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Huge, gleaming, coffee roaster inside of @starbucksmilanoofficial via Instagram

June 7th, 2019 No comments

What are your favorite coffee or tea drink? Share in the comments!

Huge, gleaming, coffee roaster inside of @starbucksmilanoofficial

Huge, gleaming, coffee roaster inside of @starbucksmilanoofficial via Instagram

This store, the first in Italy, open last September, the day before we arrived for the Screenwriting Research Network conference. 
The store is a veritable coffee amusement park with typical Starbucks drinks and food as well as a full-service Italian “bar” with drinks and food and a very classy design. 

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Historical Cooking Books: The American woman’s cook book (1939) by Ruth Berolzheimer – 26 in a series

April 16th, 2019 Comments off

Archive.org has a host of old cookery books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these books. I’ll be sharing more books as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas


Historical Cooking Books: The American woman’s cook book by Ruth Berolzheimer – 26 in a series

What might you find in these old cookbooks? What special recipes have been handed down to you? Share in the Comments!

Historical Cooking Books: The American woman's cook book by Ruth Berolzheimer - 26 in a seriesHistorical Cooking Books: The American woman's cook book by Ruth Berolzheimer - 26 in a series

Historical Cooking Books: The American woman's cook book by Ruth Berolzheimer - 26 in a seriesHistorical Cooking Books: The American woman's cook book by Ruth Berolzheimer - 26 in a series

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USE OF RECIPES

To become a good cook requires more than the blind following of a recipe. This is frequently illustrated when several women living in the same community, all using the same recipe, obtain widely differing results. It is the reason so many cooks say, “I had good luck with my cake to-day,” or “I had bad luck with my bread yesterday.” Happily, luck causes neither the success nor the failure of a product. To become a good cook means to gain a knowledge of foods and how they behave, and skill in manipulating them. The recipe by itself, helpful as it is, will not produce a good product; the human being using the recipe must interpret it and must have skill in handling the materials it prescribes.

Some of the lessons which the person desiring to become a good cook should learn are given in the following pages. They will not be learned all at once; but if they are gradually mastered, luck will play a less important part in culinary conversation.

Reviewer: Judith Martin – favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite – December 15, 2009 
Subject: American Woman’s Cook Book (1939)

This is the book my mother lived by when it came to cooking for the family “army” when all 30 of them showed up for the Christmas Eve Party at our house. Her two sisters had this book as well, so they did some of the cooking and baking to keep Mom from having to do all the cooking in her tiny kitchen. And, as for entertaining, this book still has it all when it comes to table settings and where the water and wine glasses have to go
 
Publication date1939
PublisherChicago : Published for Culinary Arts Institute by Consolidated Book Publishers, Inc.
Digitizing sponsorMSN
LanguageEnglish
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Porter at Eureka, Claremont, California via Instagram

April 14th, 2019 Comments off

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Porter at Eureka, Claremont, California

Since we had to drive to Cal Poly for an awards presentation for @drrosannewelch and an eSports event for @gogojosephw, we took some time out for a stroll and dinner in Downtown Claremont. There we had drinks and dinner at @eurekaclaremont. We ended the evening at a poetry and music show at @sanctuarycoffee, a non-profit coffeehouse that donates all profits to public assistant organizations. 

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After lunch caffé at Kellogg Ranch via Instagram

April 3rd, 2019 Comments off

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After lunch caffé at Kellogg Ranch

Rosanne and I had lunch, along with my sister, Denise, at the nice Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch. This is part of their hospitality program and staffed by students.

I love having a nice caffé (as the Italians call it) after a nice meal. 

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The 7 Best Cheap Whiskeys Under $40 via Gear Patrol

April 1st, 2019 Comments off
Always looking for that next, great tasting, deal! — Douglas
 
Too often, whiskey lists are compilations of fancy, limited-run bottles that are either impossible to track down or simply too expensive – usually both. After all, when there’s rent to pay and mouths to feed, people can’t always slap down hundreds of dollars on a bottle of hooch, regardless of its age or collectability. And truth be told, you don’t have to. There are still great deals to be had on unique and delicious bourbons, single malts and even Japanese bottles if you know where to look. But seeking out undervalued whiskey is not without risk – there’s a lot of nasty stuff out there. So avoid the swill and check out these fine bottles that deliver maximum bang for under 40 bucks.
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The 5 Best Whiskeys for an Old Fashioned via MyDomaine

February 20th, 2019 Comments off
I have to say I totally agree with their top choice — Buffalo Trace. In a recent cross tasting I found to be the best whether sipping straight or mixing into a cocktail. In fact, it tastes so good, it almost seems wasted in a cocktail. — Douglas
 

Broadly acclaimed as the original cocktail, the old fashioned is a core element of any whiskey lover’s repertoire. Variations of the recipe date back to the Civil War era, with the name “old fashioned” attributed to the Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky. The fact that the cocktail was already called an “old fashioned” in 1881 certainly speaks to its old-school cred. To this day (as evidenced by its presence on the most mouthwatering cocktail menus), few recipes have made a bigger impact on craft-cocktail culture.

The drink is comprised of bourbon or whiskey and usually just a bit of sugar, bitters, and an orange peel to garnish. Although the recipe itself is simple, picking the perfect whiskey can be a challenge. There’s rye whiskey, Kentucky bourbon, and many more options to choose from. All are made in their own unique way and offer different flavors.

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Tequila Old Fashioned Recipe via Garden & Gun

February 13th, 2019 Comments off
Even in the cocktail-forward South, tequila sometimes gets an unfair rep as the shot of choice for college kids, or something to hide beneath a margarita mix. But a fine tequila, such as Jalisco, Mexico’s Patrón Añejo, is aged in white oak barrels for twelve to fifteen months, and is a smooth, nuanced sipper. The oak imparts a warmth and depth reminiscent of bourbon. Just in time for the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), swap in aged tequila for bourbon in a twist on an Old Fashioned.

 

Find more Old Fashioned Recipes in this book

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First Starbucks in Italy – Piazza Cordusio, Milano, Italy via Instagram

January 17th, 2019 Comments off

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First Starbucks in Italy - Piazza Cordusio, Milano, Italy via Instagram

First Starbucks in Italy – Piazza Cordusio, Milano, Italy

We Happened to be in Milan the day the Starbucks opened.

Didn’t go the first day as it was packed, but took some photos and video on day two.

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Lakota Coffee, Columbia, Missouri via Instagram

January 15th, 2019 Comments off

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Lakota Coffee, Columbia, Missouri via Instagram

Lakota Coffee, Columbia, Missouri

My favorite spot to caffeinate and hang out when we are in Columbia for the Citizen Jane Film Festival. 

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Getting a “roast” on at Shortwave Coffee, Columbia, Missouri via Instagram

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