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We Tried 6 Methods of Caramelizing Onions and Found a Clear Winner via Kitchn

February 18th, 2020 No comments
 
Even though I’ve been cooking personally and professionally for more than a decade, perfectly caramelized onions have always been elusive. This is probably because I’m extremely impatient, and as Slate once famously pointed out, many recipes lie about just how long it really takes to achieve true caramelization (doing it in five minutes is not a thing).
 
Despite that, there is no end to the methods that claim to make the task faster or easier. I was determined to try as many methods as I could find. After some careful research, I found six that looked interesting: a basic stovetop method from Bon Appétit, a quicker (15-minute) method from J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, a slow cooker method from the Pioneer Woman, an oven-roasted method from Food Network, an Instant Pot method from Martha Stewart, and finally a stovetop method from Cooks Illustrated that suggested using a little baking soda.

Literally The Best Mix-In for Pasta Ever via Spoon University

February 13th, 2020 No comments
There are a couple of tricks in this article I am going to try in my own kitchen. As we get older, I am finding we need to amp-up the flavors in our foods to keep them appealing. Some say this is due to worn out tastebuds as we age, but I think it also has to do with providing a variety to our palate to keep food interesting and delightful. — Douglas
 
Literally The Best Mix-In for Pasta Ever via Spoon University
I love pasta in all its forms. Recently, I’ve become obsessed with a Youtube channel called Pasta Grannies, which is about (you guessed it) Italian grandmas making all kinds of pasta types. One of the first videos I saw was of a Pasta Granny making su filindeu, or “threads of God,” a Sardinian pasta type that is typically served in a rich broth as a soup to feed travelers on pilgrimages.
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Historical Cooking Books – 45 in a series – New York World’s Fair cook book: the American kitchen (1939) by Crosby Gaige

February 9th, 2020 No comments

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Historical Cooking Books – 45 in a series – New York World’s Fair cook book: the American kitchen by Crosby Gaige

Historical Cooking Books - 45 in a series - New York World's Fair cook book: the American kitchen by Crosby GaigeHistorical Cooking Books - 45 in a series - New York World's Fair cook book: the American kitchen by Crosby Gaige

Historical Cooking Books - 45 in a series - New York World's Fair cook book: the American kitchen by Crosby GaigeHistorical Cooking Books - 45 in a series - New York World's Fair cook book: the American kitchen by Crosby Gaige

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Preface

The association of good food and fairs is traditional in America, its roots going back to the very beginnings of the country to the first live stock fairs held in agricultural communities. At these gatherings of the farming and village gentry there was a seemly display of American food on the hoof, in the raw so to speak. Fine hogs, little lambs that went baa-a, handsome cattle, proud and dignified, chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys, prize pumpkins, rosy apples, superb cabbages — shown, to be sure, not so much as prospective edibles to the admiring throng gath ered around them, but as examples of what the well-stocked farm should have as starters. Progenitors of a nation’s food supply were these displays. Incidentally some of the best things ever eaten by man were carried to these fairs in the basket lunches of the farm wives and vil lagers of the day.

From crossroads fairs we progressed to county and state fairs, and now in 1939 comes the greatest fair the land has ever known — an inter national exhibition representative of every industry and art in our broad continent and reflecting at the same time the arts and industries of nearly every country of the rest of the world.

Now since the character of our fairs has been expanded so widely there, nevertheless, is still an occasion for food to be discussed in rela tion to such an event. I doubt if there will be many basket lunches carried to the New York World’s Fair of 1939. Certainly there will be no need for such burdens, no matter how savory the contents, be cause to feed the hungry thousands who will attend there are distin guished restaurants set up, staffed and operated by foreign exhibitors, with their native dishes superbly cooked by native chefs. And of course, in addition, there will be many American restaurants on the grounds of the New York fair, not to mention the several thousands of tearooms, restaurants, hotel dining rooms and cafes of Manhattan which always function and which will be especially on their toes to appeal to the vis itors of the fair. Basket luncheons indeed!

Just the same, this occasion calls to mind those old-time baskets over flowing with the delicious simples of our early kitchens. And to those good housewives of bygone days whose arts of the kitchen were the forerunners of our modern cookery, I present my gratitude. No attempt has been made in this collection to present a uniform cook book in the pattern of the standard volumes usually prepared. This is a selection of recipes from the six geographical sections of the United States ; count less delicious dishes had to be omitted from each section, for one reason or another, but it is hoped that the most typical and characteristic dishes of each are included. Or if they are so similar to famous dishes of another state, as is often the case, then to avoid repetition they are omitted and other local favorites stressed.

Here is American cookery from coast to coast, and here, too, are some of the dishes you will eat when you visit the World of Tomorrow as it is depicted by the imagination and engineering and skill of those who planned the New York World’s Fair of 1939.

March 1, 1939.



