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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…