An Introduction to Coffee 1856

Coffee from the 1850s. Coffee, like tea, should be an infusion, not a decoction. This month I am dedicating each Monday to coffee, the rich, dark brew that invigorates and never inebriates. In reading about coffee in various cookery books, we find that the beans are always purchased fresh. There is a great deal of... Continue Reading →

Hot Chocolate Recipe 1905

Today's recipe once again comes from the New England Cook Book, by Marion Harland, Miss M. Parloa, Mrs. D.A. Lincoln, ad Thomas J. Murrey, 1905. This Chocolate recipe includes mention of Bensdorp's Chocolate, which, come to find out, has been around since 1840 - and is still around today! We're doing chocolate today instead of... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Frothed Cafe au Lait

Today's recipe comes from the New England Cook Book, by Marion Harland, Miss M. Parloa, Mrs. D.A. Lincoln, ad Thomas J. Murrey, 1905. This Frothed Cafe au Lait recipe uses whipped egg whites and powdered sugar. It seems almost decadent compared to our modern steemed milk today! Delicious.

Coffee Monday: Perfection 1912

Monday, Jan. 4th Dear Diary: - The holidays are officially over. Every Monday deserves coffee. To wit: Coffee Perfection recipe included below. "To have coffee in perfection it must be freshly roasted and freshly ground, as coffee very quickly loses its flavor. The coffee must not be boiled but only infused in boiling water." Take... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Camping ~1923

When you head toward the woods, good coffee must go along. Every camper knows that. Life in the open lacks zest without good coffee. Lots of other things may be left out of the duffel, for lightness; but good coffee always is included. Man alive, it's important!

Life on the Swing Shift

Maxwell House WWII Advertisement. Here's a fascinating advert from 1943. They target women factory works - neat - during WWII working on what looks like and airplane. Here's the copy: Happy Monday! And remember... When life needs a lift, it's coffee time! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Folding Napkins ~1872 Wanted: 500 Bakers ~1917... Continue Reading →

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