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Historical Cooking Books – 44 in a series – The London art of cookery and housekeeper’s complete assistant by John Farley (1789)

January 28th, 2020 Comments off

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Historical Cooking Books – 44 in a series –  The London art of cookery and housekeeper’s complete assistant : on a new plan, made plain and easy to the understanding of every housekeeper, cook, and servant in the kingdom : containing proper directions for the choice of all kinds of provisions, instructions for trussing poultry, roasting and boiling all sorts of butchers meat, poultry, game, and fish, baking, broiling and frying sauces for every occasion, soups, broths, stews, and hashes, ragoos and fricassees, made dishes, both plain and elegant, all sorts of pies and puddings, pancakes and fritters, proper instructions for dressing fruits and vegetables, pickling, potting, and preserving, the preparation of hams, tongues, and bacon, to keep garden stuffs and fruits in perfection, the whole art of confectionary, the preparation of sugars, tarts, puffs, and pasties , cakes, custards, jams, and jellies, drying, candying, and preserving fruits, &c. elegant ornaments for entertainments, instructions for carving, necessary articles for sea-faring persons, made wines, cordial waters, and malt liquors : to which is added, an appendix, containing considerations on culinary poisons, directions for making broths, &c. for the sick, a list of things in season in the different months of the year, marketing tables, &c. &c. : embellished with a head of the author, and a bill of fare for every month in the year, elegantly engraved on thirteen copper-plates
by John Farley

by John Farley

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Historical Cooking Books – 43 in a series – Cups and their customs by George Edwin Roberts (1863)

January 19th, 2020 Comments off

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Historical Cooking Books – 43 in a series – Cups and their customs by George Edwin Roberts (1863)

Historical Cooking Books - 43 in a series - Cups and their customs by  George Edwin Roberts (1863)

Historical Cooking Books - 43 in a series - Cups and their customs by  George Edwin Roberts (1863)

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PREPACE.

The principal object of these pages is to furnisli a collection of recipes for the brewing of com- pound drinks, technically termed ” Cups/’ all of which have been selected with the most scrupu- lous attention to the rules of gastronomy, and their virtues tested and approved by repeated trials. These we are inclined to put into type, from a belief that, if they were more generally adopted, it would be the means of getting rid of a great deal of that stereotyped drinking which at present holds sway at the festive boards of England. In doing this, we have endeavoured to simplify the matter as much as possible, adding such hints and remarks as may prove serviceable to the uninitiated, whilst we have discarded a goodly number of modern com- pounds as unpalatable and unscientific. As, in this age of progress, most things are raised to the position of a science, we see no reason why

Bacclianology (if the term please our readers) should not hold a respectable place, and be entitled to its due mead of praise ; so, by way of introduction, we have ventured to take a cursory glance at the customs which have been attached to drinking from the earliest periods to the present time. This, however, we set forth as no elaborate history, but only as an arrange- ment of such scraps as have from time to time fallen in our way, and have helped us to form ideas of the social manners of bygone times.

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Traditional Peanut Butter Cookies via Instagram

December 12th, 2019 Comments off

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Traditional Peanut Butter Cookies via Instagram

One more batch to bake for this year’s Christmas Cookie Party. Then it’s a full focus on organizing and clean up.

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M&M Cookies via Instagram

December 10th, 2019 Comments off

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M&M Cookies via Instagram

Annual cookie party this weekend. I think this is the 10th variety I have made so far. Still have a couple more to go.

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My #Kitchenaid Workhorse via Instagram

December 10th, 2019 Comments off

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This has been getting a lot of use this week as I prepare for my annual Christmas cookie party. I’m up to about 50 dozen cookies at this point with about another 20 dozen to go. This mixer makes everything easier and faster — an important point when you are making so much in a short time.

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A Bartender’s Library – An Online, Searchable Library for the Bartending Profession via EUVS Library

December 3rd, 2019 Comments off
A Bartender's Library - An Online, Searchable Library for the Bartending Profession via euvslibrary.com

THE BARTENDING PROFESSION has a rich and varied history that only recently has come to light during the past two decades. Vintage cocktail and distillation books filled with recipes, techniques, and management procedures are being unearthed and collected at an unprecedented pace.

For the new generations of bartenders these rare volumes, dating from the 1820s through the 1940s, are financially out of reach. However, these sources of research are crucial to career development and creative inspiration as well as to personal advancement in a profession that has rediscovered a justifiable sense of pride and purpose.

Over the coming year, we will make available free, digitised versions of these classics that you can read online and search in a user-friendly, page-through format. With over 1,000 volumes at our access, we need your help in deciding which volumes you find most important to you as a bar professional.

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Historical Cooking Books – 42 in a series – Christmas recipes by Anna Lee Scott

December 1st, 2019 Comments off

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Historical Cooking Books – 42 in a series – Christmas recipes by Anna Lee Scott

Historical Cooking Books - 42 in a series - Christmas recipes by Anna Lee Scott

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Christmas Dinner Menu No. 1

FRUIT-JUICE COCKTAIL
ROAST STUFFED TURKEY, CHICKEN OR VEAL
GIBLET OR MILK GRAVY
CRANBERRY JELLY BREAD SAUCE
RICED OR MASHED POTATOES
CREAMED CAULIFLOWER BAKED SQUASH
MINCE PIE CHEESE
COFFEE
FRUIT NUTS MINTS



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