Food

Barbecues in Gilded Age America

The barbecue was an established institution in the Southwest. It had in no other part of the country so many devotees. There was a charm in the name that would at any time call together a large concourse of people, on the shortest notice, and for any occasion. And the savory smell of roasted ox, …

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The Art of Composing a Menu

Hosting a dinner party required more than an elegant setting and congenial guests, it required the host or hostess’s utmost skill in planning a menu. The general serving pattern was hors d’oeuvres, soup, fish, entree, removes, meat, salad, savoury, sorbet, dessert, but the best planners and cooks knew which dishes would complement during a long …

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Happy Birthday to Coca-Cola!

In a 1914 issue of Cosmopolitan, Coca-Cola Vice President Samuel Candler Dobbs recounts the history of the drink and the company: When Coca-Cola was first offered to the trade the soda water business was an insignificant item in both confectionery and drug stores. Coca-Cola sales in its first year were extremely small, about 25 gallons …

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