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:
Alton Brown on the History of Eggnog
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.
10 Things You Need To Know About Bitters
Cocktail 101: All 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
What is rennet?
Scientists Explain Why Nobody Puts Cheddar on Pizza
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.
The History of the Ice Cream Cone
A History of Popcorn
The History of the Baltimore Snowball
HISTORY OF THE CORN DOG
The Colorful History of Shaved Ice
The Origins of Caramel Corn
History of Lemonade
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.
For as long as we can remember people have been putting things on top of things. Pizza is one good example we have already covered. A completely different animal is condiments. They are tasty liquids, powders, sauces and gravies used to enhance flavors on a larger entree. They sound mundane until their origins are uncovered from history. So it’s barbecue season. Lets grill a burger and smother it.