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  • Day 7 of Jacob's Journey: Aches and Griddlecakes

    Posted on May 18, 2012

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    May 4, 1819

    There is no finer traveling time than May. Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and the bees are a-buzzing. Unfortunately, they're also a-stinging, as my poor steed Pioneer found out today. While passing a grove of lilac trees along a farm, a big ol' bumblebee--laden with pollen--landed on Pioneer's rump. Before I had the chance to swat it away, I found myself landing--with a big TWACK in the middle of the dirt road.

    I was unscathed, but a little achy. The farmer and his wife who witnessed the show were kindly people. They helped me to my shaky feet and invited me into their abode (and Pioneer into a field where he recovered from his sting with a bucket of oats.) And it was in their hearth that I was treated to a stack of bacon and corn griddle cakes--the best that ever passed my lips! As the father's wife, Mary, said to me, "Mr. Bromwell, there are few things that a good bellyful of griddle cakes cannot fix." I declare Mary to be correct. Oh, a nip of the farmer's whiskey stash may have lent a helping hand as well.

    To try these scrumptious griddle cakes for yourself, just click here for the recipe from

    Next stop: Berkeley Springs, West Virginia--said to be the oldest spa in our good nation! Here's hoping for bee-free passage!

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  • A Good Deal

    Posted on May 15, 2012

    You modern folk have it as nice as pie when it comes to getting a good deal on a purchased good—there’s all kinds of discounts and vouchers to be found. Why, back in my day getting a good deal meant bargaining and trading one item for another, often with a shifty eyed huckster who would try to pass off bottled tea for decades old whiskey.

    That’s why I like to make it easy for my customers to get themselves a price break on my products, the easy way: just sign up for the Jacob Bromwell newsletter, which arrives at your email address every other month. Each issue contains a discount code or promotion on a particular item, and is chock full of fun historical tidbits o’ info about seasonal or American family traditions.

    So go on and click here and fill out your info to start receiving the Jacob Bromwell newsletter—you can thank ol’ Jacob later!

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  • Day 5 of Jacob's Journey: Greater With a Grater

    Posted on May 9, 2012

    May 2, 1819


    Along the road out of Hagerstown, I met a group of men gathered around a campfire, and they invited me to stay for dinner. The cookie's name was Nathaniel Morgan, and I dare say he was the finest cook I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. He was a fubsy old coot, knee high to a grasshopper, with an evil eye and half an ear. But what he lacked in ears and demeanor he made up for in culinary mastery. He claimed to have learned everything about cookery between the start of Texas Revolution and the end of the Spanish-American War, picking up tips from survivalist soldiers and renowned chefs alike. After polishing off his pork, beans and cornbread he told me over a round of tequila, “Bromwell you old sonofagun, if you wanna be great, you gotta dance like you’ve got tabasco pumpin’ in yer veins. But if you wanna be greater... get a grater.” I will never forget his sage words.

    Now I know what to name the grater I bought along for the trip: Morgan’s Famous Grater. It's made the same way it was nearly two-hundred years ago. It features fine, medium, and coarse grating surfaces, plus a slicing surface, making you master of cheese and produce. You can request it finished in either stainless steel or original tin (my favorite, since it stays sharper longer).

    Next time you’re in the kitchen with inferior cookware, just think: Can my kitchen get any greater? Now it can, with Morgan’s Famous Grater.

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