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 →

Grape Harvest ~2019

Merlot & Petit Verdot. Ho! Tis that time of year. Once again harvest is upon us. The last several weeks have been dedicated to all things grape fermentation. Cleaning. Picking. Crushing. Pressing. Cajoling family and friends to come and help. And cleaning once again. This year we headed out to the vineyard early on a... Continue Reading →

Senate Beer ~1943

Happy Friday! No steak? No beefing if you've got Senate beer! Fun WWII advertisement that mentions rationing. The Christian Heurich Brewing Company,┬áof Senate Beer fame, was founded in the 1870s and operated out of Foggy Bottom in Washington, D.C. It quickly became the largest brewer in D.C. Operations expanded under the founder, Christian Heurich, who... 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!

Ginger Wine Recipe ~1770

How to Make Ginger Wine. Today's post is an update on the ginger wine project started back in January. Backstory: 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:... Continue Reading →

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