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  • Day 30 of Jacob's Journey: Struck by Jersey Lightning

    Posted on August 6, 2012

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    August 6, 1819
    You never know what your eyes are going to lay upon in a local tavern; businessmen mixed with wayward rogues in one corner; ladies with their ragamuffins in tow in another. I hear you have to venture way out west before you come across the saloons, which cater to menfolk only and specialize in liquor only, no grub. You also never know what new libation will cross your lips. I asked the tapster on duty if he recommend something different than the usual ales and whiskeys. A towering man and veteran of the war of 1812 himself, he looked down at me through his one good eye and said, "Son, I think it's time you had your first taste of what's known 'round these parts as Jersey Lightning."
    Jersey Lightning--so named because it helped pay road construction men just a few decades prior--is better known as Applejack. Applejack is a liquor made from distilled apple cider, and a favorite imbibe of President George Washington. Lemme tell you, it also delivers quite a kick! After a few shots on an empty belly I was ready to skip my bath and hit the hay directly! Fortunately, a meal of beef and carrot stew and fresh baked bread helped with the sobering effects.
    This here Applejack has become my new favorite beverage, and I asked the bartender for some for the road--conveniently stored in my Great American Flask. If you're not acquainted with my copper flask yet, you can see it for yourself here. It makes a great vessel for discretely enjoying any beverage on the go.

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  • Day 22 of Jacob's Journey: Hot Potato

    Posted on July 26, 2012

    July 26, 1819

    Another invention I have drummed up this summer is what I'm fondly calling the Authentic Potato Baker. Why, with all the travelin' light, I'm finding I'm able to create every day, all day, with only breaks for meals, "shut eye", and ahem--when nature calls! Imagine enjoying scrumptious potatoes baked just right with a crispy outer skin and fluffy inside, slathered with butter and sour cream, or any topping your heart desires. The prongs help cook the potatoes from the inside out. Why, family and friends can gather 'round the fire not just for warm and hearty, wholesome potatoes, but chats about the crops over a game or two of cards. I just have to share my invention with my fellow citizens throughout our great nation! Amongst other products, it was put together here by American hands with tender lovin' care. Check out this fine relic for yourself.

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  • Day 21 of Jacob's Journey: The Great Blueberry Festival and Bakeoff

    Posted on July 20, 2012

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    July 20, 1819

    Along the outskirts of Philadelphia, Pioneer and I stumbled upon a sweet surprise. For summer is blueberry season, and the city was putting on a big to-do called the Great Blueberry Festival and Bakeoff. Why, there were pies, cakes, cobblers, iced tea and all manner of things blueberry. Who would gander that a down-home gathering could be organized around this one food?

    I tried so many blueberry goodies that I don't doubt my tongue will be stained purple until September! After tasting so many treats it was tougher than boot leather to choose a favorite, but I finally chose one that can be baked in my very own Legendary Bread Pan: the Double Blueberry Cake, a succulent loaf that was topped with a lemony blueberry sauce. Mmmmmm!

    If you want to try this cake out for yerself, click here for the recipe from Buttered-Up.com. Happy blueberry pickin' and eatin'!

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