The Coffee Executive ~1923

Coffee is the greatest drink in the world for business men. I drink it in the morning, of course, and again at four o'clock. Great idea! I do more work now from four to five than I used to do all afternoon.

Lemonade ~1911

Delicious Homemade Lemonade. What irony is it that winter brings us fresh citrus best intended for the refreshing beverages of warmer days? The local lemon trees are peeking with their golden offerings, compelling us to roll up our sleeves and don the apron. This simple lemonade recipe makes just over two quarts, more than enough... Continue Reading →

A Concise History of Home Distillery

What Is Distillation? Distillation is a process of purifying liquids through controlled boiling and condensation. A liquid is converted into a gas/vapour through heat, and then recondensed through cooling to return the vapor to a liquid form. Distillation was used to make fragrances, medicinal cordials, and liquors.

How to Drink Milk ~1897

1890s Directions for Drinking Milk. Happy National Milk Day! Do not swallow milk fast and in such big gulps. Sip it slowly. Take four minutes at least to finish a glassful, and do not take more than a good teaspoonful at one sip. When milk goes into your stomach it is instantly curdled. If you... Continue Reading →

On Beverages ~1861

General Observations on Victorian Drinks. Beverages are innumerable in their variety... and may be divided into three classes. We will, however, forthwith treat on the most popular of our beverages beginning with the one which makes "the cup that cheers but not inebriates." Any recipe requests from the list? From Mrs. Beeton's recipe collection c. 1861.... Continue Reading →

Mrs. Beeton’s Simple Coffee ~1861

A Very Simple Method of Making Coffee. Coffee Preparation in the 1860s All I have to say is: Thank goodness for paper filters! Which leads us to some very interesting trivia. The paper coffee filter was invented by a woman, Melitta Bentz, in 1908. No surprise that a woman would have invented the paper filter.... Continue Reading →

Mrs. Beeton Cocoa Recipe ~1861

How To Make Cocoa. Who doesn't love a mug of hot cocoa in mid-winter? This particular recipe, I believe, is missing a key ingredient: sugar. I was out of instant hot chocolate the other weekend and was scouring the cupboard for a special breakfast treat for the kids. The Hershey's powdered baking cocoa has a... Continue Reading →

Ginger Wine Recipe ~1770

How to Make Ginger Wine. Ginger wine is traditionally made from ginger and raisins and first appeared in Britain in the 1740s. The wine can be fortified with brandy or cognac, or even diluted with lemonade. An interesting historical note: There was a widely held belief at the time that ginger wine helped prevent cholera,... Continue Reading →

Pineapple Beer ~1875

Easy Pineapple Beer Recipe. Ever wonder what you can do with the inedible parts of the pineapple? Time for a fizzy drink! This recipe was originally posted a few months back, and I finally had some pineapple remnants to give it a try. The result is a refreshing, lightly-sweetened, non-alcoholic beverage. Mexicans have a similar... Continue Reading →

Hot Wine 1912

Warm Wine Recipe with Lemon and Cinnamon. Red or white? Either works! Classic mulled wine recipe to warm you inside and out through those long, frigid nights with just a few simple ingredients: Wine Brown sugar Cinnamon Orange/lemon rind Cheers! Source: Simple Italian Cookery, 1912 More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Soup for the Poor... Continue Reading →

Cornucopia ~2018

Homemade Gifts of Bounty. Quiet day on the homefront today. Spontaneous day off from the CinC allowed me to spend the morning at the DMV and then work on some stuff here and think about the holiday season coming up. I enjoy gifting presents of food and beverage. It's the physical embodiment of nurturing through... Continue Reading →

Holiday Beverages ~1902

Wassail. Champagne Cup. Mulled Wine. Ale Flip. Metheglin. We just don't get recipes like this anymore in our daily newspaper. Sign of the times...Compliments of the New York Daily Tribune, 1902. Enjoy! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks White House Christmas Dinner ~1889 Maryland Egg-Nogg ~1889 A Christmas Party ~1866

Apple Cyder ~1744

To Make Cyder. Apple cider is relatively simple to make. This recipe from 1744 is actually spot-on in terms of process. I started the batch above this past week (had to make room for the turkey!) and you'll note my bag is similar to the 'fine hair bag' mentioned. Also note the use of brimstone... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday Yuban WWI ~1917

