Tag Archives: Charleston

‘Shake Until Frost Forms’

In the 19th century, British sailors used to mix their rations of lime juice (to prevent scurvy) with rum, creating the gimlet and other gin-lime cocktails. This Cool o’ the Evening cocktail from the Charleston Receipts (The Junior League of … Continue reading

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A Southern Cocktail for a Snowy Week

One snowstorm down, two more to go this week (forget the Groundhog Day prediction for an early spring). For a diversion, I pulled out Charleston Receipts (Junior League of Charleston, 1950) from my shelf full of Southern cookbooks. The “Simons’ Special” looked … Continue reading

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Stewed Groundhog: ‘The Cleanest Meat One Can Find’

Given this year’s warm winter in New England (so far, so good), I expect that Punxsutawney Phil will predict an early spring on Groundhog Day. The American version of the holiday, celebrated February 2, is 130 years old. In the … Continue reading

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A Sunny Cocktail for the New Year

Mimosa? No, thanks. Even on a day for Champagne, fizzy orange juice seems to start the day off with static. I found and adapted a calmer but still festive orange juice cocktail in Charleston Receipts (1950), recipes collected by the Junior … Continue reading

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Matzo in the Mountains in Charleston, West Virginia

My great-grandfather, A.P. Silverstein, an immigrant from Lithuania, traveled through the central United States as a peddler in the 1890s. As family legend goes, his horse dropped dead and he couldn’t afford another, so he stayed in West Virginia. He … Continue reading

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‘Bullet’ Joe and Big Boy

Back in the days of leather football helmets (not mandatory) and canvas-and-leather shoulder pads, my grandfather captained  his football team at Washington & Lee University to a Southern Championship in 1919. Nicknamed “Bullet Joe” because of his running speed, he … Continue reading

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