For years we have been threatening to record an episode about nog. After years of shooting it down, we have finally decided to give it a go. As it turns out nog had a rich and frothy backstory. So join us to learn everything from George Washington’s personal eggnog recipe to the traditional way a wooden nogging is carved.
Mentioned in this episode:
Tom and Jerry Batter and Cocktail Recipe
Carve a Small Noggin Cup
Early English Meals and Manners by Frederick James Furnivall
The Snallygaster is a Maryland based cryptid whose description is so bizarre that is almost sounds like some kind of Lovecraftian horror. Half eagle, half reptile with razor sharp teeth so hard and dark they look like steel. It has wings to small for its body but yet it flies. It has one large eye in the middle of its forehead like some kind of reptile cyclops. it also has tentacles coming out of its mouth like it has a large octopus as a tongue. Beware the Snallygaster, especially if you are a drinker. We have heard it has a fondness for moonshine.
Florida Man is a Recent development in the public consciousness. Some of the strangest news headlines seem to come out of this semi-tropical state. So is the heat, the direct sunlight, or something more nefarious causing the phenomenon known as Florida Man.
Zombie drugs? Florida man stabs couple, eats dead man’s face.
Sake or sometimes known as rice wine is an ancient and reviled beverage in several Asian cultures. Although more akin to beer in the brewing process, when it comes to flavor it is closer to wine. It can be drank at a variety of temperatures, as well as in cocktails. Through researching and recording this episode Chris and Joe realized that Sake is wholly its own unique alcohol.
We have recorded episodes about several alcohols and their mixers but have, until this moment, largely ignored a cocktail staple, bitters. Bitter herbs have been used medicinally for centuries but have had a bit of a roller coaster ride in the last 200 years. They became extremely popular during the 1800’s with the advent of cocktail parties, to virtually disappearing with America’s prohibition period. Although a few have stood steadfast in that time many new bitter making companies are popping up. Sometimes what you need is that old-timey flavor in today’s day and age. So don’t be bitter, just try some in your next cocktail.
Cocktail 101: All About Bitters
10 Things You Need To Know About Bitters
Cask Strength: Peychaud’s, Angostura, Regan’s No. 5 and Why bitters matter, and recipes on how to make bitters.
Cheese is one of mankind’s greatest inventions. Whether it be mass produced or artisan, sharp or mild, fresh or cave ripened, there is a cheese for you. So join us for this very gooey, possibly moldy, and most likely pungent cheese filled episode.
Say ‘Prunes’, Not ‘Cheese’: The History of Smiling in Photographs
The story of fondue
MAKING RENNET FROM FIG SAP?
Scientists Explain Why Nobody Puts Cheddar on Pizza
The History of bottling and canning. Without innovations in food and beverage storage we would not have expeditions, craft beer, and green casserole. It’s something we don’t think about much but has a long and storied history.
Thanks to Tony E for bringing his knowledge to us on this episode!
This Episode we bring the Heat! Capsicum (methyl-n-vanillyl nonenamide) is the chemical that creates the burning sensation when eating chilies and hot peppers. Dana talks about the health benefits of hot peppers and we try some of the dreaded super hots.
Native American chilie legend.
6 Common Foods with Nicotine Content
The heated battle with zebra mussels and the cayenne pepper myth
Red Hot Chile Peppers
BIG LIST OF HOT PEPPERS
The mysteries of chili heat
22 OF THE WORLD’S HOTTEST PEPPERS (AND WHERE TO EAT THEM)
Why isn’t the Chocolate Bhutlah the World’s Hottest Pepper?
There are stories of people living after death by preying on the blood and life-force of the living. The vampire has been romanticized, villainized, sexualized, and monsterized. The tales of the vampire is centuries old and shows no signs of stopping. What is it about these undead creatures that fascinates us? We try to answer these questions on this weeks episode.
World Vampire Myths
Mr. Vampire + Rigor Mortis
The Batman of Earth-43
The story of Cain
The Great New England Vampire Panic
The True Story Behind Those “Antique” Vampire Hunting Kits