the month of December was called se ærra geóla; January was se æftera geóla. Geól, gehhol, and gehhel refer to that day when the sun shone weakest and lowest in the sky, the winter-solstice. Related to the Anglo-Saxon geól and probably derived from, were the Icelandic jöl, Danish and German jul, and Gothic jiuleis. Linguistic conjecture links geól with hweól ‘wheel’ and the ‘wheeling’ or turning of the sun.
When the Anglo-Saxons settled in Britain, they introduced Teutonic customs—winter-solstice became known as yol or yole and eventually yule in English.

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