WWI Yuban Coffee Advertisement. To all who celebrate Armistice Day or Veterans Day. "There is no shortage of coffee. You may drink as much as you are accustomed to - You will not deprive the soldiers or the women and children abroad of their share." Great find! Happy Monday! More Fun Discoveries American Domestic Cookery... Continue Reading →

Keeping Cider Sweet ~1875

Preserving Cider. Are we all busy making cider, yet? We have two tubs of apples waiting to be processes - will get to it soon. I was hoping to find a cider recipe, but only found two for preservation. Very surprised at the mustard seed in the first. And for the second, let's just say... Continue Reading →

Yuban Business Man 1914

Coffee Monday. Yuban Advertisement. Happy Monday! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Coffee Monday: Malt Coffee 1905 Common Sense Papers on Cookery Overview L’Eau de la Vie Recipe 1837

Coffee Monday Yuban Pleasure ~1919

Yuban Advertisement 1919. Has your morning coffee such heart-warming richness of flavor that each day it gives you new cheer, each day a fresh sense of the pleasantness of living? Happy Monday! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Fun Antique Cookbook Titles Domestic Economy and Bliss in 1877 Potato Omelet ~ 1900

Coffee Monday Yuban and Exercise ~1917

Yuban Coffee Advertisement. After exercise, you breath in its steaming fragrance and slowly sip its delicious flavor, at peace with the world... Happy Monday! More Fun Discoveries American Domestic Cookery ~1819 Coffee Monday: Washington’s Coffee British Wine Maker and Domestic Brewer Review ~1835  

Pineapple Beer ~1875

Easy Pineapple Beer Recipe. Not a big beer fan because, as a rule, it's not gluten free. This recipe seems easy enough. It would hardly be alcoholic if you use it within 24 hours. Maybe that's what makes it a beer instead of a sparkling wine. What I love is that the recipe uses the... Continue Reading →

Grape Harvest ~2018

Harvesting Merlot Grapes. No Gym Membership Needed. Harvesting and processing 200 lbs. of grapes is brutal work. Yesterday started at 6:00 am out in what can only be described as an idyllic vineyard setting. Fog gently receding over the rolling hills covered with oaks the occasional cow. The CA wine grape harvest season is in... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday Yuban ~1920

Yuban Coffee Advertisement. "No matter how tolerant a man may be of his food, he is always critical of the quality of his coffee." Yuban is the unfailing coffee. Happy Monday! More Fun Discoveries L’Eau de la Vie Recipe 1837 Coffee Monday: Washington’s Coffee British Wine Maker and Domestic Brewer Review ~1835  

Orange Wine ~1837

1800s Orange Wine Recipe. This post is 9 months in the making! Just bottled my first orange wine. To each gallon of water add: 2 Lbs. white sugar (4 cups) 1 Lb. raisins Juice and peel of 1 Seville orange Other Ingredients: 1 Package white wine yeast (Montrachet) Re-hydrate the raisins by letting them soak... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Edison Electric ~1920

Here Is Your Coffee, Jim. "Thanks, dear; you certainly do make delicious coffee, and I do like it served piping hot, with plenty of cream."   ... Don't the let the fact that you have plenty of servants deprive you of chummy breakfasts. Here's to a chummy Monday! Enjoy! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Thousand... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Green Bag ~1919

Green Bag Coffee Advertisement. Happy Monday! "The coffee they talk about..." More Fun Discoveries L’Eau de la Vie Recipe 1837 Coffee Monday: Washington’s Coffee British Wine Maker and Domestic Brewer Review ~1835  

Hysterical Water~1805

Hysterical Water Recipe. An entertaining find! Anyone heard of hysterical water? This is a new one for me. Ingredients include, but are not limited to: roots of lovage, mistletoe of the oak, and a quarter pound of dried millipedes. Umm... okay. European mistletoe was toxic. And so is the cyanide in millipedes (alive - I'm... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday ~1914

Yuban Advertisement 1914 Happy Monday! An entirely new idea of how good coffee can be! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Coffee Monday: Malt Coffee 1905 Common Sense Papers on Cookery Overview L’Eau de la Vie Recipe 1837

Coffee Monday ~1920

Three Ways to Filter Coffee. Happy Monday! Wouldn't it be wonderful if that coffee pot on the left was shown to-size with the woman in the center? Ahh... I could handle any Monday! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Five Recipes for Sour Milk ~1917 Caramels and Popcorn ~1908 Rules for Eating ~1866  

