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:
GEORGE WASHINGTON’S CHRISTMAS EGGNOG
Carve a Small Noggin Cup
Alton Brown on the History of Eggnog
Tom and Jerry Batter and Cocktail Recipe
THE INTERNATIONAL EGGNOG
The Egg Nog Riot
Early English Meals and Manners by Frederick James Furnivall
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.
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.
Scientists Explain Why Nobody Puts Cheddar on Pizza
What is rennet?
Say ‘Prunes’, Not ‘Cheese’: The History of Smiling in Photographs
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!
The thrills of the carnival lie in the bright lights, fun games and crazy rides. Although the sights and sounds are unmistakable the tastes of the carnival are the true reason to celebrate. From sweet to salty, hot to cold there are carnival foods for every flavor.
A History of Popcorn
HISTORY OF THE CORN DOG
The History of the Baltimore Snowball
The Colorful History of Shaved Ice
History of Lemonade
The History of the Ice Cream Cone
Cotton candy: The toothy history of a classic circus treat
There have been many horrific tragedies in the United States but none seem so gruesome as the Donner party. The party was enticed to take a short cut to California instead of the well traveled trail. Many members of the wagon train would not make it to their final destination. The party, being trapped by massive snow storms in the Sierra mountains, we forced to survive by unusual means.
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.
Why isn’t the Chocolate Bhutlah the World’s Hottest Pepper?
The heated battle with zebra mussels and the cayenne pepper myth
Busting Chile Myths with Dave DeWitt
Native American chilie legend.
The mysteries of chili heat
BIG LIST OF HOT PEPPERS
Red Hot Chile Peppers
22 OF THE WORLD’S HOTTEST PEPPERS (AND WHERE TO EAT THEM)