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 →

Why all the masquerade I ask?

Why all this masquerade I ask? Are we a parcel of children that we require victuals in the shape of toys? Is it because of the cook's ancient, but silly, privilege to show us they, too, can be painters and sculptors?  No, it is because of our insane desire to dish up everything in some... Continue Reading →

To Dry Artichoke Bottoms 1808

Artichokes are timeless. Their savory flavor always a delicacy on their own, in sauces, or dips. The problem is, however, that their season is so short. Living in Coastal California, you can stop at the roadside stands and pick up bags of little artichokes for a screaming deal - 10/$1, and even the medium sized... 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 →

How to Buy Meat ~1866

Advice for the savvy shopper: Buy of some one particular butcher, and let him choose for you...You will find a uniformity of prices for the same cuts of the best stock, go where you will in the same city. What I enjoy about this excerpt is that it highlights the honest nature of the hardworking... Continue Reading →

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