Strawberry Wine ~1780

Strawberry Wine Recipe. Still strawberry season here. Time to try something new? This recipe comes from the Farmer's Wife, circa 1780. For other home winemakers out there, this recipe is a treat. The recipe calls for yeast inoculation by spreading two sides of bread with the yeast and setting it on top of the primary... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Maxwell House 1919

Happy Monday! The hat says 'Father Knickerbocker' which was the name of one of Washington Irving's friends around 1800 who was a character in Irving's first book. The name also became eponymous for knickerbockers as a piece of clothing that the character wore - not to the hat, as one might imagine in this image, but rather to... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday ~1918

Yuban Advertisement 1918. Happy Monday! You see it in almost every grocer's window... More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Household Management: 4 Cultures 1915 Potatoes with Verjuice ~1825 Cream Custard ~1866

Yuban and Balls ~1918

Yuban Advertisement 1918. Coffee Monday. Happy Monday! This one is lovely. The butler is preparing the table while the young belles make their way down the stairs. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Breakfast Inspiration: Poached Eggs on Toast ~1917 Author’s Message from the Past ~1866 The Housewife ~1897  

Coffee Monday: Dated Coffee ~1937

Chase and Sanborn Dated Coffee.   Happy Monday! What, you may ask, is dated coffee? Dated coffee is always delicious and never has that rancid taste. It sounds expensive, yet its extra richness actually costs you less! Start buying rich but inexpensive Chase and Sanborn dated coffee from your grocer tomorrow and enjoy richer Iced... Continue Reading →

Raspberry Wine ~1810

Berry Season! This raspberry wine recipe comes from A New System of Domestic Cookery (1810). What I really like about it is that (1) it's a simple recipe that's pretty much spot-on in terms of process, and (2) it's small batch. Typically these recipes come in batches of 50 gallons, so this one is a... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday ~1919

Yuban Advertisement 1919. Happy Monday! ...fresh from the roasters, they package all this unusual flavor - package it so that none can escape.  Yuban comes to you as fresh as if it were still warm from the roasters. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Fun Antique Cookbook Titles Domestic Economy and Bliss in 1877 Potato... Continue Reading →

La Ditta R. Petra Wine Co. 1913

San Francisco, CA. The nice thing about having a blog is that you get to indulge whims. Apart from antique cookbooks, I have been known to dabble in wine. Found these images from the L'Italia newspaper, published in San Francisco circa 1913. The newspaper is in Italian, so brush off those conjugations! Judging by the... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday ~1915

Coffee For Your Summer Home. Happy Monday! And here I was worried about my summer coffee supply... Well that's a relief! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks “You may succeed with only a moderate amount of judgement…” Remarks on Pie Making ~1866 Cape Cod Clam Chowder ~1866

Currant Wine ~1929

Currant Wine Recipe. The bounty of summer is upon us! Time to think about making fruit wines. A week or so ago, one of the young men working at the famers market asked the lady in front of us if she'd like some free strawberries and handed her a flat - told her she could... Continue Reading →

Cherry Wine Recipe ~1825

Homemade Cherry Wine. Looking for a cherry wine recipe? This one looks like it has potential. The primary fermentation is spot on in terms of process. I love how they burry it in sand to keep the must cool and then top it with a vine leaf - what imagery! The recipe even calls for... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: White, Fairchild & Co. ~1855

Coffee Advertisement. Happy Monday. How about some obscure vocabulary and inflation calculations to start your day?   But wait, there's more! "The only preparation, unadulterated, which combines the rich oleaginous portion of the coffee berry along with its more solid particles..." Need another cup of coffee to mull over that one! A 1000£ guarantee in... Continue Reading →

Wine Recipes c.1803

Celebrating National Wine day. Wine Recipes of the Early 1800s. Happy National Wine Day! This post is completely self-serving. It's a way for me to index a very curious list of wine recipes to be able to easily go back and check them out later. Let's dissect: Gooseberry Wine was popular because it was the... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: The Coffee Fiend ~1919

The Dreaded Coffee Fiend. Happy Monday! The coffee substitute fiend. Mr. Buffey is always trying to get you to drink "roasted wispies" or "wheat-ocrisp," the last one to be tried being always just as good as the best coffee without any of the injurious qualities of coffee. Coffee Substitutes Coffee substitutes, including roasted wheat and... Continue Reading →

