Jefferson and Wine: Pt. IV

February 9, 2011

We’ve been a few blog posts short of a full deck of late (if I may mix metaphors for a moment [Ed. note – accidental alliteration FTW!]), so lets see if we can play catch up…

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Breaking News! Monticello to brew beer again!

January 31, 2011

If you thought the good folks over at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation were going to let ol’ Sam Adams have all the fun you were sorely mistaken…

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TJ Apple of the Month Pt IV:TJ’s Mystery Apple

April 30, 2009
Will the real Taliafero please stand up?

Will the real Taliaferro please stand up?

In 1798, Thomas Jefferson grafted nearly one hundred apples that replaced the Virginia Crab as his favorite cider apple and which, he claimed, was the closest thing to wine that was not wine that he had ever tasted.

What was this mystery apple?

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America’s First Ice Cream Pt. 2

September 16, 2008

I recently blogged about Jefferson’s original vanilla ice cream recipe (although George Washington mentioned an ice cream maker earlier, the first American recipe was written in Jefferson’s hand). I found a modern interpretation of that recipe by the good folks over at Monticello.org. Go here to check it out.


America’s First Ice Cream

September 9, 2008

Jefferson was the first American to adopt many skills, trades, and culture over from Europe, including art, books, Italian architecture, furniture, and cuisine. Many of these were passed down and became uniquley American as well. Ice cream was one of these.

Yes, vanilla ice cream can probably be considered America’sfirst. The folks over at kitchn.com made a go at deciphering TJ’s recipe (and handwriting). For the results of their experiment go here.

TJ's Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

TJ's Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe