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Greg

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2011-09-20

About
Run a set of history and cooking blogs with vintage material.

Blogs Owned

1. The Wine Historian

Essays, articles, and discussions on wine history.

Tags: wine, history

2. History of England

Posts on the making of Britain, adapted from "A Student's History of England" and other sources. Kings, queens, castles, Vikings, and more.

Tags: england, history, royalty, kings

3. The Coffee Maker

Articles about the history, cultivation, brewing, drinking, appreciation, and advertising of coffee.

Tags: coffee, history

4. The Bridge Player

Vintage advice on the art of playing the game of bridge, rules, strategy, and etiquette. Most are excerpted from a 1911 encyclopedia edition; from "Bridge; its Principles and Rules of Play", and from other public...

Tags: card games, bridge, playing cards

5. Emily Post Etiquette

Vintage etiquette advice from 1922. Some is quaint; some of it very relevant today. All of it is well-written and fun to read.

Tags: emily post, etiquette, social, manners

6. Short Story Writing

Vintage advice for short story writers on a wide variety of topics. Adapted from "The Writing of the Short Story", 1902, and other sources.

Tags: writing, short story

7. The Vintage Dinner Party

Overly quaint etiquette advice for entertaining from Emily Post, 1922. Whom to invite, what to serve, and how to do it with vintage style!

Tags: entertaining, dinner, party, vintage

8. The Breakfast Chef

Vintage recipes, ideas, and thoughts about the art of cooking a fine breakfast. Lots of tasty ideas from old cookbooks.

Tags: breakfast, cooking, eggs, omlettes, pancakes

9. The Tomato Gardener

A variety of vintage articles and posts on gardening, cultivating, and growing tomatoes.

Tags: tomato, gardening, garden

10. Just Salmon Recipes

Wide collection of salmon recipes including curried salmon, salmon timbale, salmon creole, salmon loaf, baked salmon, lots more.

Tags: salmon, fish, cooking, recipes, seafood

11. Good Public Speaking

Classic advice from Dale Carnegie and other sources that is still very relevant today. Articles on how to create emphasis, use dramatic pause, employ good diction, choose vibrant words, and more.

Tags: public speaking, speech

12. Fannie Farmer Cooking

The Boston School Cookbook was a classic when it was published in 1896. Now in its 13th edition, it's still popular. These articles are from a revised edition in 1921.

Tags: fannie farmer, cooking, baking, recipes

13. The Chess Lover

Articles and posts about the game of chess, its rules, strategies, and history. Articles are excerpted from vintage sources including a 1911 encyclopedia.

Tags: chess, games, checkmate, chessboard

14. History of France

These posts are on the early and medieval history of France, as excerpted from textbooks and public domain sources. Kings, queens, Hundred Year's War, Joan of Arc, more.

Tags: france, history, french, medieval

15. Just Cajun Recipes

“New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin.” Mark Twain - 1884 Laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll!)

Tags: recipes, cajun, louisiana, creole

16. Just Soup Recipes

An eclectic collection of soup-making recipes from vintage cookbooks. Lobster bisque, clam chowder, chicken soup, and lots more.

Tags: cooking, soup, recipes

17. The Ideal Bartender

Vintage drink recipes from a bartending guide originally published in 1917. The book was "dedicated to those who enjoy snug club rooms, that they may learn the art of preparing for themselves what is good."

Tags: bartending, drinks, cocktails, wine, whiskey

18. Just Salad Recipes

Eclectic collection of vintage salad recipes. Many are from the Boston Cooking-School Magazine" that was associated with Fannie Farmer.

Tags: cooking, salads, vegetarian

19. Just Spinach Recipes

All kinds of ideas and recipes for cooking fresh spinach. Excerpted from "Vaughan's Vegetable Cookbook, How to Cook and Use Rarer Vegetables and Herbs", Fourth Edition, 1919, and other old cookbooks. Some good...

Tags: vegan, vegetarian, spinach, cooking, recipes

20. Travels in England

Articles from vintage travel guides about touring and experiencing England. Descriptions of lots of manor houses and abbeys.