Five Recipes for Sour Milk ~1917

Using Sour Milk. Traveling and end-of-semester events have kept us from eating at home as much as we normally would, which has left me with about 1 gallon of milk that's gone slightly off. The stand-by is to use up sour milk in pancakes, but we're not a big pancake family and there's only so... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Yuban 1920

Yuban Coffee Advertisement. Happy Monday! More Fun Discoveries L’Eau de la Vie Recipe 1837 Coffee Monday: Washington’s Coffee British Wine Maker and Domestic Brewer Review ~1835  

Coffee Monday: Yuban 1919

Yuban Advertisement. Happy Monday! ...The clever hostess has learned that Yuban fulfills this test as no other coffee does. How much satisfaction it gives you when your guest lifts the fragrant, steaming cup, sips the rich liquid, to see the smile of approval that flits across his face. For the very distinguished guest is especially... Continue Reading →

Derby Time! Mint Julep ~1886

Mint Julep Recipe. This Mint Julep recipe post is dedicated to those of you who will be enjoying the Kentucky Derby tomorrow! Cheers! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks May Menu ~1884 Spinage ~1825 Bubble and Squeak ~1855 Source: Miss Corson's Practical American Cookery and Household Management, 1886.

Coffee Monday: Yuban 1914

Yuban Advertisement. Your guests will be quick to appreciate the qualities that make Yuban the choice of the greatest coffee merchants. Happy Monday!   More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Black Bean Soup 1924 Mashed Pumpkin ~1885 September Menu ~1808  

Coffee Monday: Yuban 1916

Yuban Coffee Advertisement. Happy Monday! Where to start with this one? Enjoy! More Fun Discoveries L’Eau de la Vie Recipe 1837 Coffee Monday: Washington’s Coffee British Wine Maker and Domestic Brewer Review ~1835  

Coffee Monday: Yuban 1917

Yuban Coffee Advertisement.   A little pick-me-up for your Monday morning - or to lay the foundations on which the welfare of our country depends. Either/or. More Fun Discoveries L’Eau de la Vie Recipe 1837 Medicinal Preparations And Herbs, Which Every Family Ought To Keep On Hand ~1856/2017 British Wine Maker and Domestic Brewer Review... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Yuban 1921

Yuban Advertisements. Happy Monday! And then... Pancakes and coffee - such coffee. It was hard to tell which warmed the heart more, the coffee or the Southern hospitality. It took several butlers and many covered dishes to serve breakfast at Aunt Letty's on Drive, but her coffee was her pride - its preparation was a... Continue Reading →

Economical Wine ~1825

Economical Homemade Wine Recipe.     If you're a home winemaker, read this one closely. It gets better, and better. How does economical wine work? You start with a cask and fill it partially with water. As fruit refuse becomes available (or any fruit for that matter), you throw it into the cask. Then, you... Continue Reading →

Curved Bottoms on Wine Bottles ~1912

Why Wine Bottles Have Dimpled Bottoms. Have you ever wondered why a wine bottle has a dent on the bottom? Wonder no more! According to this 1912 newspaper excerpt it is to facilitate the cooling or warming of the liquid inside. Seems scientific enough. And obviously calls for experimentation. But is it true? The Wine... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Yuban Cowboys

Yuban. Happy Monday! "The best coffee in the world" was that you made yourself out in Colorado. Smoky, somewhat grimy, but it sent you thirty merry miles in the saddle. Yuban Advertisement, 1921. Coffee Monday: Good Coffee 1880 A Little Cooking Humor ~1897 Nasturtium Sandwiches ~1913

Coffee Monday: Washington’s Coffee

  Washington's Coffee, 1919. Happy Monday! Feeling like you're preparing for battle headed into work? That's why we have Washington's coffee! This advertisement hails from the tail end of WWI and certainly would have resonated with all of the troops returning home. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Coffee Monday: Good Coffee 1880 A Little... Continue Reading →

Wine Shipping Prices ~1912

Price of Wine in 1912 Cheers to wine clubs! For those who enjoy the occasional tipple but live far away from the wine , country, wine clubs offer access. Shipping wine from distributer to consumer has been around for hundreds of years. Here's a curious find. Wine distributor prices from 1912 from Clarke's wine:  Look closely.... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Malt Coffee 1905

Kneipp Malt Coffee Advertisement 1905. Happy Monday! This one is just cruel. Like those practical jokesters that substitute decaf for regular in the break room coffee pot. LOVE the reward of $1000 to anyone who can detect adulteration - from what, exactly? It's already not real coffee... But, it does flush and keep the organs... Continue Reading →

Fannie Farmer Beverages

Chapter III Beverages. Lovely chapter introduction in Fannie Farmer's iconic book for Beverages. Her cookbook was published starting 1887. My version is a 1924 edition. This would have been the height of Prohibition, so no wine, beer, or distilled liquors. We see that section VII covers beverages for medicinal purposes, which could be inclusive of... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Java Mills 1864

Java Mills Coffee Wholesale 1864. Happy Monday! A little pick-me-up for your Monday morning. Looks like this place is still around: 52 Vesey Street, New York. If anyone is in downtown, stop by and ask for E.B. Miller! You'll need a saucepan, a fire, a piece of muslin, coffee grounds and water. And as an... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Good Coffee 1880

Good Coffee 1880. Happy Monday! Here's a "Good Coffee" recipe - simple and straight forward. You will have better coffee than is produced by the most complicated and costly patent machine Watch out, Keurig! You'll need a saucepan, a fire, a piece of muslin, coffee grounds and water. And as an added bonus (because it's... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Coffee Custard 1885

Coffee Custard 1885. Happy Monday! How about a coffee custard to wake you up? I'm not sure how this would work. Custards are more of a solid. According to this process, you bake/cook the custard first, then add the cold coffee liquid afterwards. So is the coffee merely a sauce? Hmmm... Too much thinking required... Continue Reading →

L’Eau de la Vie Recipe 1837

L'Eau de la Vie Recipe Poem. If you start at the top of the page, you'll see the actual recipe for L'Eau de la Vie - French for 'Water of Life'. Moving down the page, you see that the author includes a poem from one of the cookbook contributors that embeds the recipe within. Very... Continue Reading →

Hot Chocolate (American and French) ~1897

Hot Chocolate Recipes - American and French. Simple American and French Hot Chocolate recipes to warm your cold January day! Ingredients: Chocolate, milk, water, sugar. I might add a little salt. More Fun Discoveries Coffee Custard ~1905 Chocolate Cake – Grey Eyes~1905 Army Slap-Jacks ~1886

Meringued Coffee ~1897

Meringued Coffee Recipe. Lots of early coffee recipes use various parts of eggs for fining and flavoring. Whipped cream isn't uncommon, but this is the first recipe I've come across that calls for a meringue and whipped cream concoction. More Fun Discoveries Pumpkin Soup ~1866 The Victorian Home: Yearly Staff Wages ~1880 History of Aunt... Continue Reading →

Wine and Heaven in 1837

Wine Logic from 1837 - "Of wine may be verified the merry induction, that good wine maketh good blood, good blood causeth good humours, good humours cause good thoughts, good thoughts bring forth good works, good works carry a man to heaven; ergo, good wine carrieth a man to heaven" -Howell Source: The Cook and... Continue Reading →

The Art of Pouring Coffee ~1897

Pouring Coffee as Art. As a rule, the guest of honor is offered the first cup, which is the weakest, and the children, if served at all, are given the last and strongest. Okay, then. We'll go with that. This reminds me of those signs in cafes that state: Unattended children will be given an... Continue Reading →

Cocoa ~1886

Cocoa Recipe. This cocoa recipe would be a wonderful experiment if you can get your hands on cocoa beans. If anyone can try it out and let us know, please do in the comments below! Ingredients: Cocoa beans, water, milk. More Fun Discoveries How Funny We Feel ~1831 Pumpkin Diet Drink ~1885 Navigating Antique Cookbooks... Continue Reading →

Maryland Egg-Nogg ~1889

  Maryland Egg-Nogg Recipe. 1 Gallon of Milk 12 Eggs 15 Tbs. Sugar 1 Nutmeg 1 Pint Brandy 1 Pint Jamaica Rum All before getting out of bed - Wow! Bring on the screaming kids! Of course the irony here is that the recipe is printed in the Salt Lake Herald. Hmm... More Fun Discoveries... Continue Reading →

Christmas Eggnog ~1866

Christmas Egg Nog Recipe So the huge issue that we home-cooks typically have with homemade egg nog is that it uses raw eggs. I'm curious to know if all of the alcohol included in this recipe basically nullifies any possibility of food poisoning...Maybe that's not how it works, but I'd like to think so because... Continue Reading →

Fortified Egg-Nog ~1886

Fortified Eggnog Recipe - 'Tis the season...This eggnog recipe is definitely the adult version. Note the summer twist! More Fun Discoveries Hot Apple Toddy A Toast to Fannie Farmer: Documentary Coffee Monday-With Fish Skin ~1856 Source: Miss Corson's Practical American Cookery and Domestic Economy, 1886.