Tags: england, uk, britian, abbey, vintage

Latest Blog Posts

  • The Thirty Years' War in Flanders and Italy
    on Oct 20, 2014 in Thirty Years War
    The Thirty Years' War had been raging in Germany for many years, and France had taken no part in it, beyond encouraging the Swedes and the Protestant Germans, as the enemies of the Emperor. But the policy of Richelieu required that the disunion betwe...
  • Richelieu's Administration
    on Aug 31, 2014 in Church
    Cardinal de Richelieu's whole idea of statesmanship consisted in making the King of France the greatest of princes at home and abroad. To make anything great of Louis XIII., who was feeble alike in mind and body, was beyond any one's power, and Riche...
  • The Siege of Rochelle
    on Aug 30, 2014 in Wars of Religion
    The rottenness of the State was chiefly owing to the nobility, who, as long as they were allowed to grind down their peasants and shine at court, had no sense of duty or public spirit, and hated the burghers and lawyers far too much to make common ca...
  • The States-General of 1614
    on Aug 24, 2014 in Kings Wars of Religion
    King Henry IV's second wife, Mary de' Medici, became regent, for her son, Louis XIII., was only ten years old, and indeed his character was so weak that his whole reign was only one long minority. Mary de' Medici was entirely under the dominion of an...
  • Madeira, the King of Wines, 1890
    on Aug 24, 2014 in America Maderia
    Excerpted from "Society as I Have Found It", by Ward McAllister, 1890. According to Wikipedia he was the "self-appointed arbiter of New York society from the 1860s to the early 1890s". Here is his passionate and very readable defense of Madeira wine.
  • Leads Out of Turn
    on Aug 24, 2014 in Rules
    If either of the dealer's adversaries lead out of turn, the dealer may call the card erroneously led, or may call a suit when it is the turn of either adversary to lead. If the dealer lead out of turn, either from his own hand or dummy, he incurs no...
  • Some History of Coffee In New Orleans
    on Aug 24, 2014 in America
    The history of New Orleans as a coffee port may be considered as beginning with the transfer of Louisiana by Napoleon Bonaparte to the United States in 1803. In this year, according to Martin's History of Louisiana, New Orleans imported 1438 bags of...
  • Henry IV's Plans
    on Aug 20, 2014 in Kings Wars of Religion
    Just as the reign of Louis XI. had been a period of rest and recovery from the English wars, so that of Henry IV. was one of restoration from the ravages of thirty years of intermittent civil war. The king himself not only had bright and engaging man...
  • Rules for Declaring Trump in Bridge
    on Aug 19, 2014 in Rules
    The trump is declared. No card is turned. The dealer may either make the trump or pass the declaration to his partner.If the declaration be passed to partner, he must make the trump.Should the dealer's partner make the trump without receiving permis...
  • The Edict of Nantes
    on Aug 19, 2014 in Kings Wars of Religion
    In 1598 King Henry IV put forth what was called the Edict of Nantes, because first registered in that parliament. It secured to the Huguenots equal civil rights with those of the Catholics, accepted their marriages, gave them, under restrictions, per...
  • Early American Winemaking in the Colony of Virginia
    on Aug 19, 2014 in America Maderia
    Excerpted from "The Grapes of New York", 1908, by U. P. Hedrick. A nice concise overview of an early attempt to grow European grapes on American soil, with an interesting note on the locals preferring Maderia!The English were the first to plant the O...
  • Bridge Rules for When a New Deal is Required
    on Aug 18, 2014 in Dealing Rules
    There must be a new deal: If the cards be not dealt into four packets, one at a time, and in regular rotation, beginning at the dealer's left.If, during a deal, or during the play of a hand, the pack be proven incorrect or imperfect.If any card be fa...
  • Rules for Card Shuffling in Bridge
    on Jun 27, 2014 in Dealing Rules
    The pack must neither be shuffled below the table nor so the face of any card be seen. The dealer's partner must collect the cards for the ensuing deal and he has the first right to shuffle the cards. Each player has the right to shuffle subsequentl...
  • Saving a Re-entry Card for the Dummy's Long Suit
    on Jan 2, 2014 in Example Bridge Hands
    The score is love-all, rubber game. The dealer, Z, makes it no-trump, and A leads for the first trick. ♠A 9 6 5 2♣9 8 7♦6 5 4♥6 5♠J 10♣ K 10♦ J 9 7 2♥K J 8 4 2   Y  ♠ Q 7 4♣ Q J 5 4 3 ♦ A 3♥ 10 9 7A  B ...
  • Smells Like Coffee, 1957
    on Dec 31, 2013 in Advertising America Video
    From 1957, this well-produced Hills Brother's coffee commercial claims that it is the first instant coffee that "smells like coffee". This does precede "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by many years! Enjoy.
  • Henry IV
    on Dec 30, 2013 in Kings
    The Leaguers proclaimed as king an old uncle of the King of Navarre, the Cardinal of Bourbon, but all the more moderate Catholics rallied round Henry of Navarre, who took the title of Henry IV.At Ivry, in Normandy, Henry met the force of Leaguers, an...
  • Testing The Validity of Your Speech's Argument
    on Dec 29, 2013 in Subject and Preparation
    Editor's Note: here is a very clear and specific outline for testing the correctness, soundness, and resliience of the argument you are making in your speech. Checking your idea against any of these conditions is bound to improve your skill in arguin...
  • Being Confident When Making a Speech
    on Dec 28, 2013 in Developing Confidence
    To secure confidence, be confident. How can you expect others to accept a message in which you lack, or seem to lack, faith yourself? Confidence is as contagious as disease. Napoleon rebuked an officer for using the word "impossible" in his presence.
  • Cnut's Government
    on Dec 28, 2013 in Normans
    Cnut had thus made himself master of a great empire, and yet, Dane as he was, though he treated Englishmen and Danes as equals, he gave his special favour to Englishmen. He restored, as men said, the laws of Eadgar—that is to say, he kept peace and...
  • Cnut and the Earldoms. 1016—1035
    on Dec 26, 2013 in Normans
    Cnut was one of those rulers who, like the Emperor Augustus, shrink from no barbarity in gaining power, but when once they have acquired it exercise their authority with moderation and gentleness.He began by outlawing or putting to death men whom he...

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