On Persimmons ~1863

The Search for Persimmons - Persimmons are truly a seasonal and regional fruit. The local farmers' market has been flush with persimmons for the past few weeks and I've been looking for persimmon recipes with little luck. Then, a happy coincidence. The Library of Congress had a special blog post on early American beer brewing... Continue Reading →

Mulled Wine ~ 1876

Mulled Wine Ingredients: 1 pint Madeira wine 1 pint hot water Sugar & spice to taste (cloves, cinnamon, anise) 6 egg yolks Teacupful of sweet cream Hmm... This sounds like a great recipe for a holiday party with lots of trusting friends. More Fun Discoveries Interpreting Victorian Baking Temperatures ~1866 Plain Rice (Free of Slime)... Continue Reading →

Hot Apple-Toddy ~1886

This hot apple-toddy recipe sounds delicious! A marvelous treat to any holiday party - or cozy winter's evening in front of the fire. Ingredients: Baked apple pulp 2 Fingers of apple-jack 2 Fingers of boiling water 1 Tbsp. sugar Grated nutmeg Cheers! More Fun Discoveries: Elmina’s Home Remedies – WWII Beef Loaf ~1904 Bread Pudding... Continue Reading →

To Make Lemonade ~1866

All of the details in this recipe are simply delightful, from dollar-piece lemon wedges to crushed raspberries and strawberries. The kids could make some sidewalk money with this one, guaranteed! Welcome Summer! More Fun Discoveries Mrs. Madison’s Whim ~1866 Army Slap-Jacks ~1886 You Will Slay Them By The Thousand ~1856 Source: Mrs. Crowen's American Lady's... Continue Reading →

Wine Sangree ~1866

This is not the familiar sangria recipe that we think of today with fruit, and I'm not sure if the two are related, though it seems likely. The sangree recipes that I've come across all call for port or Madeira with the addition of sugar and spices. Both of these fortified wines would be better... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: French Coffee and Café Noir ~1886

So I learned something new: Boiling the coffee will extract tannins and make it bitter. Hence, the Café Noir uses boiled water and requires extra boiling, but the French coffee explicitly indicates not boiling. Discover More Prefatory Matter on Coffee Gloria Coffee (involves liqueur and fire) Coffee - With Fish Skin Source: Miss Corson's Practical... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday-With Fish Skin ~1856

Note: Isinglass is a kind of gelatin obtained from a fish. What the recipe omits, however, is how one would prepare the fish skin. You also find recipes that use egg whites and egg shells. Home winemakers will recognize both of these ingredients as fining agents to help clarify liquid. Filters won't come on the... Continue Reading →

Prefatory Matter on Coffee ~1856

Introduction to 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... Continue Reading →

Nut and Wine Pairing Recipe ~1886

"Man has been accorded by a kindly nature four stout companions to sustain and console him on his terrestrial pilgrimage. They are wine, spirits, fortified wines and beer. These drinks provide the solace, relaxation and stimulus that a man needs if he is to complete with equanimity his arduous and often arid journey." - Alec... Continue Reading →

On Coffee: Dispeller of Flatulence ~1856

Source: Practical American Cookery and Domestic Economy, Hall, 1856 On the many attributes of coffee: Promotes Digestion Exhilarates the Animal Spirits Dispels Flatulency Removes Dizziness Attenuates Viscid Humors (mucus) Increase Circulation & Perspiration Affects Nerves and Watchfulness Causes Hand Tremors  

Choice Teas and Family Groceries ~1867

Choice Teas Advertisement 1800s Their line of teas embrace all qualities known to housekeepers, and being imported direct are warranted to be "pure and unadulterated." (This sounds like Messrs. W.S. Corwin & Co. would qualify for an organic, non-GMO label!) There are few beverages more grateful than a good cup of tea... Ah, so true... Continue Reading →

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